ELLipHANt tHroWs iT DoWN HARd at CLuB BaRdOt, HoLLyWooD, CALiFoRnIA. ELLiPHANt iN tHe RooM!!!!

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Ellinor Olovsdotter, better known as Elliphant, is a provocative, lawless Swedish pop-artist with a sound that is a cross between M.I.A. and Diplo. No wonder she is joining M.I.A.’s tour in Canada with performances in Montreal and Toronto, May 3rd and May 4th. She is a definite uprising superstar and the real musicians that listen just know it – including Coachella’s most recent popular, live electronic-act, SKRILLEX, who she is collaborating with and thus pushing her music out further into the masses. This chick knows how to throw it down hard LIVE, with a progressive reggaetonesque, hip-hop, dance-beat that blasts you into a sexual, rhythmic, body pulsation.

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Check out Elliphant LIVE at Bardot:

 

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We had pre-drinks in Venice and got warmed up for the show as we were super-charged to catch ELLIPHANT sing her songs that we have been vibing to lately.

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sisters party

Elliphant’s mesmerizing show is filled with her sweaty, sexy dance-moves, as her hair flies around with her fingers pointing out, shaking her booty with confidence while laughing and singing her provocative songs like “BOOTY KILLAH”, “BITCH OUT”, and “MAKE IT JUICE” – progressive beats that palpitate a crowd into a surging wave as her lyrics just flow. It is rare to fine a caucasian in this genre with authentic talent, and even to find one that is a confident, sexy female that shows us how to really move. Her strong use of language falls in line with her music with “DOWN ON LIFE”, an addicting melody with intro lyrics that thump your body into a lampoon of laughter: “we are waking up in a pile of shit, whole bed, is full of it”. She breaks-down the audience into heavy movement as she delivers the catchy chorus: “I could use a break, me need to go, down down down – on life, I need you to to take, all my shadows for a walk tonight”.

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WATCH music video “DOWN ON LIFE”:

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hanging friends

Her debut album, titled “A Good Idea”, has a heavy, urban sound with heavy beats and breaks that bring energetic changes, and fast, melodic, shocking-sexy lyrics that echo the vibrations of reggaeton and Denmark’s “danskhall”. She proved to me that she is right in line with the authenticity of the roots of a mix of genres, like Jamaican dance-hall and reggaeton – as a heavy sweaty dance-show is what the mecca of real reggae is all about, and Elliphant’s show at Bardot would have moved the toughest crowd down in Kingston or Montego Bay into loving and respecting her because she MAKE YA WANNA MOVE. No wonder she traveled to the island to collaborate with Jamaica’s Ras Fraser Junior. They feel her. Her energetic songs capture me into hopping around on the dance floor when her raw energy draws into you, similar to how Jamaican legend BUJU BANTON would make me feel at a live show.

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singing hard

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Her music also echoes progressive pop music and that is probably why she is fusing and collaborating with such acts like SKRILLEX that are now super popular at big festivals like Coachella. I’m not sure what they are drinking in the water up in Stockholm, but this Northern European, Elliphant, has taken hip-hop and Jamaican influence and made it her own in progressive pop. Her Swedish dictation of the English Language and native accent has given her edge into spitting out her English words into hypnotic phrases that roll off her tongue with attitude similar to the way an authentic dredlock-islander with talent would hope to.

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sacha laughing

cool time

Although her sound seems to be more influenced by reggaeton and dance-hall, she probably listens to classic, energetic hip-hop music to gear her up to create this type of Scandanavian pop. African Americans created hip-hop because their genetics lead them there from their rhythmic, African roots, with their unique use of the English language, and distinct African-American culture, giving them a different dictation then a caucasian-American. Maybe it’s her Swedish accent that helps her flow the way she does.

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hands up

group hanging

ANDY WARHOL would approve.

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I had the pleasure of hanging out with ELLIPHANT on a farm recently where she stormed around the dusty ranch on the dirt road naturally in bare-feet, energetic and always laughing with her Swedish crew and friends from Los Angeles.  People that didn’t even know of her music would still feed off her funny, positive vibes and style. Some of her Swedish crew and friends that were at a recent private festival in Ojai, joined together at Bardot to get down with her; backstage they were all pumped up after the show as it was a success.

Check Cowboys and Indians festival in Ojai:

http://sweeneyseas.com/2014/04/28/cowboys-and-indians-in-ojai-2014/

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elliphant music

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Most Americans that I know don’t understand how hip-hop is taking off in Northern Europe in different native tongues, not English; especially Denmark, where local, legendary, hip-hop artists draw large crowds as hip-hop is most popular now to the uprising youth. It’s the way the Danish and Dutch languages are spoken, allowing words to come out freely, rhythmic and speedy with hip-hop. There are some very talented singers in Northern Europe that us Americans know nothing about because we don’t understand Danish or Dutch, nor will those underground, local singers be promoted in the American corporate music industry because they aren’t singing in English.

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singing hard

living room photo

Copenhagen has a KILLER outdoor venue, located in an autonomous region of Copenhagen called CHRISTIANA, an ex-military area from the 1970s that was squatted by artists and turned into a ruffian free-zone area where marijuana and hash is traded freely in open kiosks on the street. CHRISTIANA is a lawless area which has become a center for the arts and music and a sort of legal drug-trade area in a country where drug trade is illegal, and this is the place where the hardcore hip-hop acts perform in Copenhagen. An authenticity is always brought to art when it is underground, dirty, raw, and on par with the ruffians and the dregs. Every reggae musician outside Jamaica wants to play in Jamaica, but they will probably just get shot down in Kingston because to Jamaicans their music is their life, and their lives were oppressed, so don’t ruin their life with shitty reggae please. BUT THEY RESPECT ELLIPHANT. Who knows, maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch ELLIPHANT throw it down at CHRISTIANA in Copenhagen, Denmark. I am thankful she is in America and singing in English and giving us a window into where music is going in Northern Europe.

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It is no wonder that her talent is already noticed with love from the islanders. Those people know good music when they hear it, because ITS THE WAY IT MAKES YOU MOVE.

Watch how she dances with the locals down on the island:

http://www.elliphantmusic.com/news/behind-the-scenes-with-elliphant/

ELLIPHANT brings out the dance-protest in you, and pulsates the audience with a violent, anthemic, rebellious vocal in “REVOLUSION”. It makes you want to DANCE-RIOT.

