Just back from the 4 day festival of Exit, held in the Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Serbia…
Sorry Seth, I had to show the world you’re wonderful dancing!
“The EXIT festival came into being in the year 2000 as an act of rebellion against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, that had for years been keeping Serbia out of touch with the outside world. That summer thousands of young people from Novi Sad gathered in the campus park by the Danube River where concerts, parties and art performances took place. There were also discussions and debates where the young were able to express their opposition to the imposed nationalism, xenophobia, censorship and repression. The event lasted for 100 days and its grand finale was the ‘Get out to Vote’ party, which was held one day before the elections that saw the downfall of Milosevic.”
For more go here
We are meant to read EXIT!
The Dance stage positioned in the moat of the fortress.
I think from now on I’ll be a fair weather festival goer, to my delight there wasn’t a drop of mud in sight!!
Image Via the BBC
Check out their website, Exit.
Thankyou to all you lovely people that made it such a hoot, I’m looking forward to doing it all over again soon.xx
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Tagged EXIT, EXIT Festival 2011, Festival, Music, Petrovaradin Fortress of Novi Sad, Portishead, Roads, Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic
Posted in Art, Geography, Photography, Surfing, These are a few of my favourite things..., Travel
Tagged Ansel Adams, Beach, Black and White, Clouds, Fine Art, Hengki Koentjoro, Hubble telescope, Joseph Szabo, Julian de Armas, Man and Nature, Mountains, National Geographic, Nature, Oceans, Photography, Sea, Space, Underwater Photography
National Geographic compiled a list of the top 20 adventures on the planet. Here’s a few of them…
Dive the Blue Holes, Photograph by Wes Skiles, National Geographic
Descend Into an Active Volcano, Photograph by Bradley Ambrose
Climb, Swim, or Surf the Poles, Photograph by Yassine Ouhilal
Cross the Sahara Desert, Photograph by Joerg Modrow, laif/Redux
Megatransect the Amazon, Photograph by Peter McBride
Wingsuit Fly off the Eiger , Photograph by Corey Rich, Aurora
Swim with Great Whites – South Africa Photograph by Jeb Corliss
Ski K2, Photograph by Dave Watson
Free Climb Yosemite’s El Capitan, Photography by Jimmy Chin
For the rest of the list and info (definitely worth a read) on each adventure click here.
Posted in Geography, Mountain Biking, Photography, Snowboarding, Surfing, These are a few of my favourite things..., Travel
Tagged Adventure, Climb, Cross the Sahara Desert, Descend Into an Active Volcano, Dive the Blue Holes, Extreme Sport, Free Climb Yosemite's El Capitan, Megatransect the Amazon, National Geographic, National Geographic's Ultimate Adventure List, or Surf the Poles, Photography, Ski K2, Swim, Swim with Great Whites, Wingsuit Fly off the Eiger
Arcade Fire’s interactive video The Wilderness Downtown by Chris Milk is amazin’! The video, used in Google Chrome, is a combination of animation, video and google earth/ street view all shown in multiple windows in your screen. You write in where you grew up and then a personalised video of that area is generated. Half way through the song We Used To Wait a screen pops up asking you to draw or write a message on a postcard to the younger you that lived there. It makes a pretty sweet watch, (I am a bit of a geek for maps) if anything it’s a new way of looking at music videos which is always a good thing… Go do yours HERE!!
Below are some screen shots from my journey, the bottom image is my postcard…
Posted in Animation, Edinburgh, Film, Geography, Music, Travel, Videos
Tagged Animation, Arcade Fire, Chris Milk, Google Chrome, Google Earth, The Wilderness Downtown, Video, We Used To Wait
Sweet time lapse from Japan
Northern Europe’s airspace getting back to its normal pattern after the Eyjafjallajokull volcanos ash cloud chaos. Watch it, its brilliant.
