Eixx.CroatianKayak

Whilst in Europe, we decided to sign up with a website called Workaway, which lets you view host profiles and apply to volunteer with them all over the world. We found some we liked, and some we didn’t, but the following experience was outstanding.

As a part of our agreement while working with Marin at his guesthouse in the Istrian city of Rovinj, Croatia, we had to shoot photos for his new website. Photos of kayaking through the Rovinj Archipelago.

img_2548The weather wasn’t the best on the planned day we had set for ourselves, so we ended up getting out onto the water later on in the afternoon

img_2590img_2551There was a storm approaching in the distance, so we had to act quickly to get things done

img_2606Marin was a local and knew a lot of people in Rovinj

img_2609He invited his drone-expert friend, Jim and Landa along to film the ride

img_2613He even knew the other crew out on the water

img_2623So, we set out, past the first islands

img_2655img_2647It seemed like rain was inevitable

img_2703So we paddled faster to get to the furtherest island and explore

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0020.JPGview from the drone

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0023.JPGWe reached our island destination and banked the kayaks

img_2722We then ventured into the bushes and sent the drone into space

img_2725img_2727Then we took the opportunity to explore the island a bit

img_2737Marin knew the right spot, and he didn’t disappoint

img_2742abandonned church on the middle of the island? Please…

img_2752We reached the other side of the island with an amazing view

img_2778Jim got his drone airbourne again

img_2755and back into the vegetation

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0029.JPGAnd we thought we had a good view…

img_2798After taking in the view we passed back through the island to the kayaks

img_2806img_2816Quick little photo opportunity before getting back out onto the water

img_2819img_2719img_2858We chased the setting sun and nearly got eaten by sharks…

img_2872`Did you say sharks?`

Yeah, just kidding, sorry

img_2924The sun poked its face out of the storm that missed us, and delivered a beautiful sunset

img_2928tourist boats also had the same idea

img_2959mmm, yeah, thanks abunch

img_2974but we still managed to get a good view,

img_2988before powering back to shore in closing darkness

img_3007and stretching our backs, happy with a solid afternoon on the water

2016

Exviii.SavitriTemple

Pushkar is surrounded by many hills, but the closest one has a temple built at its peak. It was recommended to us that we climb the hill before sunrise, so we could get the best view possible of Pushkar below us.

IMG_5376The pathway was will lit until halfway up the hill

IMG_5387After that we used my camera flash…

IMG_5400We were joined by a couple of the town dogs, who most likely made their way up each morning

IMG_5409We reached the top as the sun slowly rose behind this hills in the distance

IMG_5460IMG_5446IMG_5427Dogs and humans both took in the view of Pushkar below them

IMG_5430IMG_5483I had a little wander around the temple as the temperature rose

IMG_5438We swam in the view for a few moments longer before beginning the descent

IMG_5443IMG_5440Wrong direction mate.

IMG_5490IMG_5494As we walked down we spied some other fury creatures, up in the trees this time

IMG_5506The Indian morning brings all walks of life

2012

Exvii.TonléSap

On our way from Siem Reap to Battambang in Cambodia, we decided, instead of catching a bus or train, we would take an 8 hour boat trip, through the floating villages of Tonlé Sap.

IMG_0967They told us that there hadn’t been much rain lately and that the boats might not be running, but we arrived to find plenty willing to take us

IMG_0974So we willingly boarded and headed off down the river towards the main lake

IMG_0979IMG_0984IMG_1027We reached the opening of the river to find (what we expected) many houses floating in the water

IMG_1031IMG_1036IMG_1055As we got closer to the other side of the lake, we patches of reeds passing by, but the driver of the boat didn’t seem to care about slowing

IMG_1084We knew when we had hit the village on the other side

IMG_1101IMG_1100oops, sorry…

IMG_1090The village here was alive with people on boats buying, trading and just living a completely different life than anyone could imagine

IMG_1110Each boat was armored with a propellor on the end of a long arm, presumably to get past all the reeds

IMG_1116which were obviously still a nuisance.

IMG_1159IMG_1123The reeds began to thicken towards the end of the village and we broke out across uninhabited plantville.

IMG_1131IMG_1177IMG_1141no rulez

IMG_1144IMG_1175IMG_1180IMG_1191blowing kisses

IMG_1203We came to another village where jumped off the boat for a quick break and a bite to eat

IMG_1202IMG_1199IMG_1207After our meal, we hopped back aboard and made way down the river for Battambang

IMG_1211It felt like hours winding through bends

IMG_1220and passing unique homes

IMG_1226until we finally made it to our port of rest, where it felt good to stand again on solid ground

2014

Exvi.WeddingDom&Nina

We were planning on visiting friends in Banja Luka, a small town in the Balkan state of Bosnia, when they told us of our perfect timing. They said we were fortunate enough to be arriving on the day of their secret wedding, where only close Balkan friends and family were invited.

img_3821 We arrived with not having much sleep, but got thrown into the gist of things not long after

img_3809 The wedding car stood out like a pink eye

img_3816 We were all greeted by accident by a busking gypsy brass band, who hang out in the parking lot any given Sunday

img_3834 After many a greeting and kisses on the cheeks, the Bride and Groom invited people into the church to get the formalities underway

img_3853 It honestly took about 10 minutes for the ‘yeses’ and signing of the papers. The fastest wedding in the books

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img_3875 After the ceremony many a picture was taken and the locally brew ‘rakija’ was drunk

img_3874 The rakija was being shared around in this traditional wooden flask

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img_3865 Even the parents were putting it down

img_3899 And yes, even the Bosnians throw a bouquet

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img_3905 The Fresh Husband, Dom Naprelac

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img_3936 We left the wedding location and drove to a fancy restaurant where we drunk beer, feasted on meat and cut the cake

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img_3957“I’m not even hungry”

img_3982 “C,mon! It’s tradition kids!”

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img_3961 Johnny got in with the pouring champagne, which he enjoyed a little too much

img_3990 and “a toast to the young couple…”

img_3975“…and to meeee”

img_4068 Afterwards there was an after party held at the local club Incel

img_4099 with basically unlimited supply of beer, wine and rakija,

img_3998 with music, dancing and falling stereo systems of course…

Canon EOS 500D

2016