WATCH music video “REVOLUSION”:

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friends backstage

hands up

Elliphant is signed with Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint Kemosabe, releasing her new track “MUSIC IS LIFE” which you will hear on the radio now.
Watch music video “MUSIC IS LIFE”:

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stairs

bardot outside

Im a music-lover, and it is rare for me to find up-and-coming acts in small venues that are throwing it down hard, walking on the edge of super-stardom with addicting energy that gets you slammed with musical excitement – it’s all about luck and timing to witness a killer show in a tiny venue and know that it was a special night that will be lost in time but forever remembered. Years ago, I walked into a small club on Sunset blvd, the Roxy, and witnessed a very young, long-haired Kings of Leon throw it down with raw, exciting energy while heavily smoking and proving themselves to be the shit – the timing of that show made it one of the best shows of my life as they had a buzzing energy, firing off on all cylinders; the next time I saw the Kings of Leon, I knew I would never see them the same after their performance in a much bigger venue, The Hollywood Bowl. I will probably never see them in a venue as small as the Roxy ever again, and now I witnessed Elliphant at Bardot, a small club in Hollywood.  I am hoping she doesn’t blow up the charts too fast so I can gain access into a small club and see her throw it down hard again.

crowd two

players rights

Next time I see her rock a crowd, it will most likely be a much larger venue, so catch her now if you can, cause she is an ELLIPHANT IN THE ROOM, and she probably needs more room cause she stomps all over the place in your face. I knew the live band that followed her set, DWNTOWN, had a very tough act to follow as ELLIPHANT took us all to SKOOL at Bardot on School Night.

bardot water

Mondays at Bardot:

http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/

DWNTOWN played to a much emptier room, but ELLIPHANT was a tough act to follow.

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blonde singer

DWNTOWN came with a full live-band with a great vibe, beautiful singer, good music, and apparently with a music buzz, but Elliphant’s show was on a whole other level, making it an extremely hard act to follow because her beats are so heavy, melodic, and she spits out on the mic honest and hard while shaking her hips. Any shift to another musical energy could clear out some of the room which happened – the audience already got their heads kicked off for the night – fucking raw, sexual attitude, and honest entertainment.

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drinking beer

Elliphant spoke to the crowd on the mic and shared with everyone with her thoughts between some songs, connecting, and then throwing it down to her next hit single. She brought it to the table with dirty, sexual vibes as she sang “BOOTY KILLAH”. She then lead into an anthemic, rebellious “REVOLUSION” that makes you want to dance-riot. Maybe that’s why when she finished her set, the crowd surrounded her with a demanding applause for a proper encore. We all wanted more. I guess we are needing a fresh taste of what raw, female singers should sound like and what hot shows should be like, and HOW YOU MAKE ME WANT TO FEEL LIKE – yep, ELLIPHANT is the BOOTY KILLAH.

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My band, PUNAMI http://www.punami.com, echoes the influences of my love for reggae. What I have learned from my elder, reggae mentors is that if you are a musician heavily influenced by that genre, you need to be your own, intelligent, natural-self, and Elliphant is more then just that, she is completely unique and just makes ya WANT TO MOVE.

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ELLIPHANT would make reggaeton legend, NANDO BOOM proud. NANDO, a reggaeton and “reggae en Espanol” singer from Panama is known as a super-legend that brought grinding dance moves that changed the way people danced. I grew up in the Republic of Panama, where I started drinking and dancing downtown Panama as a white, 15 year-old teenager in dark, smoky Panamanian clubs where sweaty grinding to reggaeton was just Panamanian culture. I love that SHIT. The only thing we danced to was reggaeton – which moved the entire club into a sexual surge on the dance floor, everyone holding their partners body to body, grinding eachother so close that an American would think we were SCREWING ON THE DANCE FLOOR, but it was just reggaeton DANCING-LOVE.

dancing crowd

Reggaeton is very sexual – you can always feel a woman’s sexual language when you move to this style of music as hips connect on the belt and you move with eachother in sexual rhythm. Men and women can feel eachother and know if he or she is a good lover by the way they connect on the reggaeton dance-floor, knowing if it will be good sex or bad in bed is known by how you move and dance and what energy you bring to the floor. I miss living in Panama and dancing in reggaeton clubs where everyone is on a heavy vibe together getting dirty but just good fun times. In the United States i feel disconnected from the crowd and a disconnection with the crowd from the band. It is not like where I am from in Panama, or like Jamaica, where THE AUDIENCE IS JUST AS MUCH A PART OF THE MUSIC AS THE MUSIC IS A PART OF THE BAND.

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crowd one

That is reggae at it’s best – the LIVE SHOW with the AUDIENCE feeling it.  The venue is where it all happens with this type of music. I have been missing this energy in the United States, and the people in the club THAT REALLY KNOW HOW TO HAVE A FUCKING GOOD TIME. People can be SO FUCKING BORING on the dance floor.  Maybe ELLIPHANT is here to SHOW AMERICANS HOW TO DANCE in sexual style and how to have A GOOD TIME. Yes, I consider myself AMERICAN as well, but that doesn’t mean I dance like one. Probably because I grew up sweating to HOT DANCE-music while going through puberty. I have to thank my love for the dance movement to legendary Panamanians like NANDO BOOM for songs like “FIESTA” and El GENERAL for songs like “MUEVELO”.

Listen to NANDO BOOM song “FIESTA”:

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throw it down

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Listen to EL GENERAL song “MUEVELO”:

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ELLIPHANT has the energy, the moves, and feel and she will sex you down to beats on the floor with lawless, provocative MUSIk. CHECK HER OUT.

http://www.elliphant.com

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Check out her music video “COULD IT BE”:

LAST BUT NOT LEAST. There is nothing like finishing off a good night in Hollywood by getting some IN and OUT.  WHAT DOES THAT SOUND LIKE?  It’s burgers bitch, damn right it’s IN-N-OUT.

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THE END

cOwBOys and iNdiANs in OjAi 2014

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The 4th Annual Cowboys and Indians festival was a special one due to the combination of a blazing fire on a starry night, tasty foods, good weather, good spirits, ice cold beer, and great music.

