We love taking street photography during our trips. When we knew that fashion week dates were just around the corner, we took our interest on street photography into a whole new level, street-style that is. And may we say, what an experience to have, it is such an addictive thing to do when you are in the moment.
Yup, to boldly go for a three-months trip even when given less-than-ten-days prep to do so. Whaaattt… We don’t know about you guys, but as control freaks, ten days will never be enough to prepare a European trip, let alone a three-month traveling to Europe. So here’s the story, before the New Year, The Husband just got a call from his boss telling he has to go for work ASAP to Monaco for three months. Again, whaattt… Well The Wife just would not want to be left alone at home for three months does she? And Monaco, where is that exactly?
Mother Russia is a cold country, not just the weather (duh..) but also the people. There weren’t many locals who could understand or speak English. Even the Russian alphabet just kinda look like a mixed-up version of the Latin alphabet, like it was written for codes and exchanging national secrets in war time, an Imitation-Game-kinda-thing. During the trip, we communicated using body-language, hand-signs and distinct eyebrows movement with the locals; often with no good outcome in the end. Most of the museums and Metro stations do not have English signage; but thank God some museums have English audioguides. We did managed to find KFC and McDonald’s outlets that have English menu and some good pricier (but still affordable) restaurants, international cafés have also English menu, so dining is not a big issue for us. Strikingly, most of the taxi drivers we got there, were the ones that quite easy to talk to and they sounded well-informed about Jakarta, Indonesia, being the largest muslim country and all, even the story about East Timor. In fact, we exchanged contact details with one named Andrei since he was so eager to go to Bali, Indonesia. People could surprise you, we think.
Some of our friends often asked us about how we manage to arrange our trips without tour guides nor travel agents. Well, all we can say that it is not rocket science. However, before getting our boarding passes, we do have a lot of things to cover. We, the Duliars, tend to sweat all the small stuffs when it comes to traveling to new places. Some call it, what to prepare before going or maybe a simple 7-day-guide-to-departure. We call it, 365-days counting before departure. 😀
We like to plan almost anything ahead in time, way ahead I’ll tell you; so we take our timeline and itinerary very seriously. You might find this article useful if you’re a control freak over your itinerary. At the end, we usually got most of the iconic point of interests in a timely manner without the use of tour-guides (well maybe that one time in Marrakesh, just to put hubby’s mind at ease). After seeing our pictures, friends usually asked for our printable itineraries and got inspired to go to these places. And yes, we’re gonna share these itineraries in our blog too. In the meantime, lets count the days before our next destination, shall we ?
The first thing that pop up to my mind when husband asked me about going to Spain, I was then screamed for Marrakeessshhhh…
The city has always been one of my bucket list since I got hold on Vogue magazine. The photo spread they did in Morocco, be it in Marrakesh or Fez. Or from movies I saw did shots in Tangier. Morocco has always been one of few exotic places on earth I wanna see. Husband did not too keen at first. He lost appetite on cities that have unknown languages and many ethnicities, he said we could get into ‘lost-in-translation’situation. Until I found a good-reviewed local guide from one’s traveler blog. His name is Mohamed and was a great local guide, a very good story-teller and a humorous one. Then, husband found that the accommodation called Riyad there, are so very very beautiful, and of course he couldn’t say no to nice accommodations. 😀 At last he said yes to my plead going to Marrakesh.
To me, Barcelona is a city of architecture. Cita-Cita aku dulu sebelum akhirnya belajar ekonomi, adalah arsitek. So I loveeee building shapes and how they made. Kalau kalian mau belajar arsitektur, selain di Universitas Parahyangan yang tersohor itu, you need to go to Barcelona!
The amount of amazing facades and brilliant shapes are never ending, they are everywhere in every corner of the city. Apalagi melihat kreasi Bapak Antoni Gaudi, dia hidup di jaman tahun sebelum 1900-an, tapi imajinasinya akan ruang tiga dimensi itu tidak bisa lekang dimakan waktu, eternal.. Bayangin aja Sagrada Familia sampai sekarang belum kelar juga dibuat, betapa rincinya setiap pahatan dinding luar dan atap didalamnya. Sayangnya semakin kesini, buatan kontraktor di masa sekarang tidak serinci buatan kontraktor di jaman dulu.
Again, if you love architecture, you don’t wanna miss Barcelona! It is a must in your bucket list! Continue Reading