Wörthersee – Austria

It’s been few months since I decided it’s time for me to leave “the ship life” and stay on land again. So far, I must say, I’m extremely happy with my decision and I’m enjoying summer as much as I can. Since I came back home I fell in love with SUP-ing (stand up paddling), so I’m still trying to stay as close to the water as possible.

My friend and I decided to visit a neighboring country for few days, Austria. Since I love adventures so much, we decided to go camping by the lake. It’s been a long time since the last time I slept in a tent and I really missed it, so I was super excited about it. We found a camp right next to Wörthersee Lake. Honestly, to me it was somehow new to actually be on vacation, to have all this free time, no schedule, no rush, I forgot how that is.

We used our first day there to explore Klagenfurt a little bit and to set up our camp spot. Towards the evening we went to the beach to relax and swim in the lake. And this night we were told there will be a party in the sky – one of the biggest meteor showers. So we grabbed few beers (and some rum), sat on a beach and watched the sky. Well, the sky show didn’t really reach our expectations, but there were still quite a lot of shooting stars, more than I’ve ever seen in one night. Wish upon a star they say… I had a chance to wish a lot of things that night.

In the morning we didn’t bother with an alarm clock. We woke up when we felt like. After late breakfast, we went for a short hike to a nearby hill. Luckily we had some random map of the area with us, but somehow we still managed to miss some path and made it all the way to the other side of the hill. Our plan was to hike for about two hours, it turned out to be four hours. But it didn’t matter, it was a nice walk through beautiful nature. After we had pasta for lunch, again, we finally put my SUP board in the water and paddled around for a while. We had to prepare for our big day…

So… the third day. Well, this is the highlight of the whole trip – we paddled on my SUP all the way to the other side of the lake and back again. Locals said we’re crazy and we won’t be able to do it. Watch us… Just watch us… Haha! Our plan was to rent another board, but the rent center opened too late, so we just shared one board. That turned out to actually be a better option in the end – yes, we were heavier, our board was much lower in the water, we were slower, but we had an option to switch positions, so each person had a chance to rest. We started our trip 8:15 in the morning. During the day we made quite a few stops along the coast, took time for a drink, for a snack, even for a pre-cooked pasta at lunchtime. Luckily we were very well prepared for a whole day trip. The other side of the lake was much harder to paddle. There were more boats, so the waves got bigger and from all sides and I still have no idea how the hell we managed to stand on board after all that. It was crazy and absolutely hilarious. I wish I could see us from some other perspective, I think I’d die laughing (well, my eyes were full of tears of laughter anyway). 🙂 Anyway, we had a bit longer stop at Velden, the town on the other side of the lake. After we got some energy back and got a cold beer at a nearby store, we were able to start our journey back. This was the hardest part of the whole trip – the waves were still high and now even the wind was our enemy, blowing towards us. Most of our way back I was just laughing. Maybe I was going a bit extra crazy because I was already tired, or maybe it was actually funny. My fight with a bee probably made it even funnier, since I was just saying that if I’ll ever fall in the water, it’s going to be because of these stupid bees flying around my head. It wasn’t even 5 minutes later when I flipped the board over and we fell in the water. When I looked around me my friend was still under water, but hey, he saved the beer can! Priorities… 😀

Despite nobody believing we’ll be able to cross the lake and come back to the starting point in one day, we did it. The whole lake is 18km long, so that made 36km of paddling. I think I paddled around 16km and my friend around 20km. We were tired, but we felt proud that we did it. I mean come on, it’s my first season SUP-ing and my friend actually stood on a SUP for the third time in his life… 😀

We were absolutely exhausted at the end of the day. We made it back to our camping spot around 7 pm, tired, hungry… The next day we had to pack up and we were still too tired to do anything special. We made a short stop in a nice canyon in Slovenia, but only to sit down in a shade for a bit and have a beer. We just needed to get home and get some sleep. Well, this was definitely one of the best adventures this summer. I think I’m getting used to this life on land quite well and I hope it will continue like this. 😀

Football promo

Friend of my brother asked me to make some promotional photos – a bit for him, a bit for bHIP promotion. I said yes, because I never took any photos of football before and it sounded interesting. Why not, right? =)
Ok, so he didn’t actually play football, he just kicked the ball around, tried to shoot on goal and so, but just for the photo session. And it was nice to try this, because now I know a bit about movement in this sport when it comes to photography. Also we included some bHIP products in the whole photoshooting, so I think we did quite allright for my first time in this area. Here are some photos. =)

Best feelings (days 24-25)

Day 24 – Saturday, 13.10.2012
It was another a bit lazy morning and we all slept a bit longer (well, for me it was until 8:30…). =) Then I put my white Nike shoes in a washer because they were dirty and I realized that they are not getting out much whiter… Damn you white shoes, you never get all cleaned! =/
Well after my talk with white Nikes, Damir and I went to Eleclerc on the opposite part of the city, because we had to buy some groceries. On our way there we stopped at few skate/surf shops to check it out a bit and Damir needed new shoes anyway. He bought himself a bmx bike last evening and now he needed some shoes, because he only had flip-flops and some rock shoes that are really not appropriate for and sports… =) So we had like a shopping spree… Haha! =D
At the evening I decided to bake something, because we had a lot of apples that needed to be eaten soon or they would “die”. So I made something with polenta, raisins, soy milk and apples of course. I realized I didn’t buy cinnamon so it didn’t turn out as tasty as it could be, but it was still eatable, or maybe even good. =) And it was weird because we kind of forget about this food when it was in the oven and I was already panicking that it’s probably burned, because I wanted to bake it for 10 minutes and it was already 30! And when we opened the oven we realized that it’s still far from baked, so we left it in there for another 15 and it was just right. Funny oven… =)