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teepee arielle

 

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fire group

indian style

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This classic event is hosted by Emmanuelle, and her two daughters, Sacha and Arielle – their French taste and classic, easy-going nature is the main reason why this event is so unique. Cowboys and Indians is set on a ranch with old, classic wagons parked around the property.

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I wandered the ranch enjoying the horses, goats, chickens, and dogs.

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Showing up early allowed me to hang out with Patrick while he cooked up a curry lamb stew with spices from his homeland, South Africa, which brought an aroma of officialdom to the tribal area.

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cooking 1

curry

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We cracked open a few beers and watched Emmanuelle, Sacha, and Arielle work hard setting up the festival and creating a comfortable vibe with rugs and pillows around the fireplace and cooking areas.

sacha moving

wagon fire

supplies

curry lamb

Real cowboy-Brad cooked cream cheese stuffed peppers wrapped with bacon and some other tasty meals as well.

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barbecue barbecue 1

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sacha cooking

This year we had some musical performances on the new stage that was built from an old seed cleaner left on the ranch.  DJ Sacha decorated the stage, set up the music equipment, and kept the fresh dance-beats moving our tribal council into dancing spiritual waves.

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greetings

arielle smoking

fire

walking wagon tent

blazing fire 3

indian stage

guitar performer

bar tree hangout

Cowboys and Indians swarmed around the fire in their hottest tribal attire and then got cozy and bundled around Arielle’s red-feathered coat.

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group night

Doctor Monte was all cowboyed up in good spirits.

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stage

More vaqueros and indians drifted into the party after the sun went down. New tribal members joined as we passed the peace-pipe and released our wild spirits into the clear night while the hungry coyotes howled in the distance.

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bar tree hangout  blazing fire 2

sacha fire

Sunrise came and some of us got a few hours of shut-eye, Emmanuelle was back in her work gear and cooking a big breakfast for the tribe with fresh eggs from her chicken coop.

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sacha breakfast

Sarah and Olivia, the inseparable sisters, were constantly in good spirits.

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All of us made new friends.

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setting up teepee

Emmanuelle was constantly the extraordinary host and tribal leader, directing all the indians and cowboys to do their part in keeping this tribal party alive.  When I first arrive to the festival she quickly managed her crew to put up a massive Indian tee-pee.

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teepee set up

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director teepee

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teepee setup

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teepee set 3

All cowboys and Indians camped out in the tribal area, and of course Sacha has the coolest tent set-up of us all.

sachas tent

However, Milla, was a top contender on the coolest Indian Tee-Pee.

girl teepee

hanging dog

tent kids

A special thank you to all festival participants this year.  To all my fellow Indians, thank you for a positive, tribal vibe and good relations with those dirty vaqueros.

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Thank you for all the great cowboy action on the shooting range!

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swedish gun

shooting guns

laughing guns

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raccoon gun

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A special thanks to the hardest working host in the world, Emmanuelle!  Thank you for a wonderful festival this year, I can hardly believe how you make this festival better every year.

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wagon

kids fire

Some of us had a rough time waking up.  Okay, where is my coffee?

poodle morning

sleeping outside sleeping morning

*A special note to all Cowboys and Indians: Thank you for having a safe festival this year and recognizing the importance of fire-safety. A few ponchos got very close to the hot, blazing fire and we are lucky that there were no Indian burns this year! I hope to see all you native, Angeleno Indians and cowpunching cattleman next year.

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bar tree hangout  3 sisters

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bar tree hangout  3 sisters

hangout rug indian

brad

blazing fire 2

teepees

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horses 1 hanging out

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bar tree hangout

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cowboys cool coat cool coat 2 cooking brad

hanging rug 3

patrick indian

Rice redondo girls

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arriele

hanging rugs

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poodle

sacha working

poodle arielle

guitar group rugs

drinks dog in car

old wagons  monte

teepee

charlie wagons

redondo girls

arielle tree

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hanging out

arrielle

sisters

at the bar

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THE END

 

 

 

“Americana” Long Beach Folk Revival by RIOTstage, the Lot at Madhaus, downtown Long Beach

americana brochure

If you are a music lover, an art connoisseur, or just looking for a good party, then you would have had a blast at this epic event “Americana” which took place in downtown Long Beach on Friday 4/25 and Saturday 4/26. Americana was a two-part show that brings together some Long Beach musical All-Stars with jams and spoken-word theatrics, commencing in a beautifully decorated lot and outdoor venue, and ending inside an industrial space art-gallery designed by a talented curator.

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pana space cool space final

Americana took place at the Madhaus, 624 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach. Saturday, 4/26, was the last night to catch this rare, special event that brings local artists and musicians together in a collaborative, experimental fashion, and holds true to an artistic, Americana themed night of energetic live-music and live painting. this is my rifle 2

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crumb on piano

The Americana theme gave justice to songs like California by Joni Mitchell, California by Rufus Wainwright, America by Prince, and contemporary songs like Lua by Bright Eyes. Watching this event is really like getting a fresh taste of some excelling local, Long Beach musicians and artists and a good feel of how powerful, connected ensemble groups can wonderfully perform together music they love.

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rain crowd

Joshua Fischel http://www.reverbnation.com/joshuafischel spearheads the creative effort as artistic director, assisted by Jonelle Holden, Sachiko Janek; and a number of other creative talents came together to orchestrate this event.

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singers

dancing

The Ensemble is a collection of talented musicians that have their own bands and projects, but they often collaborate, and this collaboration brings a powerful, theatric sound, connecting to the roots of the Americana theme.

stand up bass

backstage

ukulele

Neil Young’s Harvest Moon was eloquently played, softly providing a pleasant mood and foreground to the abstract artwork of this industrial space in downtown Long Beach. The amount of talent amongst the singers and musicians was really impressive, and this crew really loves to explore the theatrics of performance art as well.

elizabeth acting

Elizabeth ground

This family of musicians work on various projects individually and are in music groups of their own, some in various different projects together through the years, some from the children’s super music group Jelly of the Month club http://jellyofthemonthclubband.com that sells out the House of Blues in Hollywood. The musicality and comical melodies of Jelly of the Month Club and their last well-produced album energizes all music lovers of every age.

justin bass

fash shot

The very talented Mr. Crumb http://www.reverbnation.com/mrcrumb was present in his usual-self, performing various instruments in random locations throughout the night,  displaying his own playful musical romance of him just hanging out and doing what he does best, swooning instruments.

