You know the type of adventurous, culturally ultra aware, cosmopolitan, right at home and making best friends everywhere travelers? I'm not one of them. I rather get confused by cutlery, constantly fail in mimicking local manners and consider ordering a cup of coffee quite advanced interaction with natives. The highlight of my trip is if someone thinks I'm a local. If someone would think I'm a local.
I'm fine with moderately beaten path. I have no bucket list. I travel more than I can afford. I travel light. I travel alone, usually. I'll never do a solo paleo vegan trek over Antarctica.
I travel for work and fun. Both are hard to describe briefly. I'm an almost non-practicing lighting designer, but I also do graphic design, and curating of fine arts, especially and not surprisingly light art, and exhibition design. I produce and organise cultural happenings if the need be (not very well, though) and teach both lighting design and light art stuff. Hence the emphasis on the things cultural in this blog. More and more so.
I mostly travel to destinations of two kinds: places with Horizon & Hammock or Urban Culture & Contemporary Art. In the previous, the essential is a place to rig my hammock, with a view to a sea, where I can pretend to read but actually stare at the horizon for hours. A warm place. Urban culture includes cafés with a view to a street, where I can pretend to read but actually stare at people passing by for hours. Contemporary art, I believe, is self explanatory. It also includes some staring.
I count Helsinki, where I live, a destination as well, and will do my best to convince the public that it's possible to do all the aforementioned "activities" here, too. Let's see, how that works out.
|Reasons I travel with my own hammock: |
it's much more comfortable to wait for a ferry in hammock than on a bench.