In 1979 the town of Stari Bar/Montenegro was destroyed by an earthquake. After that the old town of Bar (first mentioned in the 9th century) was abandoned and immediately rebuild at the mediterranean shore. After now 36 years you can see what nature has claimed back .
I love the way how russian care about their health. To emphasize that I just want to say one word: Russian Sauna!
If there is a place where I felt really grounded and down to earth.. ..than it is it the dacha of my mother in law. A place where I can really relax and get rid of my sorrows. Thank you dear Aida Stepanovna, this one is for you… …a place which makes you happy, as much as it does for me…
“Fantasie haben heißt nicht, sich etwas auszudenken, es heißt, sich aus den Dingen etwas zu machen.” (Thomas Mann)
“Imagination does not have to come up with something, it says, to create something out of things..” (Thomas Mann)
Three weeks agao little Shenia get baptisted in a little church in Gorodnja/Russia on a hill at the Volga river.
“You can close your eyes if you do not want to see something, but you can not close your heart, if you do not want to feel something.”
“Вы можете закрыть глаза, если вы не хотите, чтобы увидеть что-то, но вы не можете закрыть свое сердце, если вы не хотите, чтобы что-то чувствую.”
When I was seven I saw a report about an island which just popped up out of the sea by volcanic forces (Heimaey, Iceland). Since then I’m fascinated by volcanos.
When I was fourtythree I stood for the first time on top of an active volcano… …but don’t worry, there was no report on TV about that. Lucky me! 😀
This friday we get stucked at the Moscow airport. We had to stay the whole night in cause of a thunderstorm. I know this airport from all my flight to Russia pretty well, but it was a strange calm feeling to see this place at night. It was great to sneak around and discover this otherwise so crowded halls.
All over the world you find places which have a special spell that fascinates you. I don’t speak about the nice and shiny places. I speak about places which are so different and powerful compare to that what you used to, that you feel a shiver, joy and the fascination of this particular beauty at the same time.
When I was a little boy I hated it to get my hairs cut, because my and my mom’s idea about a good haircut varies… …a lot! Over the years I emancipate my ideas from those of my mom’s, but my hairs seems to do the same with me. I was pretty fast a bald person.
So, now you will think that I poor guy will never experience the spell of a beauty salon. – No no no, not with me! Not on POINT BLANK! So I dared it, stepped into the beauty salon ‘CARINA’, this hidden world for me for so long… …and see what I found out: The people love it! They have fun! They relax! Incredible! – And so I made my peace with this place.
A good friend of mine, John, left Georgia more than 20 years ago with nothing then a small backpack in his hand towards Russia. He lived homeless and just his dream on his mind to become a dancer. His first dancing school he founded in an old building in the city of Tver. – Now, almost twenty year later, we went back to that lost place to invite you for a little dance.
This is for you John !!! My biggest respect to your work and to your dream that you made become true !!!
hugs & kisses to Aljona, Olga, Losha & Losha
I didn’t met my love by the gas works wall, I didn’t dreamed a dream by the old canal and I didn’t kissed my girl at the factory wall… …but all these impressions from Barnsley/Yorkshire were so familiar to me and I’m sure I did these things mentioned in “Dirty old Town’ sometime in my past in my hometown of Bochum.
The history of Barnsley is similar to the one of Bochum: closed down mining pits, second-league football, nice pubs and a bunch of great people.
Thanks Neil, bro, for that days in Yorkshire !!!