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Crumb piano

clarinet

Joshua Fischel is a passionate, powerful singer and musician, leading several wonderful performances in the show with his commanding yet gentle singing voice.

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crazy stuff

I was excited to see some of my favorite, local female-singers, Cassandra Ward and Elizabeth Messick, both contributing their own amazing singing performances that were quite lovely as their voices are so unique and delightful.

cassandra

elizabeth solo

Seasoned Los Angeles local, Justin Iannelli, was kicking it on bass and bringing his usual positive vibes – Justin plays bass with a several acts including Jelly of the Month Club, Kat http://www.reverbnation.com/itskatsmusic, Mister Crumb, and Punami http://www.punami.com.

justin kid pic

jbird girl

Art was also on the menu for the evening as the entire space was set up as a gallery showing. The art curator also worked as an artist during the after party. She circled three canvases with two other female artists/painters, providing live-art and painting, experimenting with collaborative painting on three separate wood-canvases.

jaime hotjaime at it

painting collab

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paintings jaime

These paintings were a hit in the after party, as their paintings quickly came to life over drinks.

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jaime painting

Their artistic talent was just as colorful and quick to excite as the music. I could not believe how fast these artist created their artworks that night. Levi Gadson whipped up his live painting before I could blink my eyes.

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finished paint job

And there were other featured talents with exhibits and constructed wall, art pieces – such as Erin M. Stone http://www.erin-stone.com

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elizabeth boyfriend

The doors opened at 6 pm and the drinks started flowing, the performance started at 8 pm sharp which was nonstop with rocking energy, and then to top it off there was an art gallery/after party till 1 am. What a killer party!

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hang out

security

party bra

josh laughing

grant 2

Elizabeth

crumb shadow 2

girls kissing

gypsy jazz

painter woman

fridge

painting horse

red beard

front entrance

americana

THE END

 

Symbiosis Gathering 2013

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sign one

sunset crowd

hippie girl

headstand ufo

I drive away from Symbiosis Gathering at the Woodward Reservoir in California, enchanted by the warm and wonderful connections I made.  I ventured here alone, not quite sure what to expect, but I did hope for something wonderful and unexpected. After I pitched my tent along the water, an endless adventure of yoga, meditation, dance, and artwork ensued.

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sunset venue

yoga pose

long walk

fire heart

Symbiosis is defined as an interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both; a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.  There isn’t a better definition that encompasses my magical experience that this event was able to create in such a short amount of time, simply because this festival is a gathering of people that have a similar interest of loving life, our planet, music, creativity, and the sustainability of everything in hopes to create happiness that is shared with one another by embracing our Mother Earth.

flute man

skateboard kid

april umbrella

redhead dred

The hypocrisy of these major events is a relevant topic because the earthly-principled standards of what these festivals dictate do not always jive with the generation of trash and consumerism that they digest.  However, this festival does provide a temporary environment for the “civilized” to live outside the normal commerce of civilized life.  One can feel that our society is uncivilized when you examine the big picture of mass-consumerism which feeds our addicted, gluttonous economy while bleeding our generous planet of her beautiful resources and polluting her in the process.  Freegans and their “anti-consumerist” ideologies proudly showed up at Symbiosis, digging for tasty vegan meals out of the trash.  Mother Earth loves Freegans.

freegan checks

freegan eating

freegans copy

hippies

At Symbiosis you can easily get involved in a deep discussion about understanding how sustainable beliefs and behaviors are in conflict, and that is why events like these are important and relevant even though there are many hurdles to overcome until ideals equate with real actions by the majority.  You can find eco-friendly, intelligent earth-lovers that are eager to converse about change.

chundra hands

black power

cute girl one

hanging out

The social conscious of the youth may be advancing towards understanding the consequences of consumption and how each individual has an unseeingly, substantial contribution to the cumulative effect of every problem and solution – if only we could come together and act on our unified understanding of this we could create no waste or at least manage it more efficiently to renew energy and sustain resources.  Festivals like Symbiosis and Burning Man are trying to make a difference, but at times there purpose is lost in the shuffle of a seemingly endless party.  Maybe there were answers found at the many available discussion groups and seminars at Symbiosis, if not, at least they tried and had a good time doing it.

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crowd five

sunset colors

festival peeps

If you have a conversation with a festival waste-management employee, then you will see the disgusting problem that exists at most festivals from Bonarroo to Coachella to Burning Man.  It takes weeks on end for Bonarroo to clean up abandoned camp-sites and overflowing trash bins, and this problem is easier for them to solve because Bonarroo owns the land, allowing them to develop compost areas on site.

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dancers

guy with tie

gongs

Unlike some festivals, Symbiosis Gathering is a festival on the move, which keeps a relatively small, dedicated following.  Fortunately, this magical gathering is still a relatively small festival, and the movement helps keep the network of peaceful, music-yoga-lovers and vegans re-uniting in a mellow setting without too much disturbance from a local community; small towns embrace this festival as it temporarily brings in a good amount of business and exposure to remote areas.

festival crowd 2

guys on tower two

scary people

tattoo folks

The energy was very pure for me at Symbiosis because it wasn’t overblown with 50,000 guests, and people were accessible as you could run into a new friend, time and time again, actually bringing people together for the full event instead of just one magical moment lost in time.  You will find “Burners” at Symbiosis Gathering most likely going through Burning Man de-tox, reminiscing about the crazy and beautiful artwork at Burning Man this year.

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teepees

crowd distnace three

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The relaxing atmosphere at Symbiois Gathering was enhanced by the meditation and yoga centers which I truly needed; i was wonderfully seduced into more then one venue by harmonium chants that would lay me down to downward dog and long yoga sessions – one of the main reasons I felt comfortably alone.

yoga inside

downward dog

meditation

cool spot

Water is one of the most undervalued commodities on this planet and it is one of the most important draws for me to come to Symbiosis Gathering.  At Burning Man I find myself in swirling dust storms and I cannot dip into fresh water and swim from venue to venue, listening to music as I backstroke in the fresh water, and then dance next to uninhibited people after a long swim, pulsating my wet body to fresh rhythms with clean mud swirling between my toes.

water party

balance act

camp water

water dancer

This water-haven festival could be my temporary heaven on earth and this is why Symbiosis is so special to me as it will always be held on a waterfront area, allowing festival guests to naturally cleanse themselves in the buff and lay themselves on the grassy waterfront.  Although skinny-dipping is not allowed, it is still widely done with no bother.  I admit that I was naked in the water as well.  Why not?  Why should we be afraid to show our naked bodies when it is us in the most pure form.  Power to the naked.

