Uvas means grapes in English. It was hot and dusty, the city was almost empty and felt deserted. And I saw this little boy passing by with grapes in his hand. Susques, Argentina (January 2015).
The night when I made some of these photos, it was just after an afternoon rain. When I opened the window, the air felt so fresh, you smelled the rain. This was the first time I took some shots from the windows of the new apartment of our new home in a new country here in Shanghai, China.
The apartment is not so high up, but when you leaned your stomach against the wall, and bent down a bit through the open window to take some shots of the traffic below from above, I had a chill feeling running through my body, eventhough it was nothing dangerous. But I love these shots.
I love the energy of Shanghai. I can’t explain how and what. Perhaps, simply with a fact it is a mega city with a population of 24 million, which still ‘alive’ after 10 pm, where you can walk everywhere and feeling quite safe at any time and the people don’t really bother you. And not to mention, hundreds of nice restaurants that open quite late. Despite of the air pollution problem, people are outside most of the time, having dinner, meeting friends, going somehere.
The past few weeks I’ve spent quite an amount of time organizing my photos to an external hard disk; using the year, month and date, the country or city and with the name of event, make it easier for me to find. I have not finished this obviously, but looking at some of them, it got me excited and carried me to a different places… I have shared some of them here in the blog. But there are plenty of them that are just sitting still in my archives.
So as I go through organizing the photos, I thought I would post some of the pictures regularly and tell you a little bit of story.
So we have now moved from Sydney to Shanghai. We have been here now for about a month. After some searching we found an apartment that we liked; and we moved in a week ago. It is a semi-empty apartment, and we are still waiting for our furniture to come from Sydney. It is rather cold here in comparison with the summer of Sydney :) I kinda like it, spring is about to come.
We’ve been exploring the city on the weekends, doing some shopping, buying some simple untensils until ours arrive. I am surprised with how nice the food is here. I am very happy with that. I lived in Beijing in 2009 and I had a problem with the food. Perhaps the reason for the good food is that Shanghai is more of a business city, with a lot of international businessmen and travellers. I feel a lot of energy here. I really like it!
I have not touched my camera since I landed in Shanghai. I will start photographing again, slowly. Trying to capture the new city, the new place which I will call home for some time.
I enjoyed very much the trip I did to Tasmania last month with my husband. The capital, Hobart, was really beautiful. It is very important to check the weather before you visit this island. Because if you were as lucky as I was with the weather, bright sunny on most days, you will have a wonderful experience and will enjoy Hobart and its surrounding very much.
At the heart of Hobart is its picturesque River Derwent and majestic Mt Wellington rising above it. As we drove from the airport and into the city, to see this view in front of you, it made me so happy. it was so beautiful.
Here are the highlights of our stay in Tasmania.
Day one: I put on some nice and comfortable sneakers and went for a walk in the city, around the pier and in Salamanca square, went up through Kelly steps to arrive in Battery Point. If you were like me, you can spend half a day, walking around visiting small shops, admiring the flowers, beautiful houses. I had a really nice cappucino in Jack & Ross (I tried their breakfast too, it was ok, I kinda expected it to be more).
Talk about breakfast, since it is my favorite meal of the day, I highly recommend you to try the breakfast in Pigeon Hole Cafe (yes only breakfast for the whole day! fantastic isn’t it?), try their “Soft baked eggs with heirloom tomatoes, olive and curd” or whatever in their Special of the day menu. I am not sponsored by them :) but it was a Michelin star! Super delicious!
There is also a Salamanca Market on every Saturday, it is quite big. Stroll and browse the local products, have some snacks/ wines or pastry and coffee.
Day two: I went to visit MONA, the famous Museum of Old and New Art. You can take the boat from a pier around Salamanca/ Hobart to get there, a short trip, especially if you would like to enjoy the museum with a glass or two of the local wine there. You can’t leave Tasmania without visiting MONA. It doesn’t matter whether you like art that much or not. The gallery is so cool like a bunker! one of a kind. The story I heard about the owner of this museum that he was a gambler, had a lot of money, and invested it by building a huge gallery that has put Tasmania in a world map since then :)
Sometimes Mona hold event of artisan market in their big yard and a live music too! perfect day to spend on Sunday afternoon.
Day three: We went up to Mt Wellington by car, 30 minutes. I was not lucky that day it was cloudy. Nevertheless, don’t you forget to do this. Especially if you are lucky with the weather. You would be able to see the beauty of the whole city from above.
The rest of my stays? I went to Brunny island where wi-fi, even the phone signal barely exist. 3 days. I call this a mind detox. Necessary. Did some short hikings into the forrest and on other day cruising the open sea for three hours. Oh, the feeling of riding a wild deep water that looks harmless and calm from the top of the hills, literally, you were flying :) excelarating! my heart beat so fast at some point. We met bunch of seals, who know how to live; sunbathing, playing and singing by the corals…
Off from Brunny Island and went to Tasman Peninsula. Got to see the Tasmanian Devil and made friends with some Kangaroos in the Tasmanian Devils Unzoo to experience face to face with their famous litlle devils at Australia’s first Unzoo project.
If I have more days, and have a little more guts, I would try kayakking. The problem was, I couldn’t get rid the image in my mind that i would turn my self upside down with the kayak and my legs would get stuck I will not be able to breathe under the water. Well, of course this won’t happen as I will not do this alone. Next time, I would muster my courage.
Verdict? I love love Tasmania. If you ever be in Australia, you should visit this place. 2 hours flight from Sydney. It is completely different than Sydney/ Melbourne, much more like Europe I would say. This is the second big trip I did in Australia apart from the trip to the Outback that I did a few months ago. And this was also my last trip in Australia (for the moment), as I am leaving this part of the world and heading to another country, a busier one!. Which I will tell you more about next week!