Charlie and the Photography Factory

June 22, 2009

Vidova Gora – Croatia’s “Mt. Everest”

First, apologies for the lack of posts on the blog.  I have been doing some extensive travelling (Krakow, Stockholm, Croatia, Paris, Malmö, and tomorrow Barcelona), and have had very sporadic internet. Thus, preventing any daily uploading.

Speaking of daily upload,  apologies for that too.  In good news, I have developed a serious back-up of wonderful photos to show you in the coming fall semester.  Stay tuned for Auschwitz-Birkenau,  more Croatia,  cathedrals from Krakow, and other gems.

And, now for today’s post, which was pressured for promulgation from my friends and fellow hikers:

Crew View

This is the view from the highest mountain in all of the Adriatic islands: Vidova Gora in Bol, Croatia.  Emil (The Dark Knight, remember?), Rob (Dodge’s cool friend), Dodge (a dear friend from highschool), and I scaled this mountain for a sunset in about two hours.  It was one of the best memories of Croatia specifically for all the things we saw ( we found a cave, a mountain-top bar, annoyed mountain sheep, and endured some night hiking).  I think if Bear Grylls were to hear about this adventure he would even be impressed…

Except for the part on how we reacted when we saw this:

Spider1

But, what can you expect? It’s abdomen was the size of your thumb, and the web large enough to capture humans! Okay, I was lying about the last part.

Spider2

In any case, this sucker made us all turn into little school girls cautiously walking as to prevent another encounter with one of these crawlers.  Imagine going back through these thickets at night again, with knowledge of them around!

May 26, 2009

Jönköping’s Very Own Dark Knight and Robin

Fields of GoldThis picture was made last weekend on one of the best bike rides I have ever done in my life.  I went with Emil (The Dark Knight, his chosen nomenclature in our abode), his sidekick, Pernilla, (aka Robin cause she got sucked into it), and my CARPOOL friend Amy (who graciously came all the way to little ol’ Jönköping).   In this picture,  is a rolling hill of tall green grass sprinkled with the golden flowers you see here.  When our caravan crested over the highest point of the hill and zoomed down to the low point (seen here), we couldn’t help but enjoy the serenity and blue skies. So, we cracked open our bottle of Spanish Rosé.  It was such a great moment to finally embrace this beautiful part of Jönköping after accepting the fact that I would be soon calling it my new home (at least for awhile).  It was a moment of intense euphoria. It was here when Amy began singing The Sound of Music, which was proceeded with our ridiculous skipping.  

Among the best parts, was being with great company. I hadn’t seen Amy in 5 months, and, thus, missed many many Monday night home dinners.  And, of course, I got the chance to ride with the Dark Knight and Robin.  You see the Dark Knight is seldom seen out of his bat cave–the room adjacent to ours.  If you’re lucky you can find him there usually around 4 o’clock,  in 100% darkness, wrapped in his Dark Knight cocoon (his bed sheets), with bed-head, fatigued from a night full of crime-fighting, huddled over a small laptop, and scheming on how to save Jönkoping from the Jokers of the world (i.e. playing random flash games).  Be careful not to disturb him for he is deep in focus.  

His counterpart, also a friend of mine , goes by (when she’s not crime fighting) Pernilla. She recently got sucked into the world of super-hero “crime fighting” as well. You can find her in the bat-cave at 4PM too.  

But, in all seriousness these three are really great people, and I am glad to have met them.  And, Amy, thanks for coming up! (And, leaving your mark in Jönköping! Haha!) I had a killer time reminiscing about Texas and CARPOOL life!

 

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