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nudes two

naked hands

house car

I would begin my long swims just beyond where my tent was pitched along the waterfront. I swam around the festival entrance where security checks wristbands, feeling like a water-ninja, although I was swimming with an expensive wrist-band. It was a very lovely, long swim; I just put my head down, flopping my arms in the cool water until I reached the first venue area, The Cove, with the wolf statue nearby that was brought from Burning Man.  I got out, danced in the crowd, and warmed my body in the warm sun to sweet grooves.

lake camping

bus distance

white guy

upside down

bike rig

The hill on the Cove proved to be a large gathering place and there was non-stop dancing on the bamboo towers.  Climbing up the towers gave me an amazing bird’s eye view of the craziness.

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long hair

blanket

hanging peeps 2

guy hanging 2

guy hanging

After I got my fill of music at The Cove, I jumped back into the fresh reservoir and began swimming my next journey to the Empire of Love. It was a routine that felt so healthy, and when combined with Yoga and amazing vegan food at the Kiosks, I was energized with a very healthy weekend that gave me a high on good health and sobriety (well almost).  Another great aspect of Symbiosis Gathering is the great selection of vendors that provided a wide selection of food, including a great selection of vegan meals and earthy desserts to die for.

afro guy

food kiosks

food guy

good eats

I came to Symbiosis on a journey by myself not sure what I was looking for, but somehow it found me, immediate connections with positive people that were open to communicating.  Some would immediately greet me with a hug when meeting for the first time – a wonderful, warm first reception that Americans normally aren’t use to.  Most European cultures greet with a kiss, or two or three, on the cheek – much better then a handshake, well, at least for me!

kiss cheek two

two chicks

chicks and guy

smiling girl

umbrella sundancer

artist chick three

artist chick

Another great aspect of Symbiosis was the commerce that was allowed by artists.  Artists were selling their artwork, goods, clothing, and creative wares.

selling rings

rings

girl look

store one

feather mohawk

red hat girl

store people

I also noticed at Symbiosis that there were musicians that would wander around with their instruments, hoping to meet another wandering, soulful musician with notes to share.   I witnessed this violin and trumpet player jamming not too far from the heavy beats of the Pantheon, feeding their impromptu jam-session.

violin trumpet

hippies hanging 2  hippie musicians

guitar player

ukulele

I was ecstatic to see the band, Ecstatic Union, wandering barefoot past the food kiosks while jamming their songs, with their posse singing along.  Their girlfriends were handing out free copies of their latest Album titled Sundog while they walked along the field singing their songs. http://www.ecstaticunionmusic.com

hippie group

hippie group 2

The most welcoming group I met was the Hare Krishnas, and one in particular, Chandra, was so completely magnetic with positive energy; I was drawn into their circle of open arms and soothing chants.

chundra alive

chundra dancing

face paint two

face paint

Chandra would spend her time face-painting new friends and entertaining them with her exuberant and animated conversation that would have me smiling and laughing.  I spent a lot of time with the Krishnas, surrendering to their harmonium meditations in a relaxed state of bliss.

hari krishna

krishna guy

old lady

three eyes

purple hair

krishna

They gave me free cookies and taught me their prayers and beliefs.  I wandered away with beads and subconsciously feeling and hearing the transcendental vibration of my consciousness being revived by the love of my new Hare Krishna friends.  There chants remain inside me.  Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare…

symbols

dad bike

lady umbrella

umbrella girl

Symbisosis festival really lives up to it’s definition of interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both; a mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups – well, maybe it should be defined as an interaction of many different organisms living in close physical association.  I learned from some people that were really different then myself, but we came together vibrantly because we shared the common interest of loving the people very much that care for our planet and really live it in celebration.  The Hare Krishnas have contacted me again and I shared with them a blurp about my latest adventure, sailing away on the ocean to Alaska.  We will meet again and I will venture to Symbiosis again and again!  This love is to be continued.  Thank you Symbiosis Gathering.  No more words… just photography… here you go festival lovers…

rainbow

sunset river

pantheon

top view

lights yoga

sunset baby

crowd distance two

naked girl

guys on tower copy

man on top wide

sunset copy jedi boat

dancing umbrella

night rocking

britney

girl walking

crowds food

pantheon copy

color thing

food stands

bingo copy

hangout car

angel wings

fire dancer

canoe

crowd close four

crowd close five

feet up

hanging peeps 2

hanging peeps

bud girl

cute girls 2

sleeping man

pantheon peeps

indian dude copy

flying woman

pantheon one

one bubble

flying bubbles

map

symbols close

sunset crowd four

sunset crowd three

couple sitting

hoop group

hoop guy

hippie dude

water hangout

cool guy

commerce

china man hat

funky stage

funky triangle

laying down guy

funky kid

hula hoop guy

hoop girl

woman umbrella

pantheon car

peeps  girl laughing two

jedi girl laughing

jedi party

bike hangout

pink glasses

moped guy

indian dude april smiling

relaxing

yoga group

yoga chick

bingo

rainbow colors

girls looking

hugs

crowds

smoking

hippie smore

crowd sun3

crowds sun2

crowd sunset

trippy art

open cage

healing man

dreds

water party two

alone chick

hippie photo

hippie girl 2

wolf far

hippies 2

commerce

shopping

cool hair sunset

live music

sunset round

sunset entrance

cute girls2

hammock

bingo 2

hippies copy

pantheon side

weird styles 2

rasta headstand

paintings

red car

feather umbrella

musicians yoga

artist chick copy

prying jaws

cute girls

funny suit

lauren and friend

angel wings

band

crowd close two

fist pump

trippy art

sax player

pointing finger

baby crew

night rocking

cute girls 2

tattoo back

yoga area

hugs

indian dude

whoa

dancing house 2

dancing house

red car copy

dancing man

afro dance 2

afro dance

sign clouds

night sign

zombies

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BeLGrADE, sErBiA

paint graffiti         graffiti wall      fort doors

a la france

I flew from Warsaw to Belgrade excited to see what Serbia had to offer.  I originally wanted to take a train from Krakow, Poland to Belgrade, but the train routes were slow with many stops; it probably would have been better to take a bus, but it still would’ve been a long, slow ride.  I found a last-minute cheap-flight from Poland –  I figured I won’t be in this part of the world for a long time so I really wanted to get to Serbia to see how different it would be from my experiences in nearby countries like Hungary, Poland, and Ukraine.

