In life, no matter how busy you are, there should always be space for art. I dont mean just time to admire others' masterpieces, but also to create your own, and hence to become a part of art yourself. Playing a musical instrument, dancing, painting, stitching ... whatever makes your soul the happiest. ☀️ I've always felt the most connected to two types of arts: dancing and writing. Both, in a way, enable me to do the same thing: share the stories that live in my head, yet allow others to recreate those stories in their own imagination, through the prism of their own experiences. 🤸♀️ "Life" took over and at some point I abandoned them both, pushing into the corner with the "lowest priority " label. While I was able to start writing (fiction) stories again, dance still couldn't find its way back to my life in any form. With admiration, I watch my favourite dancers like @dancerukmini, and every time a tiny but insistent feeling of guilt stings me - a type of guilt, when you know that you betrayed someone, but you are the only person who knows it.
Does creation of art have time and place in your life?
The Santa Catalina Monastery turned out to the highlight of my time in Arequipa -its absolutely fascinating!
The Convent - built in 1579 - was essentially it's own walled-in city where the nuns who entered (and not by choice) were never allowed to leave as the rest of their lives were devoted to serving the lord within the confines of these walls.
According to tradition, the second daughter born to upper class Spanish families were expected to adopt a life of service to the church. On the guided tour, they will show you where the women slept, ate and prayed. You'll also get a glimpse of where the women were allowed to visit with family members through a partition (as if imprisoned) as well as a look at the devices the women were encouraged to use for self-flagellation (including a scary barbed wire garter torture device). At it's peak, the convent housed 450 people (nuns & servants). This tour is a fascinating peak into their lives.
While most visitors to Peru automatically add Machu Picchu to their planner, a little more research will throw up Sacred Valley of the Incas – also known as the Urubamba Valley – as an obligatory stop along the way. Its roadside stepped Inca terraces, numerous valleys and rivers, small villages and notable Inca ruins provide the perfect lead-up to the grand finale of Machu Picchu, around three hours' train journey away via the hotel's own private railway station. This "hunting lodge"-style hotel, set in extensive grounds beside the Urubamba River, is about 10 minutes' walk from town.
The Andes form the backdrop, while the hotel's carefully selected plantings of eucalypts, wattle, native grasses and other hardy species give the setting a distinctly bush feel. Inside, lashings of stone and timber and soaring glass windows ensure the landscape always stays the hero. Everything is oversized, from triple-height ceilings, to the massive stone fireplaces in the central lounge/reception area and Hawa restaurant, gargantuan doorways, enormous urns and wall hangings, not to mention the towering wooden pillars that appear like tree trunks throughout the public areas. The Land of the Giants comes to mind. The hotel is the work of Peruvian-born, Miami-based architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia, of Arquitectonica; the firm's website reveals a staggering portfolio of commercial projects worldwide. The interiors, by Argentine firm Caparra Entelman, feature local artworks and handicrafts, a neutral backdrop punctuated by the riotous colours and rustic textures typical of Peru. For those with leisure, there's a luxury spa and two heated pools.
At Urubamba, you're right in the thick of it. There's the huge, colourful markets at nearby Pisac, which are a must, especially on a Sunday. Within an easy day trip are also the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, the Incan salt pans of Salineras de Maras, and the Inca site at Ollantaytambo, which also has a major train station for ferrying passengers to Machu Picchu.
An understated luxury hotel completely in sync with its Peruvian setting, from the carefully chosen decor to views of the towering Andes in the distance. - Traveller AU
Podes crer que são as últimas da viagem ao Peru, set/18? Sim, tudo que tem começo, tem meio e tem fim. O império Inca durou cerca de 200 anos apenas. Egito, 3000, Roma 1000, enfim.... Uma nação, se constrói com tempo e ideias. Foram necessários mais de 500 anos, a custo de muito esforço e trabalho, não de todos, mas de alguns, para sairmos de uma idade média europeia. 500 anos, pra ver mudanças significativas. Sabe, na idade média, se fosse pego rindo alto demais, já era considerado demoníaco (hoje, ser feliz, incomoda mais que qualquer coisa). A maioria dos Reis e senhores feudais não sabia ler nem escrever (hoje, não está tão diferente). Temia-se seres como unicórnios e monstros surreais, da terra e do mar (ouvi até falar de terra plana, estes dias). Era proibido estudar o interior dos corpos (hoje, a vida interior, é uma completa desconhecida). Não se podia pensar ou muito menos dizer, nada que contrariasse os cânones dogmáticos da época (pouca gente está disposta a pensar; todo mundo já leu demais, já sabe demais, já viu demais... os pontos de vista estão cada dia mais rígidos). A separação e divisão entre feudos e pessoas de forma geral, era a principal característica da época (cada um cuidando de si, e os outros... bem os outros que o governo cuide). E ainda há quem me diga, que teremos verdadeiras mudanças, apertando um botão de 4 em 4 anos. Volto atrás pra dizer, que não é tanto uma questão de tempo, mas de ideias. Ideias mudam o rumo da história. Quais você tem cultivado?
