Hey you, out there in the cold Getting lonely, getting old Can you feel me? Hey you, standing in the aisles With itchy feet and fading smiles Can you feel me? Hey you, don’t help them to bury the light Don’t give in without a fightHey you out there on your own Sitting naked by the phone Would you touch me? Hey you with you ear against the wall Waiting for someone to call out Would you touch me? Hey you, would you help me to carry the stone? Open your heart, I’m coming homeBut it was only fantasy The wall was too high As you can see No matter how he tried He could not break free And the worms ate into his brainHey you, out there on the road Always doing what you’re told Can you help me? Hey you, out there beyond the wall Breaking bottles in the hall Can you help me? Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all Together we stand, divided we fall!
This song is so powerful and touching. There is always light at the end of the tunnel even though we might not see it. I feel like the song is calling us and talking with us, saying that we should never give upno matter what. Especially today when our lives are changing in so many unprecedented ways.
“I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells. I bow to the place in you that is love, light and joy. When you and I bow to our true nature, we are one. My soul recognizes your soul. We are the same, we are one. I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me. “
So much love and peace and meaning behind simpleNamaste!
I had Nepal on my bucket list for quite some time and mostly because of the Himalayas. However, as I still don’t have enough money, stamina and courage to visit the base camp (I have no interest in climbing the summit and ending up frozen across the mountain like 200 other bodies found until now) I decided to opt for free drinks on the wedding of my work colleague in Kathmandu. I was also attracted to Nepal because of it’s people who are one of the most peaceful and welcoming people I have ever met. In Dec I have received a beautiful red invitation written by the hand of his uncle. The tradition in Nepal requires the oldest family member to invite the guests and his uncle was the eldest. The wedding was planned to last for 2 days with the first day being the most important one.
So here we were, 6 of us, flying in small Fly Dubai Boeing, drinking beers and looking forward to this “cultural” trip. On 24th of Jan 2019 for the first time in our lives we have touched the ground of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. If you have Bosnian passport like me you can get tourist visa on arrival which costs 25$ for 15 days. Before passport control you are required to fill in “arrival card” and after that you need to visit the airport kiosk and fill in the online form. After you fill the form, the kiosk will give you a little paper and with that paper you will go to cashier to pay for the visa. After the payment you will proceed to the passport control and immigration. If you are lucky (and I am obviously not!) you will go through it fast. Otherwise, you will end up 1 standing 1 hour in a line waiting for deadbeat officer to ask you questions like “When you were born?”, “What is your name”, “Where are you going?”. Finally after this torturing we were outside the airport trying to avoid taxi scammers. Our friend told us to look for registered stand and to negotiate the price before so we followed his advice to get to the accommodation. We booked little hostel Peacock close to Patan Durban Square. During the taxi ride I spotted the tangled electrical cables, dirt, crazy traffic which is so typical for Asian countries and I could still see the consequences of 2017 earthquake.
After a long 45 minutes, we have finally arrived at our destination. Peacock has 7 rooms in the offer and they are not made for people taller than 1.60 cm. However, they were a super cute mix of old and new, wooden rugs, electrical blankets, gas water heaters, and coffee machine, hence I was ready to live like a hobbit for the next 4 days.
In the evening we went for dinner in a probably overpriced, nearby restaurant where I ordered traditional dish Dal Bhat (“dal” means lentils and “bhat” stands for rice) and mulled wine. For beer lovers, I would recommend ordering 650 ml beer Mt. Everest which does justice to its name. After the dinner, we went for a walk around Patan Square built in distinct Newar architecture style which is a mix of woodcarving, stone, brink, and brass craftsman and belongs in the list of the highest achievements of humankind (I read that somewhere). Around the square, there were so many little streets and pathways with cute cafes, rooftop bars playing rock silently, Hindu temples, and stray dogs.