Belgrade buildings

woman painting

street

NATO bombings caused substantial damage to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, during the Kosovo War in 1999.  I thought the architecture was very similar to Ukraine, with old, drab communist-era buildings.  However, I did find some old, decrepit buildings aesthetically attractive and the people were so much more friendly, warm and approachable then the Ukrainians.

old architecture

old building

courtyard

I stayed at Hotel Moscow which was in a central location with nice rooms.

Hotel moscow

hotel moscow one

A wide pedestrian walkway with shops and restaurants leads to Kalemegdan Park and the old, Belgrade fortress that is close to 1500 years old.

signs

stature garden

fortress

The Belgrade Fortress sits high above the Danube, providing a lovely view.

party boats two

fort

fort three
The Danube river runs through the city which is home to many clubs and party boats docked along the Danube.  I had a fun night dancing and admiring the beautiful patrons at some pretty wild and packed party boats.

party boats

party boats one paddle boat

There are lakeside beaches in Belgrade that have restaurants and beach clubs all along the water.

beach area

crowds beaches

volleyball

beach area one

Beach Clubs and cafes are lined up, one after one, all around the lakeside waterfront.  It seems that during the Summer this waterfront is nonstop, jammed packed with locals – especially on the weekends with parties rocking out music all night.

beach area one

beach sunset

Cable wakeboarding is popular which is wakeboarding on a pulley wire system with ramps on the water course to jump off.

wakeboarding

pulley service

wakeboard 2

wakeboard park

At night this place is alive, with clubs blasting music.  I found it interesting to hear lots of latin music, and saw some amazing Latin, Merengue, and Salsa dancing outside.  Although my stay in Belgrade was short, I had a good feeling about the people here.  I saw them leading very active lifestyles and were very easy to approach.  I wish I had more time to explore more of the outdoors and other cities in Serbia.

graffiti

belgrade bridge

clay tennis courts

beach volleyball

under bridge

brick building

beach wake

risk life

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PrAguE, CZecH REpUbLiC

prague city buildings

vineyard

jesus stature

Prague, also known as Praha, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. This lovely city, centered on the Bohemian Basin, has several, old stone-bridges over the Vltava river.

bridge boat

bridge wide

Prague has some fantastic attractions which include the Prague Castle, The Charles Bridge, the Prague Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Square, and much, much more.  The architecture varies everything from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, to the ultra modern, creating one of the most unique and beautiful cities in Europe.

bridge castle

church

castle

buildings water

old building

Wandering the streets near the Vltava river can be a bit dreamy as you pass by beautiful cathedrals, statues, and bridge towers.

water buildings

bridge

boat trips

St Charles Bridge, built between 1357 and 1378, is one of the oldest stone bridges in Central Europe.  The bridge is packed with tourists slowly walking along and admiring the scenic view, lovely statues, street vendors, artists, and live musicians.

monkey man two

st charles

band

band bridge

The public transit system here is excellent, fast, cheap and easy.  I love the design of the metro stations and they have an efficient tram system along with bus and ferry as well.

metro stop

tram

I was able to find a mellow outdoor flea market with drinks, food, and a free film-screening about building and sustainability.

movie outside

market area

I hit the jackpot on a recommendation to dine at the Imperial Hotel which is home to a very famous chef.  The Chilean Sea Bass was fantastic, the service was impeccable, the restaurant was affordable, and the décor was classic.  I couldn’t have asked for a better meal at a better cost.

imperial cafe

sea bass

There is plenty of wild night-life in Prague with a wide variety of stylized bars, clubs, and absinthe bars.

club entrance

absinthe time bar

You can even find absinthe ice cream – Yummy!

absinth

I was lucky to meet two, beautiful local girls who took me under their wing for a little dancing at one of the top night clubs, Club Roxy.  The locals were very cool and interested in California culture.

girls club

I noticed the police in Prague were much more tolerant of marijuana then other European cities – although it is not legal. I walked into one bar where a patron was rolling a spliff on the bar and everyone was very relaxed about it.

prague joint rolling

Prague is such a wonderful city and I hope to return again soon!

thai mass

city center

church night

side buildings

guy in window

bridge restaurant

monkey man

] clouds

statue

arch city

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WaRsAw OLd tOwN

warsaw three

old town Warsaw, known in Polish as Warszawa, is the capital and largest city in Poland.  This big city is located on the Vistula River which has some popular hangouts for locals, especially during the heat of Summer.  The city centre is home to many big business and institutions, creating a modern day city with tall buildings and wide avenues.  However, Warsaw has an Old Town quarter which has lovely architecture that still gives some of this city wonderful character.

warsaw four

warsaw two

I stayed in a lovely hotel right in the heart of the historic centre of Warsaw.

town memorial

guitar warsaw

hotel warsaw

But I only stayed here one night, 15 hours actually, on a long layover from a Polish Airlines flight from Krakow to Belgrade, Serbia.

polish airlines

I figured I could quickly jet-set a night through Warsaw and I did, enjoying a wild night of partying with some local girls I happened to meet in public on the Vistula River.  We walked to various parts around town and I was able to get a small taste of what this city has to offer.  I didn’t stay here long enough to document this city properly, but I was here long enough to re-enforce my fondness for the Polish.  I spent most of my time in Old Town because I’m not so much a modern soul – meanwhile I reach for my Ipad.  I’m an antique soul, I swear it!

crosswalk

hotel window

warsaw one

warsaw five

warsaw six

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LoVeLy sTaY iN ZaKoPaNE

zakpane hotel

mountain house

man trees

buildings

I was in Krakow, Poland and running out of time as I wanted to move forward with my traveling because I had few cities ahead of me in less then a week’s time.  Usually when tourists visit Krakow they take a day tour to Auschwitz Concentration Camp to learn about the horrors of the Third Reich in Polish areas and the efficient extermination of the Jews by the Nazis in World War II.  It was a tough choice not to visit the camp, but instead I drifted into a beautiful mountain town called Zakopane by word of mouth from the streets of Krakow.

