This morning we woke up in Split. The morning was hectic with the packing and checking out. We had brunch with Z and family at café Bajamonti at Trg Republike (Republic Square). As with most of Split, it’s a place where people can relax, children can run off and play, and that’s what they did. Z’s son played soccer with some friends from school that he ran into by chance. Once again, the scale of the city lends itself really well to that kind of chance meeting.We walked back through Split for one last time and then drove for 2 hours [...]
Typical streets of Dubrovnik and Ploce. We stayed in an apartment with an absolutely stunning view of the Old Town and the Adriatic, on the street pictured above, the one with the pink Bougainvillea. It was approximately 200m from the Old Town Dubrovnik, which on foot translates to 400 steps. 400 steps up, and 400 steps down. I went for a run one evening and got a fantastic workout. I think of the four of us I was the only one who appreciated the terrain.I have a few more photos of the [...]
A remarkable place and people. Revisiting Sarajevo as an adult has had a profound impact on my views on urban design, pedestrian comfort, and everything related. My childhood memories of Bosnia are carefree, ignorant of risk, on foot, and the actual physical scale of places in my memories is completely off when compared to the reality I am experiencing as a bigger, taller person. And I don't really think that one is more right than the other. But understanding this difference is allowing me to begin to understand how children might perceive spaces. I want to write more on this, but will leave [...]
Plitvice National Park in Croatia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its pristine landscape of cascading lakes. This was my third visit to Plitvice. Croatia and Bosnia had just been through a few days of continuous heavy rainfall, but the day we arrived, in the late afternoon, it began to clear up. The following day was a beautiful sunny 25C day. We set off bright and early and were at the gates by around 7am. We had no idea when we started that the paths would be flooded, so we made our way down the mountain side and towards the paths [...]
1. Last night I was awarded Dean's Honours for outstanding academic achievement in the final year of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. 2. My design was published in a book with the best of student designs in 2006. 3. I have a new job!!! My 130km daily commute is finally over. I got a new job, and it's as good as it gets. I will be working in an area where only 3% of Council's 2500 square kilometres is urban land, and the majority of the rest is national parks or protected. Very beautiful. And because sometimes good things come in more than threes: [...]
I'm working on a project in Little River. We were driving to site one afternoon when I noticed these dead foxes by the side of the road. We drove past a couple of sets of them before we stopped for me to take a better look, and photos. Apparently they're not that uncommon. Farmers catch them and hang them. They do it to dogs, too, who can be much worse than foxes, apparently.