By midnight I was in bed, but all my hopes for a good night sleep were flushed down the toilet. I could hear people shouting, moving house, the dog was barking and as soon as I closed my eyes I could hear my alarm buzzing. At 9 am the driver picked us up and took us to the groom’s house were we have received with a warm welcome and attention. Most of the women were dressed in red sari’s because red is considered to bring love and happiness to the newlywed home, so if you are not sure what to wear to Nepalese wedding you will not make mistake with red dress or any other detail.
Funny fact: I have left my mobile phone in my husband’s car and only figured out when I was already at the gate. And as one of my friends said I was “shamelessly taking photos with my big iPad for the next 4 days”.
Nakon tri dana istrazivanja misticnog i prelijepog otoka Chiloe vratili smo se na kopno i nastavili istrazivati podrucje oko drugog najveceg jezera “Llanquihue” u Chile-u. Na obalama ovog jezera se nalaze mali i lijepi gradici poput Puerto Varasa, Frutillar Baja, Puerto Octaya i Puerto Clockera, a iznad njih se nazire snijegom pokriveni vrh vulkana Osorno.
Obzirom da smo imali samo dva dana u ovom podrucju nas prvobitni plan je bio da posjetimo vodopade Petrohue, da istrazimo gradice oko jezera i da planinarimo u Nacionalnom parku Vicente Perez Rosales.
Naredno jutro smo rano ustali, doruckovali, obuli planinarske cipele, spakovali ruksake i krenuli. Jedna stvar koju sam cula o Patagoniji se definitivno pokazala tacnom – vrijeme je apsolutno nepredvidivo i dnevno se mogu promijeniti 4 godisnja doba. U jednom trenutku se vozite u magli i kisi, a u narednom trenutku sunce sija i horizont je cist.
Nakon 2h voznje kroz maglu konacno stizemo u Vicente Perez Rosales nacionalni park. Boje prirode i ljepota ovog parka su nesto nerealno. Okolo se prostiru zelene sume i poljane divljeg cvijeca, u daljini se nazire planinski lanac Ande, a ispred nas tamno plavo jezero Todos los Santos. U blizini odjekuje sum vodopada nadjacan jakim vjetrom. Ali, vrhunac je sezone, park je prepun turista i pronalazak parkinga je prvi izazov. Nakon sto smo se parkirali odlazimo u setnju pored jezera da otkrijemo gdje se tacno nalaze vodopadi.
Tada smo otkrili da smo vec prosli pored vodopada, a nismo ni skontali. Petrohue vodopadi se nalaze na jednom kraju jezera Todos los Santos. Ovaj dio parka je pod zastitom i placate simbolicnu ulaznicu. Kada smo konacno stigli do naseg odredista, docekao nas je ogroman red, pa smo odlucili da se vratimo naredni dan rano ujutro jer nismo zeljeli protraciti ovaj divan dan u cekanju. Odlucili smo da idemo u istrazivanje gradica okolo jezera. Ostala sam bez teksta posmatrajuci predivnu divljinu, vulkan Osorno i nepregledna polja divljeg cvijeca. Ne postoje rijeci kojima bih mogla opisati ljepotu ovog podrucja jezera i mislim da u zivotu nisam vidjela ljepsu prirodu. Naravno, i bosanska priroda je prelijepa, ali kordiljeri Andi i vulkana u daljini su nepregledni.
Nasa naredna destinacija je Frutillar Bajo, poznati turisticki gradic koji ima divan pogled na Osorno vulkan. Vecina kuca u ovom gradicu je izgradjena u njemackom stilu arhitekture i mislim da sam uslikala sve i jednu kucicu koju sam vidjela. Parkirali smo se ispred njemacke kolonije koja danas predstavlja muzej i podsjetnik na nacin zivota stoljecima unazad. Cim smo zakoracili u unutrasnjost vratili smo se u 19-ti vijek i vrijeme kada su njemacki imigranti prvi put naselili ove prostore.
Nakon posjete muzeju prosetali smo uz obalu i posjetili poznati teatar “Teatro de Lago” i instagramicni drveni dok. Frutillar je poznat kao grad muzike i koncerti se desavaju tokom cijele godine. Takodjer, ovaj teatar predstavlja i najveci akusticni teatar ikad izgradjen u Juznoj Americi.