house mountains

farm area

I took an easy, comfortable, cheap bus-ride for two and a half hours.

bus

bus

I figured I could go have a relaxing trip in the mountains opposed to being swamped with the depressing education of War at Auschwitz.

spray paint

Zakopane is a small, artistic mountain town that the Polish call their winter capitol as it is a prime destination for mountaineering, mountain biking, and skiing. It’s in a beautiful valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubalowka Hill near the border of Slovakia in Southern Poland.

mountains

rocks mountains

houses

This town gets lots of Polish tourism during both the Summer and the Winter and there are many shops, markets, restaurants where the family crowds slowly wander.

main boardwalk

creek

markets market

market three copy

And let me tell you, the Polish love their meat, barbecues, and formal, traditional dancing.  Needless to say, I found myself a dancing partner and enjoyed some laughs – although she spoke absolutely no English.

dancing

pork

grill

dinner

Zakopane has a waterpark with an indoor slide and a pool that connects to the outdoor pool with a nearby rest area.  I swam a few laps and had fun on the waterslide.

indoor waterpark waterpark

waterpark two

There are extensive hiking trails in the mountains and a lodge at a higher elevation so hikers can go further, deeper along the trails and come back to a nice bed.

lodge

lodge front

I met an adventurous Polish girl, Basia, and her father who were up here for a week, hiking everyday from 8 am until sunset at 9 Pm.

basia

They hike about 10 hours or more, almost nonstop, everyday with little rest to maximize covering the gorgeous terrain.  First, biking riding to hiking routes as fast as they can to access trails faster before they hike up other routes not accessed by bicycle.  They drop over the side of mountains as some trails are so high and dangerous and become inaccessible so they have to adjust routes.  We met on my way back with me riding on the horse carriage like a dumb tourist.

horse carriage

However, this was the fastest way I could get up the mountain and cover the area I wanted as I had little time as I was traveling so much – I didn’t have enough time to hike up before sundown but the serenity of the ride by myself was priceless.  My driver was drunk and would grunt at my requests to go further before sundown.

man eyes

river ride

horse ride

Basia, her father, and I made our way into town in a taxi together from the hiking endpoint and then walked on the main drag to choose a place for dinner and a beer.  They hiked all day and then ate big pork kebabs with a gigantic beer.

basia

I had some vegetables with cheese.  The live music right in front of us was wonderful.

live music

food

Basias dad and I reviewed their routes on the map.  It was a very exciting night for me to be with such amazing company.

map

They weren’t the only wonderful group I met in Zakopane; I had another night with some locals that was special as well. I had a late-night after party at my wonderful wooden home.

entryway

my hotel

ryan guitar

It was quite a lovely stay in Zakopane. You can’t help but fall in love with the rustic, wooden, creative architecture with a dreamy mountain backdrop.

house mountains

green house

cabin

forest trees

houses zakopane

field house

path to church

barn

horse carriage 2

horses

log house

sheep neighborhood

mountains

tractor man eyes two

cabin 2

little car

house trees

buildings

] architecture building flowers

house woods

cattle house

sheep 2

houses river

creek two

burning trash

mike tyson

guitar door

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KraKow iS cRaCkiN’ CLaSSiC & FaNtAstIC

old church

castle 2 boy rose girl

I can’t believe how much Poland has surprised me after already having a wonderful journey this Summer to so many different magical places around Europe.

optical illusion building

girls in frame 2

building vines

I think I shouldn’t tell you too much about how Poland took the cake and ran with it.  The Polish are kind, classic, educated, and it is affordable.  The Polish currency, złoty, is a breath of fresh air when compared to traveling and paying with the Euro.

alkohole

krakow street 2

I wish I could tell you more about my diplomatic-business friends that invited me as a musical guest and put me up in a luxurious hotel suite in front of the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow.

hotel room two

castle

ryan office copy

hotel royal

balcony

It was a very mellow setting with fine-dining, and they wanted some “Western Music” as late-night entertainment during the cigar tasting.  The Polish are very welcoming and intrigued by Californian culture – young and old.

castla wawel

hotel suite waiter

After a tour in the tunneled wine cellar at the host’s magical home, I was brought to the humidifying room for the “divine taste” gathering where I would perform during the ritual ceremony of cigar-philandering.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t bring my camera as no photos were allowed at the event and it’s prestigious guests in tuxedos, including myself.  I enjoyed many days relaxing in the hotel suite and going for long walks in old town Krakow.  At times I felt I was living in a dream and am still scratching my head over the magical opportunity here that fell out of the sky and me along with it.

hotel suite

hotel front

hotel royal stairs

hotel room one

If only this was the truth then you would not believe that I caught a fish “this big” – if you are following my adventures then you will know that the truth is always bent when light shines in your eyes and I am often blind to what opportunities have come through chasing the unknown.  So I will embellish a bit on this adventure I want to re-live, even if it was by myself.  Nevertheless, long hot baths in grand hotel rooms in foreign countries is needed after being on the move for so long.

truck hotel

hotel staircase

I was hung over after the posh event (hence long hot bath) – I blame it on the drinking with diplomats and these wild, Russian business-men who convinced me to stay at Hotel Moscow in Belgrade – that’s another upcoming story.  I had to wake up and nurse myself with my usual delightful, naughty breakfast at Alchemia – raspberry pancakes and eggs Florentine with fresh squeezed orange juice.

alchemia sign

achemia

alchemia candles

aclhemia inside

girls in frame

I spent probably too much time at this bar, but I loved the décor and it was located in the Old Jewish District at Kazimierz Square.

alchemia sign

alchemia back 3

brick building

alchemia back

alchemia back 2

Kazimierz is a classic neighborhood with stylish bars that surround the open square that often has markets during the day with food and goods.  Propaganda Bar and Havana Bar are located around the corner.

la habana

propoganda 2

propaganda bar

propoganda bar 2

propganda 4

propoganda bar

I had to drop some propaganda in Propaganda bar – some Punami music hidden here and there under old records and books.  There were some stylized bars in Krakow, including the Singer, another stylized bar in Kazimierz.  You sit and drink on sewing tables.

