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Entries from November 29th, 2013

48/2013 image of the week: a day at the beach

November 29th, 2013 by Jasime · germany, image of the week, ocean, photography, water

Germany, North Sea

© Jasime El Ouali

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47/2013 image of the week: children

November 22nd, 2013 by Julia · image of the week

                                                                                       Photo © Julia Dreier, 2013

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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welcome jazz! – the poetry of living with a dog

November 17th, 2013 by sophie · article, life, nature

this post may look strange on a travel and culture blog the first place but i promise, when you keep reading, you will hopefully get where the connection is.

stefan and i adopted jazz in the beginning of september, she is a beautiful border collie – australian shepherd mix. jazz lived in a family with kids and had to leave cause the third child was born and there was not enough time for her training anymore. the first moment i saw this dog, i already fell in love with her. she has a lot of energy, is a very happy and playful dog and on top of that: she loves to cuddle.

when i was a kid, i always dreamed about having a dog, taking it everywhere with me, having it on my side as a friend who you don’t need to talk with, you communicate just with gesture, understand each other without a word. my family always had cats, so there was no chance for me to get a dog. i waited many many years till i decided: now is a good time to actually have one.

i knew that having a pet, especially a dog and over all a sheepdog, will be live changing. but i didn’t realize how much!
from one day to the other i started walking with my dog three times a day, at least two hours in total, most times three till four hours. jazz has the excitement of the border collie and wants to guard me like an australian shepherd. thats a powerful and explosive combination. she is a working dog who needs a job, a lot of time and work. don’t misunderstand, this is not me being sorry about my decision of having a sheepdog. its quite the contrary!

the last two years i spent working a lot, studying and not much traveling. when i made my hobby photography into a job, i actually lost a hobby. this empty place has never been filled. till jazz came into my life. working with a dog, getting to know her and keeping practice on my own skills like reaction, observation and staying calm started changing me a bit. i have always been very nervous inside, not showing it to others, but my dog is like a mirror. she shows me always how i act right away and when i realize, that she is very nervous and hyped out, it tells me to calm down and relax myself. this is actually like a life lesson.

another thing about having a dog is spending so much time outside. i haven’t been hanging out in the nature that much since i was a kid, playing in the garden or in the woods. while working and studying, living our daily lives, we often stop taking a real break, going for a walk, getting some fresh air. since jazz came into my life, i have seen so many places and recognized so many things i would have never seen without having a dog. its like i now started traveling and exploring the city and area i lived in since 6 years. sometimes it can be a pain in the ass to go out when it is cold and raining, but on every walk with my dog, i discover something new or just something beautiful, i wouldn’t have seen if i stayed home, watching tv or staring at my computer screen!

 

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46/2013 image of the week: an abandoned place

November 15th, 2013 by sophie · germany, image of the week, photography

There is something so poetic about an abandoned house. Trying to make up a story, find traces to prove it while you explore the place. This photograph shows an old, disused hotel in Germany. It is a very spooky but in the same time a romantic place…

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Just fell in love with autumn (outside work)

November 12th, 2013 by Julia · germany, nature, photography

                                                                                                    Photos © Julia Dreier, 2013

 

noch einmal hebt sich der Sommer empor
wärmend erleutet er alles bevor
der Blätterregen der herbstlichen Welt
Farben ausatmend zu Boden fällt.

Text © Simon Felix Geiger, 2013

(Simon- one of Freiburgs word artists: http://www.thembathandathula.blogspot.de/)


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45/2013 image of the week: A day in the park

November 9th, 2013 by Evangelia · denmark, image of the week, infrared, photography


Copenhagen, a relaxed day….

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44/2013 Image of the week: little Utopia

November 1st, 2013 by Jasime · frankfurt, germany

Germany, Sachsenhausen (Ffm)

© Jasime El Ouali

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