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Entries from August 30th, 2013

35/2013 image of the week: Mary Poppins- umbrella training

August 30th, 2013 by Julia · image of the week, photography, water

“The one who wants to learn flying, must learn to stand on both feet first. You can not start flying.” F. Nietzsche

© Julia Dreier


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34/2013 image of the week: “Just a blink”

August 23rd, 2013 by Jasime · germany, image of the week, photography

© Jasime El Ouali

Believe it or not this picture was taken in Germany^^ Groß Umstadt

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New Zealand 2009-2010 series 2nd part: Trip to Taupo and Roturua

August 19th, 2013 by Addy · article, new zealand

I was very excited about my first trip, which I would be going to do with my roommate and a couple of other nice people, I met in my language school.  We started in the evening and while I was sitting in the bus I became surprised how big Auckland actually is. The city center itself is relatively small but the are a lot of suburbs, which make it the biggest city of New Zealand. It was really rainy but I could not stop watching outside, as, after one week in the city center, it was so refreshing to see green, green, green. After hours of drive, I guess around 5, we arrived in our hostel in Rotorua.  But we did not really rest inside that long as there was a bar next to the hostel. We were pretty surprised, that there were a bunch of securities checking our identity card and when we went inside,it was totally empty. It was undeniable that cold that I was wearing one long shirt, two jumpers and one jacket in the bar, even when we were dancing. It was, according to the Arabian  calender, the birthday of one guy from Saudi Arabia and I think it was the best birthday of his life, because he danced happy like a child and jumped up and down to the song „I’ve got a feeling“ by the Black Eyed Peas. I jumped as well. The party became great and I was not surprised about all the securities anymore as the bar became crowed with backpackers from all over the world. When we arrived in our hostel, I probably felt into the deepest sleep I’ve ever had.

The next day, we visited a Maori village. We saw one of the typical hot pools of Roturua, where Maoris could also cook their food. I doubt that it was an actual Maori village though as there were no Maoris in the “houses” and it all looked pretty unused. Finally there was a Maori show were the Maoris danced their traditional dances and did the typical “haka”.At the end of the show everybody could take a picture with a Maori and one girl even took a picture with a Maori baby. I did not know what to think about it. It felt like the Maoris were kind of “prostituting” their culture for us Western people. On the other hand, most of the the Maoris still belong to the poorer parts of the  New Zealand Society and tourism is a way for them to earn their living and also to keep their culture alive.

On the same day we went into a national park, where we could again see hot pools, which were filled with something that looked liked Lava and had impressive colours like orange or gift green. We even got see a Gazier show. It works like that: The magma warms the water inside the earth (..)0

We were a bit disappointed though, as they had given a piece of soap into the gazier to make the show more impressive.

The next and final day of our trip we went to Taupo, a town with a quaint lake. Behind the lake you could see the snowy top of a mountain, which was even used in lord of the rings. The lake and everything around was indeed a scenery, which could as well be from lord the rings. The only thing which did not not really fit into the picture was that at the promenade there was a range of  American Fast Food chains such as Burger King, Subway or McDonalds. We got snacks at burger king and sat down at the lake with our fast food. Truly romantic!

At the same say we finally drove home and it was a sunny beautiful bus drive. I enjoyed the trip a lot and me and the other guys from the language school had become good friends. I could not wait for the next trip in this country full of beauties, waiting for me to get found.


Photography by Sophie Daum 02/2008

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33/2013 Let´s make a ride in Retiro

August 16th, 2013 by Evangelia · infrared, photography, sightseeing, spain

A nice place for your sunday morning, park Retiro in Madrid.

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iceland: the luna park of emotions for lovers of nature

August 13th, 2013 by Evangelia · iceland, photography, the north

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32/2013 image of the week: breakfast table in venice

August 9th, 2013 by sophie · image of the week, italy, photography, venice

a breakfast table through a window on a clowdy, misty morning in venice.
shot in september 2012. © sophie daum

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Retomag proudly presents: The Scratch Map.

August 5th, 2013 by Julia · art, graphic design, illustration

I love this map.

Honestly, coming back from a new trip and scratch out a new country, you haven’t seen before- it’s awesome.

It turns from gold into another colour.

Iceland turns turquois,

Morocco yellow,

Italy is green,

Nepal dark green.

It seems like gold is the colour for curiousness,

and after your courage prove traveling in a new country your life gets new colours-

with every minute, with every person, with every step on another ground.

accompanied by fear and happiness.

Scratch it out:

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31/2013 image of the week: Five senses.

August 2nd, 2013 by Julia · germany, image of the week, photography, water


“The human is the sun. His senses are his planets.” Novalis

© Julia Dreier

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