Bratislava (or, that time I slept on a bus for a weekend, pt. 3)

march 2015 // bratislava, slovakia // canon 5d 

I've been staring at the little blogger box now for about 10 minutes, trying to think of what to write about the enigmatic city of Bratislava, and failing. I have, however, been laughing to myself quietly for about the same amount of time--because our five hours in this little city was nothing if not hilarious. 
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After the grandeur of Vienna, the pulse of Budapest, and approximately 4514752943857 hours on a crowded bus, my friends and I were ready to head back to good old Mannheim, and, you know, sleep in our own bed. But before we could do that, we had one more stop on the crazy three-day-three-city-three-country tour--Slovakia. 

We rolled into the city around noon; it was cloudy and grey, and the exterior of the city was sad and tired. Immediately after getting on the bus, we were sheperded to the city square, herded into groups, and sent on yet another guided tour. 

Our guide was extremely invested in her country, and through her tinny microphone, informed us of the following facts that ensured that none of us would ever be moving to Bratislava--

  • Unemployment rate? 11 percent (at the time of our visit)
  • The three most important events that occured in Bratislavian history were the 1. invasion (or "visit") by Napolean, 2. a candlelit vigil to protest communism, and 3. George W. Bush's visit
  • On Easter, guys get to dump water and spank single ladies with willow branches....and said ladies have to pay them and give them gifts. 

  • alrighty then. 

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    By that point, we were amused, but also extremely tired, hungry, and vaguely annoyed. When the tour finished (with a small rant of Americans' stereotyping of Bratislava, thanks to Eurotrip and Taken), we booked it to a supermarket (where I got yelled at in Slovakian for not weighing my fruit) and then ate an extremely cheap meal at the, wait for it--Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe-themed pub//restaurant. And, well, that's it. We didn't get to see a lot of Bratislava, but what we did see was odd, bemusing, and...definitely memorable, to say the least.

    {and that concludes the crazy bus trip! a year after it occurred, jeez. thanks for reading!}

    collaboration opportunity // i want your photos + words about travel

    "Souvenirs, momentos and photographs are physical memories to trips gone by. With limited space in our suitcases, choosing what to bring home and for who is much more an object—it’s a conscious choice, an object in which our memories live on. A vintage pin or a chipped dish, a handmade backpack or a poster—an otherwise commonplace momento means the world to a specific traveler. 

    In Atlas Addict Quarterly’s first issue, we examine the ways + means of the things we carry—where, what and why we buy the things we do, the importance of travel journals + photographs, and the heaviness + lightness of memories—through beautiful images and honest words. We’d love it if you joined us. "

    As some of you may or may not know, i'm the managing editor of a site called Atlas Addict, which is all about looking at travel through beautiful images and honest words. For the last couple of months, my friends Alysha, Kate and I have been working to expand the site and start putting out a quarterly publication--first online, and hopefully, later in print. It's a lot of slow, hard work (further complicated by the fact that Alysha and I have both moved cross-country and started new jobs this summer), but I'm excited to say we're now looking for submissions + collaborators! 

    We are looking for beautiful photography, travel guides, essays, travel journals (if you keep a sketchbook or diary while traveling, please hit me up ASAP), as well as people who'd be interested in writing a short piece or two for our "snapshots" section. 

    We are also always looking for either guest or regular contributors for our website + team members--if you love travel, this is the place for you. email me, or find us on twitter @atlas_addict 

    (thanks for reading, friends! hope to hear from some of you!)

    wildfire sunsets

    july 10//canon 6d // outside laramie, wy 

    Taking photos for a job means that I hardly pull my camera off the bookshelf anymore, but yesterday, while out on a run, I noticed the skies getting pink--since there's a wildfire in Colorado, are skies are all hazy and red. So when I got back, I jumped into my car, drove out of town, and chased the sunset for an hour or so. And it was a really good reminder that, while things are still hard here sometimes, this is still the most beautiful places I could have landed and I am so, so lucky to be here. 

    Video | Cross Country Road Trip

    I've been trying to find the words to write about my road trip to Wyoming with my mom. I haven't found them yet, though, so here is a three minute video about it, featuring my shaky camera hands // dlsr video skills.

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