My Visit to Chernobyl
I have been in love with travelling for as long as I can remember. From backpacking through Western Europe to living in various countries throughout my youth, there isn’t a place I would not visit. I do, however, have a fascination with destinations that many would question at first glance. Areas that have gone through turmoil, holding troubling histories, or seem so out of place that travelling to them becomes more a burden than a means to relax. This is an account of one of those visits, and it has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. This is my account of travelling to Chernobyl, Ukraine, in December of 2018.
The Might of the Concorde
Planes have allowed the unobtainable corners of the world to become accessible to discovery, exploration and, by the unfortunate parallel to the benefits, have released the infestation we commonly refer to as tourism. Since the wright brothers took to the skies, despite not being the first to fly, but I'll save that for another blog; the world has broken the possibilities of travel, both on and off the planet. It only fits that we take our hats off and appreciate the craftsmanship of human invention. This is why I want to share with you the history of the infamous plane that, at its top speeds, would break the speed of sounds twice over. Here is a brief historical account of the Concorde.
People!JSS! June 100 Story Challenge!
There is a fine line between ambition and plain insanity, and I believe that we are about to cross the line, one way or another.
Summer, Take These Words Till Next Time We Meet.
My kind Summer, you inspire me to write. How I love the way you burn and caress, Invading my mind, day and through the night,
Spice up your life with Dukkah!
Spices have been a blessing for us all in the world of cuisine. To obtain the luxuries of the spice world, western countries crossed oceans, fought wars for the spice trade connections, and used spices as forms of currency in trade. Now, with the easy access to the global free market, the improvements to the transportation of goods, and accessibility to anything our hearts desire, it’s hard to imagine the struggle faced in the past to get us where we are today. I cannot help but get inspired and honour all that suffered so that we can enjoy all the flavours of the world. Hence, I wish to share a fantastic spice combination with you, both easily obtained and surprisingly inexpensive for what it delivers. I welcome you to the world of Dukkah.
The Eight-Legged Vegetarian
When you think about spiders, 'vegetarian' isn't the first thing to come to mind. More often than not, spiders bring forth images of webs, fangs, and an excessive number of legs that would send chills running down most readers spines.
The Picasso Effect
The art world can seem to be one dominated by elitist ideals and big price tags. We see countless articles commentating on record-breaking auction sales and lost pieces retrieved from thieves and the aftermaths of war. It comes as no surprise that many of us, despite enjoying the presence of art, choose not to dig deeper into the field and further understand its beauty, power, and influence. If you think that you fall somewhere in this category, I want to give you some advice that any spectator should know when approaching a piece, no matter the level of interest given to the art sector. It is something that I wish I learned years ago that would have better developed my taste in who and what I like and how to separate the reputation of the artist and their artwork. I would like to introduce you to the thought concept I refer to as ‘The Picasso Effect’.
Zen is a State of Mind; Music is a State of Action
I will be sincere; 2021 has proven to be just as a challenge as its predecessor. A strange mix of anxiety and anger stir inside my stomach as I cannot help but lose hope every time I leave my home and realise what is happening to my country. I have been a UK resident for just over 16 years now (I originate from Poland) and have endured my share of hardship in my life, simply for being born on the wrong side of the line in the sand. From school bullying, petty theft of toys, and a constant bombardment of racist remarks, to workplace racism, refusal of opportunities, wrongful pay, and the rise and aftermath of Brexit, I’ve endured my fair share of pain. Life has been nothing close to smooth, but I stood my ground, continued to challenge myself, and moved forward. Despite everything I have lived through, for the first time in my life I am truly petrified to live in the UK as this time, it’s no longer personal, but tyrannical.