Turn the lights off

Have you ever wondered how your favourite places look like at night without the city lights and the visual noise? Like this..

San Francisco 37° 48′ 30″ N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58. © Thierry Cohen

 

Rio de Janeiro 22° 56′ 42″ S 2011-06-04 Lst 12:34. © Thierry Cohen

 

Paris 48° 50′ 55″ N 2012-08-13 Lst 22:15. © Thierry Cohen

 

New York 40° 44′ 39″ N 2010-10-13 Lst 0:04. © Thierry Cohen

 

Hong Kong 22° 16′ 38″ N 2012-03-22 Lst 14:00. © Thierry Cohen

 

Los Angeles 34° 03′ 20″ N 2010-10-09 Lst 21:50. © Thierry Cohen

 

Shanghai 31° 13′ 22″ N 2012-03-17 Lst 14:47. © Thierry Cohen

 

New York 40° 42′ 16″ N 2010-10-9 Lst 3:40. © Thierry Cohen

 

São Paulo 23° 33′ 22″ S 2011-06-05 Lst 11:44. © Thierry Cohen

 

I stumble upon this amazing website and got completely hooked with this pictures. You can read more about how the photographer did these stunning pictures HERE.

R.

source: Smithsonian magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lets Talk About Virginity

Thought Catalog

They tell us sex is everything. It’s penultimate. It’s love. It’s the biggest culmination of emotion and physical awakening.

They tell us sex is sacred. Save it. Give it to someone special. Wait for love. Wait for him. Wait for her. Wait.

What the hell are we supposed to do with that. As girls we’re given this virginity present. And we’re supposed to carefully choose who gets to open it. Our delicate little gift that needs protecting.

If life were a movie I would’ve lost my virginity on a hammock under the stars to a boy with innocent eyes and a first boyfriend title.

But life is messy. And I waited.

Until one night I drank a little too much, wore a little too little, and laughed a little too loud.

If he had asked I would’ve said no. But he didn’t ask.

And afterwards I cried. I couldn’t stop…

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Post everything

The night helped cover the mindless act

the alcohol helped with the nerves

the embrace helped with the first touch

the jokes helped to ease the stupidity of the request

then they faced each other, they knew it was wrong

but the fog of the night and the alcohol just made it happen

in the middle of the act someone said

“what are we doing”

“I don’t know”

and they kept getting drunk on the promise of the night and the always helpful alcohol.

It was not long, it was not the best, but memorable enough because of the each others history

Then they are done, ashamed?, embarrassed?, still drunk?

they don’t know

they don’t think

they just followed the night and the alcohol to its fog.

Now, post-act, post-blurry night, post-everything

in the midst of daylight,

none of them talk.

One make the first move,

hoping everything is the same

is it? fuck no.

is it embarrassment?

is it shame?

or just plain stupidity?

no one knows,

no one cares.

Now back to the foggy night,

one of them thinks,

writes,

gets angry,

gets sad,

one of them feels all the feelings someone can feel

maybe regret,

maybe distress

and then numbness.

Post everything, all seems numb

blurry, idiotic, dumb.

And it will keep being the same

until one of them stops, watch, remember and speaks.

R.

Great Travellers: Andre Brugiroux

Japan 1970

This picture was taken in Japan, 1970, while hitch-hiking. It highlights the way he usually travelled aside from planes, boats and yachts. He travelled with his little backpack where he could keep his sleeping bag, coat, food and hundreds of memories; he said he used to spend $1 per day.

He is a French writer, born in 1937 than between 1955 and 2005 every country and territory in the world.

His mother, who had done some touring before getting married, was the one who unwittingly transmitted him the desire to travel and provided him with the key to developing his future resourcefulness by enrolling him as a scout.

His childhood was marked by war and his travels around the world have had the purpose of discovering whether peace will be possible one day.

He left in 1955 with 17 years, with a diploma in Hospitality from Paris, working first for 7 years in Europe, to learn languages, accepting any job.  Between his time in Spain and West Germany he did his military service in the Congo (1958 and 1959).

After saving money for 3 years, performing as a translator in Canada, he was able to travel the world for 6 years without working.

He made a documentary about his adventures, wrote 10 books and he dedicated especially on trips to raise awareness of the Baha’i Faith (is a monotheistic religion whose adherents follow the teachings of Baha’u’llah, who considered the manifestation of God for the present time).

The title of both his film and his first book, La Terre n’est qu’un seul pays (literally: “The Earth is but one country”, published in English as One People, One Planet), is the conclusion to which his first journey around the world brought him, a journey which lasted 18 years before he returned home (1955 to 1973), and during which he hitch hiked 400,000 km (250,000 mi), hitch hiking through 135 countries on every continent.

Places visited between 1955 and 2005

Very inspiring man, of course, nowadays it would be impossible to get around with $1 daily but we can actually get around with less than we can imagine if we learn to trust our instincts and manage our money. He did not travelled glamorously and he was actually in danger a few times but if you have the courage and determination of this man, you could get anywhere you want; but not with one dollar a day.

I hope yall got a little inspired to actually try to travel a bit, even in your own country, which is a start. Think about the great stories you’ll have to tell your grandchildren 😉

R.

Alaska 1969

Oslo 1973

Jakarta 1970

source: Portal Mochilero and Wikipedia.

Thought Catalog

1. Telling your parents that you are just not going to agree with them about certain things (especially regarding your lifestyle choices), and that you are ready to deal with the consequences that might bring in your relationship.

2. Removing friends from your life that you grew up with who are simply no longer good for you, even if you have known them so long as to consider them just a part of your life — something you assume will always be there.

3. Telling these friends, should they ask, exactly why you don’t really hang out with each other anymore. Explaining to them what your issues actually are without trying to come off as though you have left them behind in some way (even if you feel like you have).

4. Deleting phone numbers of people you are very interested in dating but who are just never going to…

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