Poslije setnje sjeli smo u mali kafe gdje smo uzivali u poznatoj “strudli” i kafi. Ovaj gradic je vjerovatno jedan od najljepsih gradica koje sam vidjela, kao malo seoce iz neke bajke.
Oko 8.30 uvecer smo sisli do obale da gledamo i fotografisemo zalazak sunca. Trenutno je plima vrlo niska i plaza se prostire kilometrima pa je tesko razlikovati nebo od pacifickog okeana. Nakon zalaska sunca nebo je promijenilo boju u purpurno zutu i pozeljela sam zauvijek ostati tamo.
Iako smo namjeravali naredno jutro ustati u 6 i voziti nazad u Petrohue, kisa i vjetar su nas probudili usred noci i poremetili nase planove. Obzirom da smo vrlo lose spavali, naredno jutro smo tek ustali oko 10. Vec je bilo kasno da idemo u Petrohue, pa smo odlucili da odemo u nacionalni park Alerce Andino koji je udaljen pola sata. Kao sto samo ime govori, u parku se nalazi najstarije drvo u Juznoj Americi nazvano “Veliki Djed“. Cim smo napustili drvenu kabinu, kisa je pocela padati. Ali, posto smo mi tvrdoglaviji do kise ipak smo odlucili da idemo na planinarenje. Nakon sto smo stigli u park vidjeli smo jos vozila i grupicu starijih turista sa kabanicama i planinarskim stapovima. E pa kad mogu oni, sigurno mozemo i mi i krenuli smo za njima utabanom stazom do vodopada i Velikog Djeda.
Dok smo hodali kroz sumu sjetila sam se pjesme Misty Mountain Cold iz filma Hobiti “Far over the mist mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old“.
Iako je kisa sve jace padala, mi smo odlucili da zavrsimo sto smo poceli pa smo sve dublje isli u park. Hodali smo kroz blato, preko drvenih mostica i pored pumine pecine dok nismo konacni stigli do vodopada i Velikog Djeda. Legende kazu da je prije bilo i starijeg alerco drveca, ali spanski konkvistadori su ga posjekli tokom naseljavanja kontinenta.
Na putu nazad odjeca nam je bila potpuno mokra, ogladnili smo, ali smo bili i dalje u dobrom raspolozenju, smijali smo se i salili. Takodjer bili smo iznenadjeni koliko ljudi smo sretali usput i cinilo se da niko ne mari mnogo sto kisa pada. Cim smo stigli do auta, na brzinu sam se presvukla u suhu odjecu i krenuli smo u potragu za hranom. Uvecer smo opet sisli na plazu, uzivali u zalasku sunca, svjezem vazduhu i hladnom pivu. Naredni dan smo ujutro rano imali let nazad za Santijago odakle sam ja dalje nastavljala za Dubai, a Franco je putovao nazad u Vinu del Mar.
As some of you know I used to work on board cruise line ships from 2012 – 2014. Altogether, I did 4 contracts for 2 different companies and before the end of the 4th contract I gave in my resignation and disembarked in Dubrovnik in Croatia. During those days I used to write a blog about my experience and life in the white metal box, however, that blog was removed and my posts were collected in the book I haven’t published yet.
Today, almost 8 years later I still think that this experience was the highlight of my twenties and it changed my life in so many different ways. I have become more self-confident, self-aware and resilient person. I learned what means “hard work” and how to save money. I have sailed half of the Earth and improved my English which helped me to move to UAE later on. Moreover, I have met so many different people and finally I have met my husband on board.
In the next post I will be sharing the steps that you need to take to embark yourself on this difficult, but rewarding journey. The ship has also changed lives of many of my friends who are sailing even today.
After returning from the mystical and beautiful Chiloe island, we continued to explore the area of the second largest lake in Chile – Lake Llanquihue on the mainland. At the shores of this lake, you will find small and beautiful cities of Puerto Varas, Frutillar Bajo, Puerto Octay and Puerto Clocker and above them a snow-topped peak of Osorno volcano.
