D U K E O F T O K Y O

Exactly a month ago Duke of Tokyo, the very first Japanese karaoke bar opened its doors in Amsterdam on Reguliersdwarsstraat and as you probably already guessed I was lucky to photograph their amazing space.

I wouldn’t describe Duke of Tokyo any better as real writing talents of Colourful rebel already did:

“As though you’re walking through the narrow and mysterious streets of Tokyo, that’s the feeling you get when entering the Duke of Tokyo. In the back of the bar you can find eight karaoke booths, followed by a Japanese-like street filled with neon lights, posters and graffiti. The front of the karaoke bar is designed as a signature Japanese bar with intimate seating corners. At the bar you can try Duke of Tokyo’s signature cocktails, classic mixed drinks with an Asian twist and Japanese snacks.” 

Entree magazine also posted some of my interior photography for Duke, but my personal favourites are here (◕‿◕) ->


P A N A M A // C O L O M B I A // 35 MM

Yep, it’s another travel story, only now it’s analogue and from another part of the world, a warmer part of the world :p 

Weather related escape trips in the beginning of the year is a thing for me, not yet a hobby, but I’m getting there. I was always more attracted by Asia, but this time Central America rang the bell and I took off for a month leaving cold and rainy Amsterdam behind.

I was struggling with deciding which camera to take with me, but in the end chose for analogue due to its small size, weight and of course, dah, the best colours digital will never be able to beat. That combined with an iPhone in my pocket gave me a compact but comforting ‘ready to shoot’ feeling.. Little did I know that my phone will hit the ocean floor after the first week of travel, my bf’s phone will disappear mysteriously from an empty island beach, leaving me with my Minolta XG-M that suddenly decided it to make pictures by itself.. I had a crisis moment right there, but then hallelujah! eureka! or whatever you can shout when you find a solution - I managed to work around my camera’s sudden independency and photographs came out just fine.

Writing is hardly my talent, so I won’t bore you with a never ending verbal shenanigans of my one month adventure and will stick to a short (I hope) route sum-up.

My trip started on 18th December with couple of days in Panama city from where I took a night bus, a taxi and a boat (more like 3 of them) to Bocas del Toro. After Christmas celebration combined with iPhone diving farewell we flew to Medellin in Colombia. From there we took a local bus to a cute pretty village Guatape that lies next to the gorgeous lake and multiple lands previously owned by notorious Pablo Escobar. Three days later we came back to Medellin to celebrate New Year Colombian style. A hidden gem for techno lovers - Medellin’s club Top Secret. Great music and atmosphere, a night I will never forget. 

Short story long, next day we took our hangover on a flight to boiling and steamy Cartagena. Feeling lobstery after just one day we headed towards Palomino, which was hardly something special, except for one thing - a nearby National Park Tayrona. Being crazy as I am I walked 22 km through the jungle in one single day; a trip that’s normally broken down in 2 parts with an overnight on the camping sight in the park. 

Aaaand back to Cartagena’s hammam only to catch a plane to Panama city and rush to the boat that took us to our final stop before Amsterdam - paradise islands Contadora & Saboga. Almost as any place I’ve visited on this trip the islands had their ‘problem moments’ but I fell in love with them anyway, especially Contadora.

Ok, ok it’s time to shut up for me :)

Enjoy the pictures and if you are planning to travel to Panama & Colombia be prepared, study the route, book flights and accommodations in advance and of course practice your Spanish, adios! 

Panama


Colombia


S A N T O R I N I

Here I am again, half a year later trying to tell my photography story about Santorini, but as they say better late than never. And it’s so true, this beauty has to be shared, keeping it to myself would be just a crime.

I’m really glad we went to Santorini in the beginning of October and not in the summer. It was quite packed with visitors for a low season, but still doable, without crowds occupying everything anything everywhere and letting me take as much pictures as I want while still enjoying it :)

Unlike other tourists with alarming amout of selfie sticks making pictures of every millimeter of the street I mostly concentrated on following my boyfriend Rody with a camera and giving all that extra unasked attention to every homeless dog and cat I met on my way. I bet animals of Santorini created an anonymous support group upon my departure ;)

For those of you who plan to visit Santorini I mostly have only one advise - try to stay away from the busy city center. It might be nice to walk there couple of times, but the real island is not there! Calm distant corners is where you will find locals, best food, lower prices & great atmosphere. A local bakery existing more then 40 years with his founder still getting up at 4 am to bake yummy local pastry, a small cafe owned by a cute old couple or a simple dinner place with the best kebab on the entire island - those are the place you should go for!

Here is the list of places I enjoyed the most:

  • Katharos Lounge - delicious food & very nice and friendly owners and a dog
  • Jerry’s Food - sweet owners, nice for a simple breakfast
  • Boras Bakery - perfect place for a breakfast on the go
  • Domaine Sigalas - the best winery on the island (I visited many more :p)

Have fun & see you soon!


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