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retrospective: lisbon in instagrams

At the time writing this we are living in truly weird times. There is a global pandemic ravaging the world, causing a lot of sadness and grief, but also turning our lives upside down. As someone who travels a lot, both for leisure and for work, the closure of the borders is a major change in my life. I had a lot of plans for travels and also for this website, which are canceled or on hold for now. But you have to see the upsides as well. There is a feeling of change in the air, of reflection and rethinking. Now we have the time to ask ourselves: What is important and what do we truly need? The future seems more uncertain than ever before.

A good time for a retrospection. For many years I was quite active on instagram and I liked the very distinct square format. Intentionally I kept it very separate from this website, because I didn’t think the shots were fitting for desktop screens. But having time at home I am sorting my library and I like the instagram format for some shots, so I decided to do some collections. Let’s start with a country and city which is very close to me. Selected impressions of Lisbon, Portugal in 2014.

Travelling Fuerteventura

Travelling Fuerteventura you discover a mostly barren and dry land, but still there is a lot going on. The goats for example, roaming many parts of the island and providing milk for one of the culinary specialities here, goat cheese. Also there are beautiful old windmills to find and if you dig deeper the nature become more and more diverse with sandy beaches and more mountainous regions. It’s worth it to travel to the inner part of Fuerteventura as well, as enchanting as the coast often is.

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New York in Winter

Travelling to New York in April you notice that it’s still much colder there than in Europe. There was a major blizzard right before we arrived in 2018 (the last one in the season), and the mood in the city was rather grim. Though it’s not a bad time to visit the city as it was not as packed as I usually imagine it to be. There were some quiet moments to have, even in busy Manhattan. Time to look around and observe the last moments of winter right before the dawn of spring.

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Mostar: Journey in Time

In the last several series’ about Mostar I focussed on the war thorn past of the city. While the past conflicts are still vivid and can by seen when wandering the streets one should not dismiss the long history of Mostar as an Ottoman town. The historic buildings are situated in a scenic way alongside the river with the well known bridge of Mostar, which was rebuilt after the war entirely, marking the center. It’s also the place where the well known tradition of bridge jumping takes place. There are several beautiful mosques, paying tribute to the Islamic belief still followed by the people living in this part of the town. Walking the old town of Mostar truly feels like a journey in time.

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The Sniper Tower

The Sniper Tower is an abandoned high-rise building in the war-torn city of Mostar in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The eerie site is officially closed down but is still in use as a space for graffiti art. During the Bosnian war 1992 to 1995 it was used by Croatian snipers to target the near-by square, also hitting and killing many civilians. Today there is peace luckily, but Mostar is still divided between Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosniaks, the sniper tower marking the border of the two parts of the city and standing as a visible reminder and as a warning.

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