SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: PART 1 ~ DON’T KNOW WHY…”FRESH NEW STARTS”

With nothing on the horizon, and feeling rudderless, I booked a ticket to Costa Rica on Thursday and flew out four days later, on the Monday. I don’t really know what I’m doing here, or WHY I’m here, so I’m excited to find out.

Halfway through our life’s journey

I woke to find myself within a dark wood

because I had strayed from the correct path.

Oh how hard it is to describe

how harsh and tough that savage wood was

The very thought of it renews the fear!

~ Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy

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My Leuchtturm1917 journal being put to good use. https://www.instagram.com/leuchtturm1917/?hl=en
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Happened upon my feeling whilst wandering the streets of Orlando on Saturday 9Feb, before flying out to Costa Rica on the 11th.
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Bullet Journal ~ Leuchtturm1917

On the 5th, I finally pulled the trigger and booked the ticket, still not knowing at all why I was doing it, and then I read this on a friend’s IG page: 

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This is a time for cutting the cords binding us to anything that we know has been holding us back or where we are settling rather than thriving. It is also for making bold decisions that lead us to fresh new starts. – Alex Myles

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I can relate to this freaked out monkey. 

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Free as a bird right now. This is by artist, Gabriel Dumani. His IG page is https://www.instagram.com/graficajaguar/?hl=en and this is his description in Espanol, of this piece: “Avistamiento de #quetzalesmesoamericanos en San José, Costa Rica! Mural comisionado para nuestros amigos de @frentealaplazateatro. Gracias totales por la confianza y el apoyo 🙂 Siempre soñando con un mundo sin fronteras y América Latina libre en él ✊🏽🔥”

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11feb2019. San Jose, Costa Rica. 

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PRODUCT FOCUS: LEUCHTTURM1917 METALLIC EDITION ~ BULLET JOURNALLING

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The Metallic Edition for 2019. 

Happy 2019 ! To make a long story short, I spent a month in Frankfurt, Germany last year and as I wandered through various stationery shops, my eyes and hands kept going to the Leuchtturm journal displays. As an impassioned and committed journaller / world traveler, I am always looking for journals to record my life experiences in. I researched Leuchtturm first, before contacting them to see if they would sponsor me with some products for this glorious year, 2019, just to see what kind of company it was. It’s important that my principles align with companies I wish to use and promote. I liked what I saw immediately; a family-run company proud of over 100 years of service to the world. In each journal, you receive a signed note of appreciation for purchasing their products and information on how the company began and what it provides. Here’s a link to the US website: https://www.leuchtturm1917.us

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I’ve begun my first bullet journal a.k.a. BUJO, and because so many seasoned bullet journallers recommend Leuchtturm as the journal to use, this all aligned perfectly for me. Here’s a quote from https://littlecoffeefox.com/ultimate-bullet-journal-cheat-sheet/

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This hardcover journal comes in blank, lined, squared, or dot grid paper. For bullet journaling, I always choose the dot grid first or the squared second. I never get lined paper for bullet journaling! This journal comes with a pocket, two bookmarks, pre-numbered pages, and a pre-built index. Plus there is a huge variety of colors, so you can always find something for your taste! I have bought this journal again and again, and I will always recommend it to newbies because it is worth every single penny.

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My gold metallic 2019 BUJO.
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I spiced up the front with images from the artist Orble, who is based in Berlin, Germany. https://www.instagram.com/orble_streetart/

I still have a lot to learn, and Bujo-ing is an ongoing process, but here are my monthly spreads for 2019 in progress:IMG_3029IMG_3023IMG_3031IMG_3032

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There is still a lot more to do as I figure out how I want to organize all of my goals and everything, plus, I haven’t gotten a hold of any stencils yet, to give the layouts a ‘sharper’ look, but at this moment, I am content with where I am.

A big thank you to Leuchtturm for doing 2019 with me and I strongly recommend Leuchtturm to you, for any of your journalling / life organizing needs. 