singer bar 3 singer singer bar one singer bar

Krakow is easy to get around by bike and find very excellent food quickly by searching online. The architecture design in the main town is magnificent which makes for peaceful, dreamy bike rides.

krakow main square horse

architecture buildings

I ate at Klimaty Poludnia restaurant a few times because it was amazing.

salad

bike restaurant

This gem was tucked in a quaint, peaceful alleyway.  I ordered the baked pear with blue cheese, rucula and walnuts a few times.  Also, a spinach and walnut quiche served with green salad and rucula.

food one

food 3

They also served Pierogi – which is a traditional Polish food, filled with Sherpa cheese, meat, buckwheat, cabbage, mushrooms, served with bacon lardoons.  Not a very vegetarian dish like most of Polish food, but there were some excellent, tasty vegetarian options.

stature

The Main Square in Old Town Krakow dates back to the 13th Century and is the largest medieval town square in Europe.  Broad streets are easy to walk on along the classic setting of the dreamy buildings.  No cars are allowed to drive in the middle of the town with the exception of residents and taxi drivers.

boy and girl

boy and rose

I have to say Krakow is amazing and Poland proved to be a gem with the cost of living relative to the quality and happiness of the people.  Life is sufficient, classic, friendly, and not overly complicated.

tin man

couple walking

the look

At least in my short stay there – although it seems young locals are ready to hit the high road out of town even though the economy is picking up.  The local currency has not been ruined by the euro and you can still find wonderful opportunities here.  The Polish are rad.  The city is getting quite a bit of tourism in the Summer, so you will see street performers, which include some quality live music.

violinists

Two local sisters, Asia and Monika Mikurda, would often stir up quite a crowd with lovely violins.   A quartet was quite wonderful as well.  Here is a link to a video of Poland with the quartet playing:

quartet

accordion

clock guy

boy insturme

ice cream store

red flowers

church

krakow street

castle one

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ViENNa VibRaTiONs

mozart stature

girls

beer garden two  floating pool

I didn’t stay in Vienna long enough to have a deep experience with the culture nor did I take enough photographs on my long bike ride through the city and along the Danube, but I do have a lot of great information here to share about this fantastic capital city in Austria.

danube two

walkway

I stayed at a laid-back hostel called Ruthensteiner, which has a great outdoor courtyard, bar, and lots of musical instruments available for use inside, including a beautiful piano.  The staff was very helpful and friendly, and I enjoyed talking with a beautiful and intelligent girl from Milan who works there.  She told stories of her travels and advised me to go for a long bike ride along the Danube.  She made me feel very welcome at the hostel and I enjoyed chatting with her in the mornings.

girl posing

Vienna has a very happy, calm, intelligent vibe, and is not much of a wild, party-city in comparison to other wild, European cities, although you can find it here and there are some very cool hangout spots to check out.   The city is very clean, organized, and the people were very educated and kind.  I rented a bike from my hostel and rode along the Danube as recommended.  After my long bike ride along the river, I intentionally got lost riding my bike in the city and randomly came across some cool restaurants and bars along the Danube Canal that provide an awesome area to relax during the heat of the day and warm nights of summer.

danube one

Strandbar Hermann at the Urania is a sandy beach area in front of the canal where the crowds come in to enjoy the relaxing chairs, hammocks, food, and music.

beach arda

beer garden

beach area close

The sandy beach was jam-packed; and just a five-minute walk away on the canal, you can take a dip in a floating pool-boat at Badeschiff.

canal pool

vienna

pool close

This floating pool is about 30 meters long and is open until 10 pm.  This is the best way to go swimming in the heart of Vienna, and it is so cool to be swimming on a floating boat in the Danube Canal.  There is a nice restaurant and bar connected to the pool on a second level, providing a good view and a cooler breeze.

wien number one

scwhimmen two

schwimmen

I met a group of locals at a common table at the restaurant in front of Badeschiff.

outdoor cafe

They recommended me to go to Volksgarten Pavillon – as it was Thursday night and there was an event going on there at Volksgarten which is located in the Museums Quarter.

volksgarten

I was warned not to show up after 9pm because of the long lines, but I did anyway and had to wait for almost an hour to get inside this wonderful outdoor venue loaded with stylish locals ready to mingle.  Volksgarten was alive with great music and beautiful hangout spots outside along the garden areas.  I definitely recommend events at this place if you want a great place at night to meet people and have drinks.

graffiti

danube three

danube four

Again, my stay in Vienna was way to short to have a full experience here as I missed out on so much this city has to offer. There are so many great museums to go to and a ton of great exhibitions always ongoing – and of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart settled here and composed some of his best-known symphonies in Vienna; so you can also visit his house, The Mozarthaus, and learn a lot about this amazing composer in Vienna.

mozart two

danube canal

graffiti

Next time I will have to check out more of what this laid-back, classic city has to offer. I was given lots of recommendations that I will pass on.  Here they are:

Check out the Naschmarkt especially on the weekends as it has lots of stalls, food, wine stalls, cafes, restaurants, and sometimes live music. A favorite bar of a friend there is Bar di Mar which is an excellent seafood spot. Naschmarkt is about 1.5 kilometers long.

If you take the Ring Road – or Ringstrasse (a circular road surrounding the Innere Stadt district of Vienna), you can get on and off here at lots of the main sites. You can get a pass at one of the stands – better to get the 5-day pass if you plan on staying long and it is good for metro and trolley.

Figlmueller is where to go to have the biggest schnitzel in the city with some schnapps of course. The Vienna Plater is a huge park with a huge ferris-wheel. This is a great place to just hang out and I have been told there are some strange clubs around there too.

There are also lots of great trails in and around Vienna to explore including the nearby vineyards. This is a very nice bike-ride and will get you out of the city and into a bit of nature.

If you are feeling adventurous you can bike about 2.5 hours to (or take a bus) to Neusiedl am See – Lake near Vienna and wine region. This is a very nice place to stay overnight or camp. My friend’s favorite restaurant there is Mole West, which is a chill spot with very good food, great parties, and live music. Check out the upcoming events. www.mole-west.at/en/

Other notable places to check out are Flex Café, Adria Wien, Tel Aviv Beach, Vienna Schützenhaus, Summer Stage, and beach club Sand in the City on Heumarkt.

vienna bitches

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