Bike Diaries

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Some bike diaries i made about a week ago. I sold all of them on the Fluff fest here in Czech. I was afraid people wont like them coz they are so heavy, but i underestimated "these people". I think they  would even bought the diary with the whole fixie  glued on it :-). Guess they would dumped the diary and ride the bike or maybe they wouldnt really dumped it, but ride the fixie and  kept the diary to write in it later. I have  to make one to find out.



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Back in NY

Friday, July 10, 2009

After over a month i spent in Peru i came back to NYC. It was real pain in the ass to make it through the immigration control. This time they had more stupid questions than ever before. Almost kicked me out of the country for bringing few stones and brazilian nuts with me without marking "yes" in the form they distribute on the board. So i actually did something illegal. So i had spent almost one hour being asked the same questions over and over and over again. At the end the let me go saying: "you are very lucky" and thought i will fall on my knees and kiss their hands for doing so. Gosh how much i hate immigration police everywhere!

PS1

Swiming with my clothes on in PS1

Brooklyn - Williamsburg

"Flee market" in MOMA (MUSEUM OF MODERN ART)

and number 23 again...

Roosevelt Island - really nice and chilled out place to visit. You will find an beautiful old hospital at the south end of it.

Brooklyn Bridge

This is Bluestockings Bookstore in Manhattan. The new home for my diaries. If you ever make it to NY make sure you go there. They have great books, cofe, cakes and really nice people that work there.

Spoonbill and Sugartown in Brooklyn. The second shop in NY that sells my books.

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Exploring Peru

Friday, July 03, 2009

 

Finally i uploaded some pictures from my trip to Peru. I didnt want to take my big camera with me, coz it is too heavy and i  hate carrying it around, but i regret it. Especially because i couldnt really take good closed up pictures in the Jungle. Well next time i will be smarter and put it in my bagpack.

I spent my last week in Peru in the Amazonian Jungle. Took 18 hours bus ride from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and than called this guy Victor a friend of mine recommended me as a good guide in the jungle and next day we hit the road. I spent 3 days by the lake Sandoval and it felt like my childhood dreams coming true. I loved the jugle for it sounds, the smells and even the humidity. And of course for all the wild life there. It was one of these trips when u just smile and smile and get surprised everytime. It was awesome to see the animals i have seen only in the ZOO (where i dont go anymore) or on the Tv screen. If there is something to go back for to Peru its definitely Amazonia.

yeah they are really there and  yeah they are huge and yeah they are beautiful ...

Sunset at Lake Sandoval

i love green

My guide Victor revealing the mystery of brasilian nut. If you dont know where are they hidden - in the coconut-like shell.

Drinking water from wild liana. And NO this is not Ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a liana of the amazonian forest. It is well known and used by the amazonian tribes, they consider it a sacred and master plant; it is the basis of shamanism, taditional medicine and indigenous cosmovisión. It is called Caapi in Brasil, natema in Ecuador, Yajè in Colombia and Ayahuasca in Perù. In the quechua language, ayahuasca means “liana of heaven”, so is called Mihi, Dapa, Pindè, Kamarampi, etc.

paddling the canoe on Lake Sandoval is relaxing and rewarding - you get to see all kinda fish, aligators and numerous kinds of birds

Croc Hunger Victor

and yeah this Dude was on our boat too...

seems like this number is just chasing me. I see it everywhere i go, i get the room in the house numbered 23  and get the room of the same number. Than i have to take the bus to the city down-town and guess what is the number of the bus? and than they change my flight back home to 23rd....and these chase go on and on and on....

 

Protests in Pueto Maldonado. Simillar protests let to the death of at least 45 people in rioting between police and indigenous demonstrators in the town of Bagua in the Peruvian Amazon on June 5th. Fortunataly there were no deaths this time, but still there were really bad vibes in the Air. Happy i didnt withess more bloodshed and happy i didnt miss my flight from Lima. My bus connection got cancelled due to strikes in PM. I didnt mind the extra day in PM, but i was scared i will be trapped in the city for much longer. Fortunately i could take the bus next day.
To read more about the "amazonian issue" go here.

Great thing about this trip was that i could hang out with couple of good friends. Spent week with my oldest friend (and class mate for 11 years!!!) Vita and his girlfriend Ala. Than i spent 5 days with my friend Ludivine who i met for the first time in Cambodia almost 2 years ago and than i had great time hanging out with Greg and Marinell. Imet these guys in India last year and we spentalmost a month together in Tibetan town called McLeod Ganj in Himalayas. I knew Vita gonna be there - in fact they provoked me to go to Latin America and meet them to share some great adventure together. But i didnt know Ludivine, Greg and Marinell gonna be there as well. I just found out when mentioning my travel plans to them in casual email i wrote them before leaving. So it was surprised, but awesome surprise coz i really like them and was happy to have a chance to do some traveling with them again.

 

Lake Titicaca is a lake located on the border of Boliviaand Peru. It sits 3,812 m (12,500 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest commercially navigable lakes in the world. By volume of water it is also the largest lake in South America.

This is one of the floating islands located few miles from Puno. Its is an amazing and unique thing to see. These islands are all made by people that live on them for centuries. When i first stepped on one of them i had to think about book by Yann Mantel "Life of Pie", coz there is an magic island that floats on the ocean. The island was more dangerous than the one on Lake Titicaca.

 

Taquile Island

Lake Titicaca from Puno

Teaching Greg how to read :-D.

I dont remember it, but I guess Marinell have just told me some dirty joke....

Vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Puno. The food there was delicious!!!

You dont need a bed to take a good nap..

Ludivine buying toys for  orphans in Ayacucho. She is an amazing person with big heart and possitive energy to spread around. And kids she is helping her just love her. U just see them smilling when she enters the room and its her natural gift to make people feel good and relaxed when around her.
Check out her website www.ludivine.webs.com and if you have money u can donate - do it...


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Streets of Ayacucho

Lake near Andahuaylillas

Picture taken from Wayna Picchu which is located just above Machu Picchu

I wondered what this guy is doing. Than i figured it out - checking his email :-).
Cusco


Posted by: Deaf Messanger