Day 25 – Sunday, 14.10.2012
Alarm clock at 7:30… Oh why… I push the sleep button and so it starts ringing again in 5 minutes… I push the button again… Another 5 minutes… Then I say to myself: “Oh no, not today! You HAVE to wake up!” So I had some breakfast, got dressed and packed everything I wanted to in my backpack. When all three of us got ready the clock was already 9:25 or something like that. We had to hurry to the bus station! We made it and catch the bus at 9:30.
We were driving out of Caldas da Rainha. Our first trip out of the town on our own! =) The bus drove through the Obidos that looked quite charming town! It has a huge medieval wall all around and some really interesting buildings. We have to stop there some day and check it out. And the bus drove through the Baleal and we got all excited when we saw all those houses and shops with signs like “Surf school”, “Surf shop”, “Surfing camp” and so on… We were like little kids! =D
Where did we go? To Peniche! It’s the time of Rip Curl Pro now and we really wanted to check it out and see how the best man and women surf… =) Well the bus driver told us he will stop us somewhere close to the event area. And so he did. Or at least we thought so… And we didn’t really ask where the event is and there were no special signs to lead us there. Really, no banners or anything that would tell you where to go, no matter if you’re by foot or by car! So we walked along the cost, Gaja and I got those big eyes and smiles on our faces when we passed by some sexy surf guys with bare feet, surfs in their hands and with neoprene suits half dressed… Damn! =D
Ok yeah, so we were walking along the coast and came to some cliffs. The first view at that was so fascinating! And as we walked further the views became even more amazing and my smile got even larger. At some locations it was especially awesome because when I was standing at the edge of the cliff I was able to see, hear, and FEEL the waves when they hit the rocks. It was the best feeling of freedom I’ve ever had! It was really exactly what I wanted to experience, it was PERFECT! It was actually so perfect I can say that was really the most amazing thing and it made the whole day one of the best days in my life. Maybe some people will not understand, but it is how I feel and I can’t help it. And it was really warm and sunny and awesome weather. So I guess all my dreams about living in California one day could really be what I want. I don’t know. But what I do know is that sea side makes me happy. =)
Well after a long walk we asked one guy which way should we go to find Rip Curl Pro and he said we were walking in wrong direction. So we had to turn around and walk back and a bit further, so I guess we walked like 15km today… Or at least I calculated something like that by checking Google maps. =) Though I’d say the walk was totally worth it. And at the end we found the event. The downside is that about 10 minutes after we arrived and sat down on the lovely sandy beach the weather changed. Suddenly it became all grey and cloudy and cold winds started to blow. We found some shelter at one of the promotion tents. We waited there for a while because it wasn’t very pleasant outside. We’ll the rain stopped, but the cold and windy grey weather stayed. Despite the weather some guys were still catching the waves and so we decided to check it out and enjoy it for a while, despite the cold winds. The waves weren’t very high and there was not so much surfing, but we still saw some action and it was really nice. Then we had to go to catch our bus, because in case we would want to stay longer we would have a bus really late and because we weren’t dressed for such cold weather we rather went home. But we decided that we’ll come back on Tuesday or Wednesday when the weather will be a better.
After seeing Peniche I think I’m even more sure I’d love to try to surf and I’d love to have a camper van… =) I’m dreaming about a van with surf on a roof and my trekking bike at the back… You never know, maybe it just might happen. =D

Downhill Buzet 2012

Sicer sem malce pozna z objavo, a pravijo, da bolje pozno kot nikoli. Končno sem našla nekaj časa, da sem uredila fotografije z downhill tekme v Buzetu, ki se je odvijala med 19. in 20. majem. Toliko fotografij zaenkrat, ob priliki pa pride še kakšna. Več si jih lahko ogledate tu: Flickr.
Objavljene so bile tudi na spletni strani kluba Energija Team.
I’m a bit late with this publishing, but they say it’s better late than never. I finally found some time to edit few photos from downhill race in Buzet, that was going on between 19. and 20. may. So many photos for now, but soon I’ll add few more. You can check more of them here: Flickr
They were also posted on website of the club Energija Team.

Downhill biking training in Buzet, Croatia

12. 05. 2012

Večji del downhill ekipe kolesarskega kluba Energija, se je v soboto odpravil na celodnevni trening. Moja naloga na faksu je bila “dokumentarna fotografija”, zato sem se odločila, da bom skozi cel dan spremljala njihov trening. V to seveda ne spada le vožnja s kolesom, ampak tudi vse drugo kar spada zraven in kar morda večina ljudi sploh ne vidi. Lahko bi rekli, da sem bila z njimi “v zaodrju”.
Tu je zaenkrat le nekaj fotografij, več pa si jih lahko ogledate v končnem multimedijskem izdelku, ki je kombinacija videa in fotografije. Dobil bo še nekaj manjših popravkov (predvsem pri tekstu), ampak načeloma je to to.
Larger part of downhill team of biking club Energija, went on a whole day training on saturday. My assignment for college was “documentary photography”, so I decided to follow their training for a whole day. And this means not only riding a bike, but everything else that comes with it and most people probably don’t see. We could say I was in “backstage” with them.
Here is only some photos, but you can see more of them in final multimedia product, that is combination of photo and video. It will get some small editing (with text mostly), but in general this is it.

Guys are ready for a ride to the top of the track.
Going up with a van.
Ride with me, ride with me… =)
On top they go out of the van and get ready for the ride down.
Going past the small chappel… Let’s pray for them! =)
Even trees bend to these guys… =D
After all these rides up and down, van needs something to drink…
It’s nice to end the day with refreshing swimming in the sea…