I was reading this book while on a ferry to the South Island over new years. The windows of the ferry were being washed while the sun was setting producing this beautiful light dance.
Often people get caught up in their day to day life and forget stop to notice the tiny little things.
I decided I would make some gifts to bring to the Kiwiburn decompression. Some people still have their wrist bands on (because they are pretty!) but others had to take them off due to work etc. so i thought I would use the motif from the band to make some brooches this way people can have a little bit of burner love with them where ever! Due to a few mistakes I only have 11 to hand out but this was a fun exercise and hope to make some more soon.
Boom – 6 days of music, art, yoga, food, performance and workshops in the heat of Portuguese summer. A great experience even though I only made it for the last 2 nights. The dance temple was unlike anything I’ve seen before, there were these huge dragons above the dance floor, sprinklers around the edges so you can cool off while dancing in the 37 degree heat, and wonderful psychedelic artwork around the outsides.
I need a retina camera and/or brain to Google doc writer…. Now that I am home I can’t put anything into words to describe Boom properly. But i will try.
** insert profound life changing epiphany here that is now forgotten…**
I went searching for something, I’m not sure what but i found a glimpse of something beautiful. I feel like i am just scratching the surface of this new world, a world where people of all cultures live together peacefully with respect for the land, each other, shared love for music and self expression. A world where money is not important*, where families become truly connected, where you can see that there could just be another way… another way away from the rat race, the concrete jungle, the 9-5, the judgement of society…a chance to reflect and see people truly enjoying themselves at a festival without alcohol abuse and aggressive defensive behavior. I was constantly surprised at the overall peaceful and calm nature of everyone, I felt safe the entire time, I never saw security controlling queues or anything like that. This was crucial I think to being able to relax and absorb this new life we get to be in while we are there.
(*There were markets there so it wasn’t a gift society like Burning Man)
The sacred Fire was a magical area that had so many nooks and cranny’s to discover. There were mushroom lights, fairy shops, little gardens, chickens, swings, a tree full of messages.
One of the most special moments I captured was a baby and his father foraging though one of the gardens.
The area was almost a desert, the land pretty much barren so the event organisers had spent months preparing pockets of fertile ground for the gardens. It was lovely when walking around to discover one.
While making my way back to my tent at 3.30am after a great dance, I wandered into this huge marquee that was screening documentaries about space so i went in there lay down and drifted off to sleep, never once feeling unsafe or vulnerable.
I loved seeing all the families there too, I have huge respect for parents who introduce their children to this culture early on, and they get to grow up seeing adults having a good time, running around acting young, playing, meeting other kids from around the world, they will learn to think outside the box and that there is more to the world than the default society.
I came away knowing i have so much to learn and explore and grow which is exciting, humbling and daunting.
Boom baby, i will be back!
So I decided to head to the Czech Republic for 1 night to go to a rave of sorts…
Czechout is a wicked launch party for the Mongol Rally where 879 adventurists are tackling 10,000 miles of motoring mayhem: mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain across a third of the planet to Mongolia.
My friends Aimee and Dane are in it this year as team Lemur Attack Force so I wanted to go see them and party in Bohemia!
Despite my last minute travel arrangements due to me being disorganised i actually made it there (still in shock) via a bus from Prague to Plzn and then a bus to a small town called Klatovy, then got picked up by Aimee and headed out to Klenová Castle.
These lot however are heading out on a trip far more exciting and crazy than I could ever imagine. This made for fantastic party full of interesting people and stories of adventures and mischief.
We partied in Klenova Military Base / Klenová castle – a 13th century castle with amazing views, ridiculous costumes, strong alcohol, DJs and bands. After it all finished at the castle we headed down to the Military Base where another area had been set up for the after rave. It would be SUCH a good burner venue – an old structure with open walls looking out over the hills, a giant disco ball in the middle, dance floor, DJ booth, VJ setup and 2 massive fire pits in the ground.
I was happy to be part of this even for one night, i wish all the teams the best luck and to have the time of their lives on this crazy journey.
+ Check out how damn cute Aimee is in her Selk’Bag
A pink invasion is spreading through Greenwich and it’s inviting everybody to join in! Seven weird and wonderful characters arrive from outer space trying to establish contact with the human race, teaching us their habits and trying to learn our tricks.
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives.
I have no idea what what going on inside the pig but it reminds me of something that should be at Kiwiburn.
There are these strange looking trees all around London…
I met up with the lovely Amber and Jan for dinner at The Village East.
We never made it to mains, just had many rounds of the starters they were that good! The best part was the ….
TIRAMISU MARTINI with coffee beans (see food-gasim faces below)
I have 2 items of good news relating to lenses.
#1 I have new glasses! After leaving my expensive glasses in a cafe somewhere about 6 months ago (and not realising for 2 months) I finally got around to getting some more. I stumbled upon this small market stall selling frames so I was able to get frames for 15pounds then got my lenes fitted. YAY I can now see properly
#2 My Canon lens that accidentally went through the washing machine * looks to be OK! The water has dried out, when I hold it up to the light it looks filthy and looks like it shouldn’t work but actually seems to take photos OK – see the ones I’ve taken of myself with my new glasses.
* How does a camera lens accidentally go through the wash? Well…while on holiday (and not having a lens bag) I wrapped my second lens in some clothing. When I got home I forgot and just chucked all my clothes into the washing machine…