In 2017 it was the 2nd time I visited Paris, France.
Venice, Italy is amazing, simply put. If you haven’t been there, please go. Go right now. Just buy a ticket and go. Actually, wait. Don’t go yet. I personally really like Venice and think it’s amazing, but that doesn’t mean you do or you would. So I’d say you should go if you are interested in traveling and experiencing a truly new and unique place. Because that’s what Venice is. It’s a place like none other.
In 2017 I spent a short time there. This was during the Venice Biennale, so not only did I get to see what Venice was about, but I got the opportunity to experience the Biennale. It did rain though while I was there, hence me with the Venetian umbrella that was purchased not too far away from this image.
The deep roots in art history that Florence, Italy has was what brought me here. And here is where I saw Michelangelo’s David, which truly is a masterpiece. Made so long ago and continuing to withstand the test of time is hard to grasp. How can someone be so advanced hundreds of years ago and do a sculpture that hundreds of years later is still hundreds (or more) years ahead of it’s time? Thank you for setting the bar so high.
Apart from the art history I didn’t know much about Florence. But after experiencing it I discovered that it’s a nice little city. And not a skateboard city at all, with it’s tiny narrow sidewalks made of stone and small streets not mean for little urethane wheels to be riding on. But it’s good for walking, enjoying nice weather, going to little food spots and shops, and checking out Ponte Vecchio to inspire architectural ideas.
Barcelona, Spain has been a place I wanted to go to for a while. And if you know me at all you can easily guess why - to skateboard. It’s basically one of the skate capitals of the world and I’m happy to of finally made it out to there. But sadly I did not bring my board on this trip due to various reasons. But that did not mean I wasn’t going to check out the skating at MACBA.
Apart from skateboarding I didn’t know much about Barcelona. But on this trip I did go with a purpose to explore it and hit certain destinations. One of them was Sagrada Família, which is an architectural masterpiece which is somehow still in construction, since 1882. I also checked out Casa Batlló and Casa Milà, a couple more of Gaudí’s great achievements, so beautiful to see. I mean think, an indoor balcony to a stairwell, how unique and interesting is that?
This was my first time at Roosevelt Island. I brought Yuka here for a date and photoshoot, because her hair was looking really cool. I ended having some photos taken of me too, hence here I am.
At this point I was still pretty new in New York. I had moved there earlier that year and had lots of exploring to still do. And how I discovered about Roosevelt Island was in an unusual way. I actually was going to Frieze New York on a boat somehow and saw some people at one end of this little island. I didn’t know what they were doing or what this was, but decided to mentally map it and take a photo of it for future exploration. And then I made it out there, success.
Bilbao, Spain does not bring very pleasant memories to me. Or maybe I should say it’s “bittersweet.” I stopped by there for 12 hours or something like that with Yuka primarily to see Guggenheim Bilbao, but Yuka was just not feeling it. She did not want to go to Bilbao, wasn’t impressed by the Guggenheim there, nor the city, and just didn’t want to be there.
On the other hand my experience was similar, but different. I went for Gehry’s building primarily because of what I learned about it, how it’s a masterpiece, there was controversy with the building being better than the art inside, et cetera. Maybe the hype was too high and I expected something different, but experiencing Guggenheim Bilbao wasn’t amazing for me for some reason. It certainly is a fantastic piece of work, but I don’t know. Other than that there wasn’t much vegan food around, lots of places were closed, but exploring the city a bit was fun, especially when we found trees with little tiny apples.
Trakai, Lithuania, good spot to see. Such a small town, fun to walk around a bit, go to the castle, see how some of the world used to look like, take pictures, and have memories.
In 2013 during my last semester at George Mason University’s School of Art I thought about dropping out and just moving to London. I ended up not doing that and my first time in London was in 2016 for a short visit.
London is a fun place to go to, but I was not there long enough to truly grasp what it offers. So I don’t know much about London other than I ate some potatoes outside while the wind was blowing pretty furiously, Camden Market has good food, and there still are red telephone booths that might actually work.
I actually really liked Berlin, Germany for some reason. Before going I knew there were talks about it being a good spot for artists, that it was a creative place, and that it operated differently than other parts of the world, but didn’t know how true that would be for me.
The “talks around town” ended up being pretty accurate. Berlin felt like a welcoming city, open to exploration, trusting, and allowing people to be who they want to be. It has art, culture, vegan food, and it’s not small at all.