Going backYesterday in Bosnia and Herzegovina
I didn't sit properly in a chair lift this morning, so I had to hold my board outside the lift with both hands. The valley was foggy, but higher we climbed, clearer the sky became. At the very top the sun rays bursted through snow-covered pine branches fighting with fog on their way to eyes of the lucky few sitting at that point in time in that chair lift, a surreal image.
But, my hands were busy, couldn't take my one out in time. Sadness in my eyes and a determination to take the same lift as soon as I descend.
Some half an hour later the chair approached the place, but magic was gone. Fog retreated and sun rays could not be seen. The image you see here is a tribute to that image, taken after the magic was gone.Read more
We had to check out the slopes and ride them once ❄️🏂
The medieval fortress (or, as my phone suggests, an alternative spelling 🏰) in Deva is mentioned in 1269, but a more interesting fact is that it's built on top of a volcano.
On another image is notoriously famous style of residential housing, which finds inspiration in volcanic eruptions, after which all the debris is collected and glued to a house facade (just kidding). Even baroque looks Spartan compared to the amount of decorations on these and similar houses.
And just like that I breezed through Deva and went on to see what lies behind the city.Read more
I try using solar power as much as I can, but unfortunately 28W solar panel is not enough to feed 70.000 mAh batteries that I have with me 😅
I might need visiting that power plant in the background.
Crossing the power plant perimeter is also a unique experience. You cannot shake off the feeling that you're at a place where you shouldn't be, even though there are no checkpoints, guards and cameras. Only dogs. Of which this one had no shame of choosing means of transportation.Read more
I'm listening to this piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzTQ9fjforY when this scene appears before my eyes #acrossRomania. My moment of Zen.
Grandma on a quad passed me by and I felt sorry for not being faster to snap a photo of hers. But my mind went back to trying to feed a shy dog. She was afraid to come closer. I thought I'll split my meat with her and take a risk by leaving it on the side of the road. I was happy to see her found it once I cycled 50 meters away. Then, as a karmic reward, the aforementioned granny came back on her quad. And I was ready.
This is how I imagine eastern Russia in summer. Fields, mountains in the distance and grannies on quads. Add perhaps a rifle strapped across their back and a hammer and sickle tattoo on their forearms 😁Read more
When I saw that there's a wooden church just 1km off my track I couldn't resist. The little wooden church of St. Dimitri, built in 1663 is hidden behind train tracks, accessible only on foot.
The graveyard around the little church is rather new. It's dominated by a family tombstone, that's the size of a small house #acrossRomania, much like the ones found in Cemitério dos Prazeres (Pleasures Cemetery) in Lisbon.
I couldn't peek inside but what little I could see through the window.
This is engraved above the entrance. To the best of my knowledge, this is the Romanian Cyrillic alphabet that was used #acrossRomania before 1860s. Later they transitioned to Latin alphabet. The entrance is lowered, so you have to bow, symbolically bowing in front of god as well.
It's great to see from carpentry point of view, how they brought the side planks/walls togetherRead more