I have shared my love for Istanbul many times (well, twice) before. Today I found out that later this year I will be lucky enough to visit it for the second time. Although this visit is for academic reasons and no Istanbul trip will ever be as special as Elcin’s wedding, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity of visiting such a fascinating city again. These photos were taken with lomography redscale film.
I really didn’t expect these photos to come up when I went to collect a couple of rolls earlier today. They’re from a solitary trip to Gijón for my first ever conference last year. Although it doesn’t look like it, they were taken in June, and I brought home a cold that lasted the first weeks of the summer. The north coast of Spain is definitely worth a visit if you’re into good food and pretty green landscapes.
When I went to Istanbul last year to have one of the best times of my life, one of the things that shocked me the most about that wonderful city is how different each area looks. Istanbul doesn’t look like a city, but like a dozen cities thrown together. I really hope I can go back soon.
When you have lived somewhere for a long time you often forget that there are beautiful spots right around the corner. Monasterio de Piedra, a beautiful natural park full of waterfalls, is a great stop if you’re driving from Madrid to Zaragoza or Barcelona. These photos were taken a year ago, but hopefully I’ll be visiting again next weekend, it’s my reward if I manage to finish a paper before then.
Last year I travelled to Istanbul for my friend Elcin’s wedding, the first crew wedding. Although more than seven years have passed since we lived in Munich, I’m still close to my Erasmus friends but, living in five different countries, we don’t get to hang out as much as we’d like to (which would be all the time), and when we do it’s usually in twos or threes. During this trip to Istanbul, we kept repeating “oh my God, this is the best day of my life!” And although I suppose we would have had an amazing holiday in Hull too, the fact that that Istanbul is a totally fascinating city that feels like a million different cities in one totally helped. I can’t wait to go back.
Joot Books, Just Out Of Time (Amsterdam)
Hartenstraat 15 1016 BZ
12 Otago Lane
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G12 8PB
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Voltaire & Rousseau is everything that a great second-hand bookshop should be. Silent, dishevelled and rammed to the rafters with great books. It has been quietly sitting in Otago Lane for over 30 years, becoming a mecca for Glasgow’s students and intellectuals. It’s not a big place but every inch is chock full of something. What I love most about it is that there’s no real sense of hierarchy. It gives the impression that no book is too unfashionable, too old or too shabby. New books mingle with old. Hardbacks and paperbacks come together, pamphlets are fair game. If the spine is broken or the dust jacket’s ripped that’s fine, no one stands on ceremony here. It feels like more a tribute to the printed word than a business.
The bookstore looks like nothing special to the regular onlooker, but to a lover of books, it looks like a haven. To a visitor with no love for literacy, it looks like an overwhelming messy pile. To a lover of reading, it looks like an opportunity, an escape, a fantasy, and new found relationships with characters and authors. After browsing the bookshelves, I felt like I was home, and my visit ended too quick.