Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.
- Pablo Neruda, ‘Carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon’
Anonymous asked: What camera did you use for those photos you took in Cuba?
I used a Zorki-6
Anonymous asked: where did you learn to draw? did you teach yourself? your sketchings are so wonderful
Thank you! I have my genes to thank- my father’s side of the family are all artists, visual and musicians. When I was about six, I was enrolled in art classes once a week for about two years. I took a break from it for a while, but I began sketching again last year. It calms me and makes me feel light and happy.
Anonymous asked: Hey! Do you have any advice on how to talk to people when travelling? I really want to talk to locals, anyone really, and get to know their story, the core of them, but I don't know how to start, y'know?
I know what you mean- sometimes it may take extra confidence to approach others. Most of the time, people are happy to talk when they hear that you’re a tourist as they acknowledge your interest in learning more about the people and their culture.
Ask people if they’re from the area and what their favourite part of the country/city/land is. Tell them that you don’t want to fall into tourist traps. Ask questions. Artists are fantastic conversationalists- if you see a man with an easel, talk to him about his work or what he’s drawing. Taxi drivers will engage in conversation 101% of the time.
In most cases, locals will notice that you’re a tourist and will approach you themselves. As interested as you are in hearing their stories, they’re interested in hearing yours.
Don’t be afraid- talking to the locals of a foreign country is the most beautiful thing about travel and I don’t think that anybody should miss out on that.
above: lighthouse and oleander in varadero-matanzas
below: my sister, mia
Anonymous asked: I think I'm in love with you solely based on book, music, life taste. Out of everywhere you've been, where's your favourite? Also, can you recommend places/things to do in Croatia?
You’re incredibly kind.
Podaca and Split, Croatia must be my favourite places in the world. Split: Warm climate, warm people. Sea-side bustling. Men selling fish and flowers. Painters, coffee drinkers and guitar players. A thousand cafes. Olive trees and Oleander.
With Podaca I have a more personal attachment as my family owns a seaside summer-home there. Things are familiar from childhood. People are familiar from childhood. To me, it’s the most beautiful little town in the world.
As for things to do/places to see, visit Dubrovnik and Split and take time to wander. Strike conversation with merchants and fishermen and artists. Talk to anybody and everybody. Eat gelato. Go dancing. Take a boat ride to an island nearby. Drink kava sa mlikom. Listen to live music. At night, look at the sky because it’s littered with stars. There are a million and one things to do in Dalmatia’s cities alone.
In Zagreb, go to the old train station. Go to the museums and the art galleries.
Outside, go to Plitvice National Park- beauty in the form of place.
Anonymous asked: Do you have an instagram? I think you would have the loveliest of pictures.
I don’t- solely because the idea of another social networking website overwhelms me. I’ll try to post more of my own photos on tumblr!
People hugging at airports.
It blows my mind that I’ll be sipping Pina Coladas in Cuba tonight.
We’ve had this conversation before, or, at least, we have in my mind. Lots of sighing and smile tugs and pursed lips and “Lana, you always fidget when you’re nervous” and “I can’t help it, I feel bare.” (It was those “I haven’t really told this to anybody but-“s, both on your part and mine.)
Stay close, friend.
(I found this saved as a draft on my tumblr from about a month ago and, god, I love my friends so much)
thepaperflowerslive asked: do you have an opinion on marina abramovic?
Her work is incredibly raw and she is incredibly brave- what I like about her is her willingness to make extreme sacrifices for the smallest taste of truth.
She tests human beings, and I love that- a search for depth, something more, you know? Ambitious curiosity.
I respect her.