Imagine complete silence.
Winter skyview as seen from the path inside the park, just next to the site of the artwork.
Sharing the creative process of designing and building an art installation on climate issues for Ranua Wildlife Park near the Arctic Circle - link in bio.
One of my favorite things about Bonaire 🇧🇶was its vast and varied natural beauty. Just so beautiful! The whole island is easily drivable in a few hours, an adventure I highly highly recommend. Roads were narrow and not much street lighting so I'd suggest driving while there's natural light. Driving is on the right side. You might also encounter donkeys sharing the road! Be prepared to make many stops to enjoy the amazing sights along the way like this one - Boka Di Tolo. 💙
I’ve been fortunate to visit many countries on this earth, and I have never been so surprised by one city as I have been by La Paz. The literature may tell you that it is wretched place that will appall you, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. La Paz is wondrous; a perfect blend of natural beauty, chaotic architecture and a portal to the spirit world. If you ever get the chance to visit, you simply must.
Christchurch is a really lovely city, with so much character and charm. Despite the extensive damage caused by the 2011 earthquakes, the city is still home some beautiful 19th century architecture, and is working to repair and rebuild what was lost. Shipping containers are being used around the city to support and protect unstable buildings, and urban art has flourished. I thought this elephant mural was so beautiful, echoing the city's slow and steady path to recovery.
Such an empowering day to stand with women and supporters everywhere! Y’all, I’m super excited about sharing the interviews and stories of real people I met today - stay tuned tomorrow for a new vlog about the NYC Women’s March!
Ho’omoe wai Kali ke kao’o - let’s all travel together like water flowing in one direction 🌊 “Hawaiians believe that all nature has spirit (mana), from the trees and flowers to the ocean and mountains. They knew inherently there was strength to be found in the properties of the seas, earth and plants. It is believed each of the Hawaiian islands has its own personality, from the older, lush motherly island of Kauai to the tempestuous and still growing volcanic Big Island. It follows that each island’s salts, clays and plant ingredients take on the characteristics of the island. Many are known for their feminine nurturing.
I choose to take a giant step backwards from mankind. I will look behind me rather than in front. Like the navigators and way finders of old…you will know where you are going by where you have been. By taking care of the past, the past will take care of the future. In Hawaiian thinking, the seventh generation behind you has made you what you are today, so it is important to focus on the future by thinking of the past.” - Clifford Nae’ole
O ke aloha ke kuleana o kaki malihini - love is the host in strange lands 🌺💗💚🤙☀️
Do you listen to your heart? Does your heart yearn to explore? A long while back, I felt that I was missing or lacking in purpose, so I decided that my love of travel would focus on some of the most spiritual places in the world, places where wisdom and beauty permeate the land. They say that engaging with sacred landscapes allows us to listen to the wisdom within, to the mystery of thresholds and ‘thin places’, which activates our spirit and causes us to truly experience our ‘aliveness.’ I chose to thrive, not merely survive and to feel that true aliveness, and feel it deeply.
“You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.” - Anais Nin
Perhaps you feel a mystic pull, said my teacher, just as the great fourteenth century travel writer Ibn Battuta: “I set out alone having neither fellow-traveler in whose companionship I might find cheer, nor caravan whose party I might join, but swayed by an overmastering impulse within me and a desire long-cherished in my bosom to visit these illustrious sanctuaries.”
I've always been grateful for my heritage. Such a big aspect of my Caribbean roots come from my Dutch ancestry. I've been very blessed to experience the Dutch carribean where my family has been for many generations. This is what makes you unique: your culture, your family, your roots. Experience it, embrace your history, and always go back home. Super excited to experience the other half of my heritage this upcoming summer and winter.