I have just got back from a trip to Hungary and Serbia. Before going to a wedding in Serbia we had a few days exploring Budapest. We stayed on the Pest side of the River Danube, there were far more sights, bars and we could easily walk everywhere so no need to figure out the tram or underground system. If you ever go you must search out the bars located in kerts (courtyards and gardens) which are dotted around the city in old run down buildings. These bars are hidden gems and when you do finally find them they are well worth the effort.
Szimpla is in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter and is one of the longest running kerts, as development has forced many of the kerts to close. The owners have developed it into an outdoor cinema, bar and cafe with music events and film festivals. I loved this place, there was no pretence in the styling of it unlike many of the bars here in Edinburgh and the atmosphere had a relaxing midweek tone about it. Each room had its own theme and decked out with quirky chairs, baths made into sofas, old computers and radios hanging off walls, gymnastic horse blocks and most importantly drinks were cheap! The courtyard was buzzing with all sorts of people, although you could spot the Brits a mile off and in the winter months a roof covers the area so that the outdoor space can be used all year round.
Yes it may not be everyones taste but coming from a world of monotonous so-called ‘trendy’ bars it was very welcomed site to visit these eclectic kerts and definitely a highlight of the trip.www.szimpla.hu/
Another must is a bar on the roof of an old Communist department store called Corvintető. To get up to the club you can take a lift up with a guy wearing a tuxedo who sells miniature bottles of jagermeister and other spirits which I thought was a nice wee touch. The lift was decked out with chairs and benches to sit on while you are taken skywards to the busy club. Unfortunately we went on a really quiet night so can’t really say what it was like but I imagine sitting out on the roof terrace in the evening sun is bliss…
Finally Instant Kert should definatly be visited, its very similar to Szimpla with various rooms leading off the main court yard and a number of bars around the buldings over looking the kert.
Instant, Nagymező utca 38, district 6, 1065 Budapest.
Posted in Budapest Kerts, Travel
Tagged Art, Bars, Budapest, building, city, Corvintető, court yard, gardens, Hungary, Instant, Interior, Kert, Music, Serbia, Szimpla
On my trip to Vancouver in Febuary I stumbled across a really sweet shop Nouvelle Nouvelle in Gas Town, by far my favorite district in Vancouver. The shop had a good mix of clothing, accessories and art work each laid out in an understated way. The atmosphere was casual, relaxed and creative and the woman behind the desk was browsing her computer with a lovable dog by her side. The bulldog, Lily, was very sweet wearing a funny wee knitted jumper, and in regards to my earlier post about dog clothing, Lily looked so very comfy in her trendy knit!
(if anything go check out the bulldog Lily!!)
American labels Dolce Vita, Quail, Yokoo, Vancouver designer Genevieve Graham and Swedish clothing group Perminant Vacation are all labels that the store carries. I loved finding new labels that aren’t in the shops over here and particularly liked Quail and Yokoo, the latter based in Atlanta has an Etsy page displaying her cool chunky knit designs.
Yokoo, sweet chunky scarf
Cute Permanent Vacation dress (for any of you Twilight fans out there, i reckon the model could totally be a Vampire!Victoria’s little sister maybe! Bit me, RAAHHH)
Quail, I tried on the blue dress, it was gourgeous…….ahhhh
Vancouver based Genevieve Graham
From the creative director behind Insight clothing Natalie Wood has created Something Else. (Sweet tattoos)
So if you are going to Vancouver get over to Gas Town pronto… I ended up visiting this shop a couple of times on my visit and will definetly be back. Recently I recieved a lovely necklace from my brother in the post which he bought at Nouvelle Nouvelle, what a nice surprise, so thankyou again for it! Their blog based website always a pleasure to browse so have a peek, also, I was assured by the owner that they ship overseas. Yipee!
So pleased I found this wee gem of a shop!
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Tagged Bulldog, Clothing, doggie Clothing, Dolce Vita, Etsy, Fashion, Gas Town, Genevieve Graham, Kit, Lily, Natalie Wood, Nouvelle Nouvelle, Permanent Vacation, Quail, Shop, Shopping, Something Else, Tattoos, Twilight, Vampire, Vancouver, Yokoo