I often wondered, when I looked at the photographs of towns like Colmar, what does it feel like to live there, do their inhabitants, living in those fairy tale houses, walking those fairy tale streets, really live lives as if in fairy tales?
The city of Malmö was my host one spring and left in my soul unforgettable impression of the lightness of being. Mixture of neo-futurist architecture, green parks, historical buildings and museums, smiling people riding bicycles and skateboards awakens all your senses and invites you to action and exploration.
When you think about exotic place, the pictures that appear in front of your eyes are just like those from Seychelles. Endlessly long sand beaches, palms, turquoise sea and some granite rock here and there to make a change in the scenery that is magic like the most beautiful dream.
When I first saw Uvac’s photos, I was so astonished that I did not believe that this fascinating place was on Earth at all, especially not just a few hours away from Belgrade. In a similar way, a large number of my friends from all over the world have reacted to my Uvac photos, but what no photo can fully demonstrate, is the sense of peace and connectivity with nature, connection with a source somewhere deep in us. Accordingly, one of the most visited and above all special places is the “Prayer” viewpoint. In this place, from which you can see all the beauty and creative power of nature, as in the mirror, you can also see the inner beauty within you and connect with your soul.
I had a wish, hidden even from myself, to go to Iran, to see ancient Persia, civilization that was one of the most important in the history of mankind. That huge step, invitation to travel, came suddenly and unexpectedly, as a gift, as soon as I became ready to absorb and recognize in me traces of everything that I will awake in myself by this visit. And my visit happened during Ramadan fast, which gave additional solemn tone to the whole journey.
Western Kingdom and the Land of God
Beautiful country in the northwest of the African continent attracts more and more tourist attention, and also in Serbia , people are getting more and more interested for Morocco-its culture, its customs, traditions, literature, architecture, and also, stunning nature-from Sahara and the mountain Atlas to the coast of Atlantic.
I have been dreaming for years to visit Sri Lanka. Country that is famous for its Ceylon tea was attractive for me because I wanted to find out why I am not a “tea person” and why tea comes to my mind only when I am ill and have to cure myself, like most people in our culture. Rice, which is main food on this island, especially if it is simply cooked, (“klot”, as we would say), is something that, in my country, is also recommended only if you are convalescent. Not exactly a dream country for people from Serbia, one would say, but still, to someone who is adventurer and nature lover like me, stunningly beautiful landscapes woke up burning desire to push off to this magic island – Sri-means “sacred” in their language, and Lanka is the name of the island.
It often happens, when people want to celebrate some special jubilee or occasion in their life, they wish to go and celebrate on some special place, some destination which represents symbolism of that which they celebrate. Having that exact idea on my mind, I decided to celebrate my 40th birthday, my coming into middle age, in New York.
Although I have travelled a lot up to that moment, going “over big water” and visiting “the youngest continent” was something that I constantly delayed, consciously or unconsciously, for that special occasion. Great Apple, with everything that it has to offer, seemed like the right choice to celebrate coming into that special age of adultness. All those wondrous stories about New York attracted me, because I was anxiously looking for wonders. During my stay in that city, for only nine days, they were indeed happening to me, every day.
Sometimes you simply get a “call” to go somewhere…and the magic of the adventure begins. When you embrace that call, waiting for every new day with excitement, you suddenly get answers to the question you never actually asked, recognizing connections and relationships that you have never dreamed that exist.
Africa is magical. Cradle of mankind, with beautiful nature, climate, careless and free people and animals. Time goes in slower rhythm there and everything is in the style-HAKUNA MATATA-no problem. Everything is very easy and, somehow, it is natural to let yourself go to that lightness of being.
Travelling to Jordan and getting to know this country, surely is journey which made the greatest impression on me, because of all the circumstances which made it happen, and also because of the energy which shines from this small, proud country on Near East. As if in everything else in life, we get to the places where we should be, meet those cultures, people and civilizations exactly when we are ready for them.