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Time Out Sunday

The social pressure to be outside, because it feels like summer. Nothing's really in focus. From my smart phone to yours. So don't, don't, don't, don't you forget about me. (see the video below; earworm)


Urban Jungle

I wish I read more jungle books (?!). You know so I would have some awesome quadruple meaning jungle quote to throw in here. Because I love urban jungles. And Alicante is so impossibly jungle-ish urban environment. I almost didn't mind the cloudy days that stopped me from taking a very lazy beach approach to life. Rolling in the sand and all. One can dream. Snapping out of dreams, getting lost in jungle.


Time Out Sunday

So this it. That one weekend of summer. You have to be outside! Because that's it. So yes, basically that's how life rolls round here. From woollen socks to sandals (I'm so grateful that socks in sandals is a thing tho; yes it is!).

Lately I have been googling Martin Parr, The Handmaid's Tale and things of general interest (...). Martin Parr is a pure genius (no he's not, but I am having a fan-girl moment here). I have liked his bold colourful street photos for a while, but recently I have had some moments where I was literally thinking: omg, I am inside a Martin Parr photo, it's the reality! That's a great sensation, to live in someone else's creation.

Unless that creation is something as eerie as Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale". While I had read several books by her in the past then never this one. However, with all the hype (and Rory Gilmore!) around the TV series I felt like I need to catch up. Yes, you should probably read it, too. So we can discuss power-hungry human madness over a cuppa. (ahem)

And long before all that my love for Vetusta Morla was rekindled. The best of Spanish indie rock. I love how they package their albums, art of work is not only in music... so here are some photos (I somehow ended up shooting in the darkest corner of the room on a very sunny day).

Vetusta Morla has kidnapped me alright. Like a monster. The good kind.


Dub Dub Dublin

Temple Bar 2017
In summer 2005 I stepped on the soil of Dublin for the first time. My friend and me, we had our doubts. It was a bit gloomy and rainy and there was a whole lot of puppy poo around. It did take us some time to warm up to Dublin. Having a great time at Coldplay concert (you know, back then when they were an alternative band) and good shopping at Penneys did help along. I had a CD walkman and I shot on film (not 'cos it was hip and cool, but 'cos affording a decent digital camera was waaaaay out of question). We stayed with a friend of a friend who was called Patrick (I think; or then I make it up 'cos it sounds... well, Irish; though he was not). Time before social media and messaging apps.

The Temple Bar at Temple Bar 2005
In spring 2016 and 2017 I have returned to Dublin to visit friends and family in Ireland. I have an iPod and a digital camera (still Canon tho). Oh and then one of those film cameras that was manufactured before my birth (now shooting film is hip and cool, supposing you were in doubt). I'd say Dublin has come a long way. Perhaps so have I. Every time I fall in love with this town a little bit more. Oh and they're totally tackling that puppy poo issue (all those signs!). So here are five photos from 2005 (straight out of camera, if you wish) and five photos from last week that are in a way or another depicting the same place.

St. Patrick's Cathedral 2017 (when you're too lazy to walk to the gate and try to get a photo through bars and bushes)
St. Patrick's Cathedral 2005 (it used to be one of my favourite photos...)
Stephen's Green Shopping Centre 2005 (this building always reminded me of some seaside resort hotel)
Stephen's Green Shopping Center 2017 (the first time I went inside; it's gorgeous; also, got a woollen sweater - baa!)
River Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge 2005
Ha'penny Bridge 2017
O'Connell Bridge and The Spire 2005 (see, that narrow thing in the upper right corner; it was one of my first memories of Dublin, seeing that from the bus window)
The Spire 2017 (from Mary Street)


The Liberties

Somehow there's joy even in a rainy day when you are headed for a late breakfast at a nice cafe while others are rushing to school and work. Oh life on holiday! The Liberties - one of the most historic parts of Dublin. Shot on a rainy morning in May 2016. Not to be confused with The Libertines. (chuckles)


Dublin Green

So green. So lovely. I'm just really recycling memories about lush live nature. (: Perhaps part of me hopes that by the time this post gets published we have something similar round here, including the cheeky Oscar Wilde statue.