So the idea of a lush palm lined desert oasis isn’t just found in the movies! It’s in -Peru? 🏝
Huacachina is a tiny village west of the city of Ica in southwestern Peru (about 4 hours from Lima). It’s home to the largest sand dunes in South America and serves as the continent’s ONLY natural desert oasis.
While there are only about 100 residents that permanently live there, thousands of visitors go every year to take advantage of the sand boarding and dune buggy rides. And I suggest that if you go, you stay.
Some travelers opt for day trips as staying in the village is a little more expensive than the city due to it’s isolated location. In my opinion, if you’re going to be using the village’s infrastructure (aka drive on it’s roads, produce trash that will need to be disposed of, etc.) then you owe it to the residents to stay the night. Sleep in their hotels, eat at their restaurants and drink at their bars.
Trecho de um diálogo, de um dos Filmes de Akira Kurosawa (KAGEMUSHA): - Neto: Por que você é chamado de montanha, avô? - Avô: Montanha? - Neto: Todo mundo te chama assim. "Onde está a montanha?" É porque nós temos aquela montanha no nosso jardim? - Avô: Você conhece meu estandarte, o que significam as letras? Significa KAGEMUSHA: Rápido como o vento. Tranquilo como uma floresta. E ainda, feroz como fogo. Imóvel como uma montanha. Me comparam aquela montanha. Tanto na batalha quanto em casa, dizem, há que ser firme, como uma montanha.
Quando seu exército se move, primeiro, os cavaleiros atacam tão rápido quanto o vento.
Em segundo lugar, os lanceiros avançam silenciosos como uma floresta.
Terceiro, a cavalaria invade impiedosamente o fogo.
E eu estou atrás deles, sempre cuidando deles, imóvel como uma montanha.
É por isso que nossos soldados podem lutar tão fortemente. Imóvel como uma montanha. Eu sou essa montanha. Então eles me chamam de montanha. - Neto: eu entendo - Avô: você realmente entende, Takemaru?
Often depicted in paintings and art in Peru is a picture of three women dressed in traditional clothing seemingly sharing secrets and gossip. Glad I was able to capture a moment similar to that. 🌵 #luckyshot#colorsofperu#peruportraits
The Uros people live on a group of islands made of layered totora reeds that float on the world’s highest navigable lake, Lago Titicaca. The construction of the small islands is quite ingenious and fascinating. It is said that the early Uros people started this way of life to isolate themselves and evade enemies. Today, people here not only use the reeds for constructing the islands and their homes and boats but also as source of food and supplementary income as they make them into handicrafts to sell to tourists. 🛶 #colorsofperu#peruportraits
🇵🇪 ¡Adiós Perú - hola Bolivia! 🇧🇴 Gestern haben wir unsere Rucksäcke aufgeschnallt und sind über die Grenze nach Bolivien gelatscht. Garnicht so einfach - denn Peru, du warst wundervoll zu uns! Auf jedem Höhenmeter zwischen 0 und 5100m, bei jedem Wetter zwischen -5Grad mit trockener Kälte und 30Grad mit tropischem Regen. Mit jedem wohlgenährten Straßenhund und jedem grinsenden Alpaka, jedem kleinen Schweinchen und jeder Kuh! Danke für deine Herzlichkeit und deine so netten Menschen, deine bunten Farben und das wohlige Gefühl, das du zurück lässt. ❤️
Sacred Valley Peru for @c.magazine x @style_rituals for the Nov. issue. 〰️ The hands of a Q’eros healer showing me his medicine bag (mesa) which included: rocks, shells, crystals, coca leaves, a feather and other talismans. .
See more our mystical journey that took us from Cusco → Salinas de Maras → Pisac → Machu Picchu → to a horseback trek 16,000 feet to the Quechua speaking community, Q’eros (where this was shot) with @hannahrae as our guide in the November issue of @c.magazine 💛🦙🌈
A friendly reminder to stop and take in the view—or in this case, the views! You know a place is special when even the locals cannot get enough of it.
My hope is for all of us to appreciate the Earth like the people of the Andes. Their devotion to Pachamama, the Earth Mother, allows them to respect and care for nature and its bounties. It is evident in their way of life; the way they speak of and tell stories about it. And that is because they embrace the simple fact that everything we have comes from nature. The Earth is the one that sustains us; the one that keeps us alive. And for us to continue living, we have to take care of it in return.
PS. I have so much respect to all the porters like this amigo. They are the toughest and hardest working people I’ve met! They are always so kind to say “hola!” or “vamos!”, which means a lot to someone who is tired and a little grumpy. 🙋🏻♀️ #colorsofperu
Meet Gabriela. She is a member of the Ccaccaccollo Community in Peru’s Sacred Valley. The community is known for using traditional methods of weaving alpaca wool into garments. I was browsing the displays, entranced by the patterns and the colours, when this niña came up to me. She was mainly curious about my camera so I took her photos and showed her how pretty she looked. While looking at her photo, she accidentally touched my hand and exclaimed “¡Qué frío!” (translation: It’s so cold!) I laughed because it is true; I have perpetually cold hands. She then led me to the glove section and started talking in Spanish or Quechua, undoubtedly telling me that I should wear gloves to keep my hands warm. My heart melted at the sweet gesture. ❤️