Lahemaa National Park | Turista a Palermo

All morning Alina was talking about going out of the town to get some photos and enjoy the weather. But didn’t let myself to be disturbed as I was so into my work. And if I remember correctly, it was horrible weather in the morning.

In the evening when she arrived back home with a friend, I had no choice but to join them for a road trip out of the town.

We ended up in Lahemaa National Park, cause we were visiting friends for a BBQ. And the beach we were guided to was just breathtaking…I really wasn’t planning to look like a little sailor man, but Alina even discovered an anchor on my shirt, so I couldn’t deny it, I was a little sailor man on my little boat, waiting for big waves to take me for an adventure.

There is only one month of summer left I started thinking about what’s next? What new I should do from the autumn. I always get brilliant ideas, when I go out with my friends, I get so much inspiration and encouragement from my friends. Two weeks ago, while being out drinking coffee, I just decided that I am moving to Italy.

I have always had the thought that I need to learn Italian and now is a perfect time. I will be moving to Sicily, where also my sister lives, I can’t wait to see her again. Last time I was in Sicily was two years ago, but it feels like forever.

So as a start to my Sicilian life I collaborated with Turista a Palermo(click)  to introduce you Sicily. From Turista a Palermo you can find all the places you should visit and places you can stay. Your perfect guide around Palermo. So when ever you should visit, grab a Turista and get the most out of Palermo or if you’re lucky… maybe I can show you around?

Photos by Alina Birjuk 

Saaremaa + Boost Yourself

There’s no better job I could ask for. Cause I can say, that my job is my hobby. Working for Boost Yourself is a blessing from God. First started as collaboration manager, but now I also do their Instagram and bit of client support. I have been doing that for 6 months now. Also when I was travelling around, because I can do my job from where ever I want to do it.

And as Boost Yourself is celebrating its 2nd birthday. We were all called over to Saaremaa and I finally had the chance to meet everyone else on the team.

Alina and I flew over to Saaremaa… and that was the coolest plane ride I have ever had.

We got to stay in GOSPA hotel and my boss Teet immediately brought us smoothies from Fresh smoothie bar. For a lunch, we all got together and later we had a meeting in our new office.

This is the first team photo in our new office and hopefully not the last one. Two of our co-workers managed to flee before the photo was taken. After our business meetings were done and official part was over, we went to discover Saaremaa.

One must go place is definitely Cafe Retro in the centre of Kuressaare. They have the best fish burger, craft beer and kombucha. And the fish they serve is freshly caught.

On Wednesday, we drove out from Kuressaare to see more of this beautiful island.

In the end, we managed to some photos with our products and smoothies.

Another good cafe we visited was Good Mood Food. The cafe was placed in the owner’s backyard, which was gorgeous with lots of plants and good atmosphere. We chose to eat their most famous beetroot burger and sweet potato chips.

We really can’t wait to go back to Saaremaa, it’s a really nice getaway from the big city and the food is just amazing.

Mallorca getaway

 

For now, I sure know that my place is under the palms and next to the sea. I feel lost when I don’t have those nearby. And I will keep escaping till I move to one of these places, I just haven’t found THAT place yet. Until then, I’ll just continue looking.

As I have been back in Estonia for a month, got a chance for a little getaway. BACK TO SPAIN!

Mallorca – what a gorgeous island. That place had everything I needed. Arrived at the Pure Salt hotel just before the sunset.

You can find me under the 🌴🌴🌴

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Puerto Banus + Guillermo Antonini

 

Had a perfect opportunity to meet a talented photographer from Miami. Guillermo was travelling around in Europe and visited his aunt in Spain.

We took a walk around Puerto Banus and got some wonderful photos. Talked about our travels and that we should definitely meet again in Estonia or in Miami.

He took all the black-and-white photos with his 35mm Canon film camera.

Check out more photos from Guillermo from his Instagram.

Here are some highlights from the photo shoot:

Marbella + Maris

 

After being 2 weeks in England and a week in Scotland, it was time to go somewhere warmer – time for Spain.

I had my cousin/best friend Maris waiting for me in Puerto Banus. We have knows each other from the day I was born. And since she has been away in Spain for a longer time, I found that is perfect to reunite in Spain.

Packed myself ready for new adventures and on the way I was. Had a flight to Malaga and arrived after midnight. I had no idea where I needed to go and just waited for some bus. About an hour later bus arrived and I was a bit closer to ‘home’. From that day Puerto Banus has been my home for almost 2 months.

35mm + Scotland

 

My little side project is to make photos with my grandad’s old 35mm film camera.

When I studied photography then we also learned how to shoot on a film. And it’s the coolest thing you can ever do in a photography. The beauty of not seeing the photos immediately makes it so special. It’s like getting a gift every time I get the photos. Happens often that some of them are not in focus, I tend to mess up at least something, but that’s what I love the most about it, there’s nothing you can do, only do remember the good moments you had.

Here are some I made in Scotland.

Eneka Stewart

Eneka Stewart & Scrum 

Glencoe | Way back

 

As fun, as it was discovering Scotland, heading back to Stirling, was an adventure itself.

It was amazing to go back to Glencoe, it’s a village in Just driving in the middle of the mountains and listening to some good music… could do that every day.

Isle of Mull | Photo shoot on shipwrecks

 

When we started going back to Mull it was again raining like crazy. On the way back we were tired and cold, we only stopped few times to take some photos of the lambs and let the dog out.

Scotland has the cutest lambs ever, there are more of them than people.

We still had one night left on the Isle of Mull, we stayed close to Tobermory.

Tobermory has loads of little cafes and they were adorable. But we were only looking for a seafood place. That was one of the reasons we went there, to get some good and fresh seafood. On Iona, we asked the locals, where is the best place and we got recommended many times, that we should go to Cafe Fish, which was in Tobermory. We managed to get a reservation for the evening.

On the way to Tobermory, we saw several shipwrecks close to the score. We had to take photos over there. Decided to do that before the dinner. Again it was raining, me on barefoot, all dressed up and ready to shoot. Even managed to slip on the way back to the car when we finished. But so worth it.

Finally, we went to get some seafood, the place was empty and we were the only ones there, but the food… hadn’t had something that delicious in a long time. Later they told us that we were lucky and were the first customers of the season. Win win.

Isle of Iona

 

I love travelling around with photographers because your whole life turns into one big photo shoot. I also got so many good tips, how to take better photos, from my aunt.

You take the photo no matter what, even if your fingers are freezing because it’s worth it.

On that day the weather was the craziest, from the sun to hail. And ofc, it was the worst when I was on my barefoot, but everything for the photos.

The night before we had walked on the other side of the island. Now we walked the other way and it was about 3-4 km long,  walking the unknown road which went up and down took us almost all day.

We got back to the village before the stores were closed, got ourselves some food for the evening.

Rest of the afternoon it was heavy raining, we decided to stay in, rest and edit the photos we took.