I've been doing a lot of traveling and am excited to be expanding to Europe on a more frequent basis. I'll be doing a lot of photography and have a particular interest in eastern Europe and its history. I'll still work in the USA but my schedule will be more limited in the future as I will be traveling back and forth. This will be an interesting year.
Had a great time doing a shoot in this amazing location. This is the 16th century Monasterio de Santa Catalina known for its red and blue walls and for it's colonial Spanish architecture. We spent an afternoon taking photos and exploring this massive complex. There's so much interesting history here as it was one of the original structures built hundreds of years ago. Also, the walls are made from white volcanic rock. That part was fascinating, I've never seen white volcanic rock before. In many rooms and buildings they had painted the walls and ceiling various colors. Beautiful place!
That was a long series of flights! I took off from Washington Dulles around 10am and flew directly to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. This was a 12 hour flight. Addis Ababa is on the eastern side of Africa, and the first thing I noticed in the airport airport was the number of Chinese tourists. About half of the people there were African, then maybe 35% were Chinese, with some Indian, European, and Americans as the rest. Interesting! So after about a 2 hour layover, I had to fly back to the western side of Africa to Abuja, Nigeria on a 4.5 hour flight. My body was so confused after all the back and forth, I didn’t even know what time or day it was when I arrived at Abuja because I had been through so many timezones! Here is a photo arriving into Ethiopia :) Isn't the engine cool? On the tarmac in Ethiopia. Loved walking out and getting
It was a lovely spring day in Belgrade. I found Belgrade to be so quiet, calm, and peaceful. And very clean and beautiful. Also had all these intriguing soviet vestiges. One thing I did notice here though were all the refugees sleeping in parks. When I first got off the train and was walking trying to find the hostel, I was walking through a park and noticed all these blankets strewn about everywhere. On a second look, I realized that people were sleeping in them. I wasn't expecting it so I was a little surprised but it took a second to see that these folks were all refugees and I almost felt a little rude walking through the park as I didn't want to disturb them. Below is a photo of one of the parks. Near the station there were a few parks and the other ones were even more full. When the hostel told me there wasn't any room
Sofia was a nice, peaceful place. Very Soviet and a lot of eastern orthodox elements there. Compared to Istanbul, Sofia seemed nearly deserted as the population of Istanbul rivals places like Delhi, India or some big cities in China. Lots of people there, so Sofia was very laid back, chill and relaxed. It was a breath of fresh air :) I took an overnight train/bus from Istanbul (bus to the Bulgarian border then train to Sofia) and I didn't get much sleep at all because I was talking with the other passengers. We had some really interesting guys from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, a guy from Romania, and some others. It was just us and at like 2am we were all sitting in one train car right after we crossed the border. The lights were on and the train wasn't moving. Maybe the conductor was still sleeping or something because we had just gone through the checkpoint, climbed on the train