1JAN2019 from Cocoa Beach, Florida

 

 

KIEV (КИЇВ), UKRAINE (УКРАЇНА): GLORY FOR UKRAINE (СЛАВА ДЛЯ УКРАЇНИ)

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Slava duly Ukrayiny: “Glory for Ukraine”

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery Михайлівський золотоверхий монастир

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St Volodymyr’s Cathedral Патріарший кафедральний собор св. Володимира

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Sviato-Pokrovskyi Cathedral

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Kyivska Perepichka ! A perpetually long queue moves quickly towards a window where two women hand out pieces of fried dough enclosing a mouthwatering sausage. The place became a local institution long before the first ‘hot dog’ hit town. AN ESSENTIAL KYIV EXPERIENCE. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ukraine/kyiv/restaurants/kyivska-perepichka/a/poi-eat/1276912/360928

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LAHORE, PAKISTAN : “ROADSIDE”

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Tuesday, August 14th, is “Partition Day” یوم آزادی‎; Yaum-e Āzādī ~ Independence Day ~ National fervor is building in the days leading up to it ~ lots of Pakistan flags of all sizes are everywhere. This man has a rather large one on his tractor. 

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Selling sunglasses on the roadside.
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Lone figure outside of a Mosque.

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Polka dots and eye contact.
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A boy selling shoes by the roadside. 
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Anonymity

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Brick layers transport 20-22 bricks on their backs continuously, at a building site.

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Waiting for the bus
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Stencil art at Liberty Market

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august 2018. Lahore, Pakistan. 

Chișinău , Moldova : Un weekend

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O sâmbătă dimineață . A Saturday morning .

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Sa ne rugam . Let us pray .

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Carol Schmidt (German: Karl-Ferdinand Alexander Schmidt;[1] 25 June 1846 – 9 March 1928) was an Imperial Russian politician in what is now Moldova. He served as mayor of Chișinău (1877–1903). He was a Bessarabian German and is considered one of the best mayors Chișinău ever had. (wiki)
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The Nativity Cathedral

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Stefan Cel Mare Park

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Central Post Office

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Graffiti writers in Stefan Cel Mare Park

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jun2018. Chisinau, Moldova .

 

Chișinău , Moldova : Pisică Ferocească

DCIM100GOPROG0188339.The Cathedral of Christ’s Nativity (Romanian: Catedrala Mitropolitană Nașterea Domnului) is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The cathedral was bombed during World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. During the Soviet period, worship was prohibited and the cathedral was transformed into an exhibition center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_Cathedral,_Chișinău

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Ştefan cel Mare Central Park (Romanian: Grădina Publică „Ştefan cel Mare” / Parcul „Ştefan cel Mare”) is the main park in Central Chişinău, Moldova. Formerly known as Pushkin Park, it is the oldest park in Moldova and spans about 7 hectares (17 acres). It has gained the nickname “The Park of the Lovers” in Chişinău due to its popularity as a meeting spot for couples. The park contains 50 species of trees, some of which are quite old, the mulberries and acacias being between 130 and 180 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ștefan_cel_Mare_Central_Park

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Artist: Radu Dumbrava https://www.instagram.com/dumbravaradu/
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The National Theater Mihai Eminescu was established on October 10, 1920 by a group of prominent Romanian cultural and public figures, led by the Minister of Bessarabia in the Government of Romania, Sergiu T. Niţă. The troupe worked only one season, delivering 25 performances. In 1935, by ministerial order, theaters in Chisinau, Craiova and Chernivtsi were closed for financial reasons. Although short-lived, the first National Theater in Chisinau has made an important contribution to the culture of Bessarabia. https://www.gpsmycity.com/attractions/national-theater-mihai-eminescu-9979.html
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Pisică Ferocească : Ferocious Kitty

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The Chișinău Water Tower is an architectural monument of Chișinău, Moldova, located at 2 Mitropolit Bănulescu-Bodoni Street and built at the end of 19th century after a project by Alexander Bernadazzi. It was a main part of Chişinău’s water system. The upper level was built of wood and was destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt between 1980 and 1983. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chișinău_Water_Tower
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Elefant, artist unknown

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Francysk Skaryna or Francisk Skorina (pronounced [franˈt͡sɨsk skaˈrɨna]; Latin: Franciscus Scorina, Belarusian: Францыск (Францішак) Скарына; Polish: Franciszek Skaryna; ca. 1490–before 29 January 1552) was a Belarusian humanist, physician, translator and one of the first book printers in Eastern Europe, laying the groundwork for the development of the Belarusian language. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francysk_Skaryna
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No escaping Western Influence

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10jun18. Chisinau , Moldova