A few impressions from the North Caucasus (Russia) with the cities of Stavropol and Kislovodsk.
Rough landscapes, sulfur springs, rustic people, hospitality and good food in large quantities.
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Machen wir uns nichts vor. Der Sommer ist vorbei. Trotzdem ist es schön die Sonnenstrahlen zu geniessen und in den Winterschlaf von Tver/Russland einzutauchen.
“Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.”
“Der Winterschlaf ist eine verdeckte Vorbereitung für eine weit offenere Aktion.”
…so I enjoyed my stroll through the wintry sleepy city of Tver, to look forward for all the surprises the city will keep ready for me.
— A JETAMELE/POINT BLANK POJECT —
The last mine here in Bochum were closed down decades ago. This here is not to complain and struggle with history and changes. People here are used to changes and cope with it in a very positive way. This is about that people here in Bochum and the whole Ruhr Area keep the legacy of mining and steel factories precious, because this era shaped the mentality of people living here or moved to that place from all over Europe.
At elementary school we sang every friday the traditional of the “Steigerlied”, which described in a proud way the all days life of a miner. If we behaved well that week, our teacher Mrs Kutscher allowed us to sing even the third verse of that song, that include the words “..and he wear the leather on his ass..” ….sure, giggling and smiling all over the class room.
I never worked at the mine pit. From the age of 16 to 20 I worked at the steel factory… …but there were always this proud solidarity with the miners. Even during my study at the mining school of applied science the professors greeted every morning with the miners salute ‘Glückauf’ (means something like to have a lucky way up to daylight).
In this sense
Please see as well Andrea’s impressions about the mine pit in Bochum at JETAMELE !!!
Jaffa (also known as Yafo) is the ancient port city out of which Tel Aviv has now grown. Jaffa has, in recent years, like much of South Tel Aviv, been regenerated with the old narrow streets and courtyards becoming another highly desirable part of Tel Aviv’s urban tapestry.
The history of Jaffa is a long one. As of the world’s oldest ports, Jaffa is thought to have been the port from which Jonah left in the story of the Whale! Its long and fascinating history as strategic port in the Eastern Mediterranean continued until only recently when new ports were built south of Tel Aviv in Ashdod and north in Haifa, to cater for modern-day shipping methods.
Jaffa is a real melting pot of Jewish and Arab populations living and breathing the same closely-packed air. It always feels like Jaffa is in a constant state of flux as people rush about on their daily business. (source: www.touristisrael.com)
In 1986, Vietnam launched a political and economic renewal campaign (Đổi Mới) that introduced reforms to facilitate the transition from a centralized economy to a “socialist-oriented market economy”. Đổi Mới combined government planning with free-market incentives and encouraged the establishment of private businesses and foreign investment… …by the late 1990s, the success of the business and agricultural reforms ushered in under Đổi Mới was evident. More than 30,000 private businesses had been created, the economy was growing at an annual rate of more than 7%, and poverty was nearly halved. (source: wikipedia)
“The Carmel Market (the Shuk Hacarmel) is the largest market, or shuk, in Tel Aviv. A vibrant marketplace where traders sell everything from clothing to spices, and fruit to electronics, visiting the Carmel Market is a fascinating thing to do in Tel Aviv. The hustle and bustle, vibrant noise, colors and smells, as well as its reputation as the largest authentic Middle-Eastern style shuk in Tel Aviv, all combine to make the Carmel Market a favorite place for everyone from first time tourists visiting the city, to locals who come here to get the freshest fruit and vegetables, and some of the cheapest products in the city. The market can at first appear to be a little intimidating, with so many senses stimulated at once – the sounds of the traders, the smells and flavors of the fresh produce, and sights of so many interesting things at once. ”
(source: Tourist Israel)
I met Arina and Alina at my photo exhibition in Russia and they asked me if I would like to do photo shooting during a recording session of their new album. They were still looking for some imagery for the album cover and inlet design of their band кислород / OXYGEN.
So we met early december at the recording studio. It was so much fun. There was this mood and and this spell of this wonderful studio, that you can’t describe with words. Thank you Alina & Arina for all the fun we had together!