Author: elysekent

THE FORGOTTEN DEFENDERS OF LENINGRAD

Canals of St. Petersburg, 2012 Lenin commanding, 2012 Square. Harsh. Bleak. Dark. A quickness hoarding resent. Passing facade after facade, lifeless windows. Dilapidation of all we pass. The water even moves forcefully, violently against the boats, against itself. Each wave thrashing without repetition or order. The sky barring down upon the city and its inhabitants. We […]

ARCTIC FLECTIONS

Vatnajökull 2014, Located further south, the thawing icecap’s mass totaled 8% of the country and lead to Dentifoss’s powerful rate of cascading 3,059,436 gallons of water per second. The world anthem for indie soulful wanderlusters is the same in every country – a combination of folksy rock whose singer bellows with a heart heavy of […]

SALTY SALAMANCA

Cathedral Nueva, 2010 Tumbling throughout, 2010 Salamanca is a university town that is filled solely with senior citizens and tourists during the summer. This transient population tends to linger mostly around Rua Mayor, dining at expensive, subpar restaurants in Plaza Mayor.   The feeling I take away from this architectural gem is that it has been […]

MOSAICS AND MONUMENTS TO THE MIRACULOUS 

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal The streets are narrow and wind up the hilltop, decorated with bright streamers and other adornments that mimic children’s’ birthday decorations. The little leathered Portuguese locals stand outside their tiny business doors; their lolling posture and gentle stares implying an eternal wait.  The old #28 tram somehow winds through these streets, hauling loads […]