30 April 2012

Wild East : Київ - Львів

One of the saddest and unexpected places. How hot and exhausting it all was, first the hitch-hiking just to get close to the Polish - Ukrainian border, then bloody expensive train station food shopping and crazy journey in amazing huge, cheap night train, as dark and unfamiliar, as tired and lost we were.
By the good-night snack I learned to read cyrillic-alphabet on a train ticket.

Sleep came with ease, in the morning everything looked so much better, brighter and easier. The tea was served by ticket inspector in old-school glasses with handles that my grandmother used to use until middle '90s.

In Kiev sun and heat punched us to the ground, we got covered with gray dust and so it was about to stay for next couple of days.

We had so wonderful time, I was head over heels in love, felt this powerful tiny threads between us, old and new friends, all other people, through easier and heavier moments.

But Ukraine, you're so sad, gray place covered with dust.
With dirty, crowded streets in the city and collapsing houses on villages, omnipresent stray dogs, little yellow suburban buses, Orthodox churches dripping with gold.

Vegan ice cream and vegan mayonnaise. Both on a religious ground.

21 April 2012

Berlin - family style. Nie genug.

So finally it happened, first my little brother and then my parents came to visit me in my new home.
Week after week. First Berlin, than Hamburg. Then again Berlin. And Hamburg.

There was also endless waiting for a ride to Berlin to see my love for just few hours.

And lovely evening just with myself, Tempelhoff, drawing, reading and meeting a very special cat in my friends' flat, one of the most amazing places, where I feel safe as almost anywhere else.
So similar sightseeing routes, many same places, but all together so totally different when it comes to ways of spending time.
Unbelievable amount of surprises.

From snow on 10th of April and my a little bit introvert brother feeling like at home in foreign place among foreign people and speaking with them foreign language, cooking with me on the squat or hanging out in alternative art centre.

To my parents' impressions of Berlin, Hamburg, North See, Germany, my polyamorous relationship and dumpster diving.

I'm happy to have this family, however trivial it sounds.

And you know what? From April to the end of June there is a restricted area on Tepelhoff, a square around 200x500 m.
It says "Skylark breeds here. Please do not disturb".
On the windy airport I managed to hear them singing.