Concrete jungle – London. Maybe not so after all…

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Majestic beauties

My very first post about city I live in, well, just a small part of it – Richmond park. Have to warn – not very “Londonish”. Amazing how such a big city like London can have such an amazing nature escapes and have beautiful animals running freely around! This post is more about who we met along the way. When looking at my photos, find hard to believe it’s actually London… in a good way.

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Almost like a fairytale… Switzerland

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Escape to land which looks like a fairytale now is over, one week is too short. Switzerland is more than beautiful, at least villages and small towns are unrealistic cute! Not sure about bigger towns and cities as I did not stay there. Ohhh, I’m totally in love with nature and those small cute houses decorated with colourful flowers! Sometimes I caught myself thinking – maybe I’m asleep in my bed and just dreaming, some places seemed to be too pretty to be real and it was hard for me to understand if I’m really walking on this magical land! Continue reading

Up to the mountains and into the woods…

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View to Three Sisters.

And back again! Pretty sure not the last time this year, ice climbing is addictive and their indoor ice climbing gym/centre in Kinlochleven is really good. Somehow I got a feeling Scotland will become my second home and impatiently I’m waiting for winter to put my skills into test outdoors.

As I was able to stay in Scotland for only 2 nights, decided to stay in Glencoe just 13km from Kinlochleven. Such a beautiful, scenic village! So many hiking trails to walk from few hours to couple of days. A hikers and photographers paradise for sure!  Continue reading

It was grey, but still beautiful – Scotland.

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Scotland was not on my destination list this year or in a nearest future. Kind of knew nature is beautiful there but somehow Scotland never got my attention until now. After trying out ice climbing in Iceland some things have changed in my life and climbing both rock and ice is part of my life now. Not brave enough yet to discover the great outdoors but I’ll get there and at the moment I’m working on my climbing skills and strength indoors. It came as a surprise (shock) when my rock climbing instructor told me there is indoor ice climbing wall in London (Covent Garden) and Scotland in a small village called Kinlochleven. The London ice wall is good too but I prefer the one in Scotland, apparently it’s the biggest one in the world. So, from now on Scotland will be a very visited place. Actually, 4 weeks and I’m back again 🙂 Continue reading

My almost flat and small motherland – Latvia

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Latvia, a country not that many people have heard about. Nope, not part of Russia and Lithuania and Latvia are two separate countries. We are neighbours with Lithuania and we do share some similarities in culture and language but we are not one country. Why did I mention this? Because I have to answer those questions over and over again…

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The very different sea in my motherland – Latvia

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After 2 and half years I made my trip back to my motherland – yes, I know that’s a long time… Always thought it was a boring land with nothing to see. Completely flat, forests being cut down and even the sea seemed too calm! This time I looked at my flat land with tourist eyes and thought to myself how blind I was!

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The land of fire and ice – Iceland (part II).

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Many people think of Iceland as very cold and ice covered country. It’s actually very green. Very green. Yes, Iceland have beautiful glaciers and glacier lagoon called Jökulsárlón, but because of endless lava fields and moss growing on them – Iceland is very green. Greenland is way more icy than Iceland and apparently, vikings to confuse other vikings swapped the names. Well, even in our days, there are people who still think Iceland is all covered in ice.  Continue reading

The land of fire and ice – Iceland (part I).

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The long waited trip to Iceland now is over. Left the country with tears in my eyes and now I’m planing my way back. Why with tears in my eyes? Fell in love with the country, everything seemed so perfect, even the smell of sulfur.

On the way from the airport to Reykjavik, couldn’t stop staring outside the window and all I could think was – Iceland does not look like earth, more like a moon or other planet, definitely not earth. Nature is in charge, especially volcanos, endless moss covered lava fields and no trees to be seen for hours while driving.  Continue reading

Few hours away, alone by the sea… Seven Sisters, Seaford, UK

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On the road again…urge to escape the city and people was there again. I felt I had to go somewhere. I’m one of those people who like to spend more time on their own and the last few weeks was a bit too much, too much work and too many people around. And ahh, I don’t like myself when it happens, can get annoyed sometimes by small things and that’s the sign –  I have to go. I’m emotionally balanced person and if something doesn’t feel quite right, the action is needed and in my case – nature. Nature does wonders to me! I still need a bit more time on my own, but I guess drawing or creating something on Illustrator will put the finishing touches, always helps.  Continue reading

That Christmas feeling – Ljubljana

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This was my favourite street and the classical music played out loud from the speakers made me to come back to this street again and again.

Charming city! I think I done the right choice to visit Ljubljana in December. Christmas market, decorations (oh, how beautiful the city looked in the evening!), the small outside cafes next to the river and the smell of mulled wine and that Christmas feeling what I was looking for – was there.

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