January 2013, Tasmania, Australia.
A few days ago I got back from a wonderful long weekend in Tasmania. Compared to the other Australian states Tasmania is rather small, but it doesn’t mean that three days is enough time to see it. Quite the contrary. I’ve only touched the surface, driving from Hobart up north to a magical lavender farm, then famous Bay of Fires with the magnificent red rocks, and then driving down along the east coast, stopping at a few beautiful spots. All I can say at this point is that I want more of Tasmania, much much more. So the plan is to return there at the end of this year for a couple of weeks and see the rest of the island.
And now come the photos :)
You can find lots of straits on the map of the world, but I think that only Bosporus is so very symbolic – it clearly marks the border between Europe and Asia. I don’t know if there is another place anywhere else where moving from one continent to another is as spectacular as in is on Bosporus. All you have to do is to board a ferry at Eminonu terminal at the European side of Istanbul and 15 minutes later you find yourself in Uskudar, in Asia.
I love Istanbul ferries and I could easily spend hours travelling from one shore of Bosporus to another. Istanbul looks stunning from the water and it’s hard to imagine this city without it. It is what gives the city its character and charm. Ferry trip is a ‘must do’ for every visitor and I recommend doing it at least a couple of time, ideally in the morning, when the views are best. And it cost just $1!
Redfern, Sydney. October 2012
Redfern’s got a reputation. Not a very good one. It used to be a dangerous and rather unpleasant part of Sydney. But that was 8-10 years ago. It is a very different place now. It’s changed a lot. But the reputation has stayed. Lots of people think I am crazy wanting to live there. Of course these are the people who’ve never been to Redfern and wouldn’t have a clue. They just know the stories about Redfern from years ago.
Luckily, the reputation is slowly improving and more and more Sydneysiders hear that Redfern is actually quite a cool place. Located just 30min stroll from Sydney’s town hall, it is one of the most convenient places to live in Sydney if you want to be close to the City. I personally love it.
Four years spent living in this neighborhood thought me that prejudice of any kind is the not how people should build their opinion about anything. It’s just not fair. A massive prejudice cloud has been hanging over Redfern for many years now, but I really hope it will disappear very soon.
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