We only planned 2 days in this area, so our initial plan was to visit Petrohue Waterfalls, hike in Pérez Rosales National Park and explore the cities around the lake.
The next morning after a good rest we put on our hiking boots, packed our backpacks and hit the road. One thing I heard about Patagonia proved to be true – the weather here is unpredictable and 3 seasons can change daily. In one moment you are driving in a fog and rain and in the next moment the sun is shining and the horizon is clear.
2h later and we were in National Park driving towards the Waterfalls. The beauty and colours of this park are surreal, green forests and fields with wildflowers, an Andean mountain range in distance and dark blue Todos Los Santos lake. You could hear the sounds of rushing water silenced by the strong winds. However, as it was the peak of the season the place was overcrowded and finding parking was a challenge.
The Petrohue waterfalls are formed by water rushing from the lake Todos Los Santos over the rocky formations. The site is protected by the government, and you need to pay a symbolic entrance fee. When we finally arrived we found a line of 100 people waiting so we decided to come back tomorrow earlier as we didn’t want to waste a beautiful sunny day. Instead, we decided to drive around the lake Llanquihue and explore the surrounding area. I was again left speechless and breathless admiring the wilderness, the Osorno volcano, and the endless fields full of wildflowers. There are no words to describe how beautiful is the Lake District and I think I never saw a more beautiful nature in my life.
Our next stop was Frutillar Bajo, scenic and beautiful little town overlooking Osorno volcano. Most of the houses here are built in German architecture style and frankly I think I took a photo of every single one of them. We parked in front of the German Colonial Museum which was the first on our list. As soon as we entered museum it felt like we are back in the 19th century when the first German immigrants started populating this area.
After the Museum, we took a stroll down the coastline and visited famous Teatro Del Lago (Musical Theater), and small picturesque dock. Frutillar is famous as a City of Music and offers concerts all year round, and Teatro del Lago is the largest acoustic theatre ever built in South America. After the stroll, we sat in a little shop where we enjoyed German “Strudel” and coffee. This little town is maybe one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen, it looks like a fairy tale town.
Around 8:30 in the evening we went down to the beach to watch the sunset and take some photos. As the tide is low, the beach is stretching for miles, and I wasn’t able to distinguish skies from the ocean. After the sunset, the skies turned purple yellow, and I wanted to stay there forever.
Although we planned to get up at 6 am the next day and drive back to Petrohue Waterfalls the rain and wind woke us up in the middle of the night and disturbed our plans. As we slept bad, the next morning we ended up getting up after 10 am. It was already too late to go to Petrohue, so we decided to go hiking in close by Alerce Andino National Park which was half an hour away. As its name implies, the park preserves groves of the oldest South American alerce andino tree, El Gran Abuelo. As soon as we left from our little cabin it started raining again. The closer we were approaching the park, the rain was pouring stronger and stronger, but we didn’t want to turn back. Once we reached the entrance to the park, we saw more cars parked, and a group of older tourists with raincoats and hiking sticks. I was determined to hike, thinking if they can do it for sure we can do it as well, so we went inside the thick forest following the path towards El Gran Abuelo tree.
As we walked through the forest, I remembered the song Misty Mountain Cold from Hobbit “Far over the misty mountains cold, to dungeons deep and caverns old” and I felt so happy and grateful for this experience.
The rain was pouring like crazy, but we decided to finish what we started, so we kept going deeper and deeper into the park. We walked through the mud, rocks, wooden stairs and next to the puma’s cave until we reached a small waterfall and finally El Gran Abuelo.
On the way back our clothes were soaked in the water, and we were starving, but nothing could influence our good mood, and we laughed and joked. We were also surprised as we met so many people and nobody seemed bothered by the rain. However, as soon as we reached the car, I removed wet clothes and it was time to look for the food. That evening we spent again at the beach chasing sunsets and enjoying the fresh air and cold beer. The next day I was supposed to fly back to Santiago, and Dubai and the vacations were over.