Tuesday 10 July 2007

WASBE 2007 Conference, Ireland

My brother is currently in Killarney, Ireland. He is attending a World Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference. So if you are in the neighbourhood from 8th to 14th of July I guess you should not miss this event.
Unfortunately I won't be able to attend.

He has been chosen to play in the WASBE International Youth Wind Orchestra as a lead tuba player. He is the only Slovenian musician to play in the orchestra this year. We're all very much proud of him.

I hope he is enjoying Ireland.

He took his camera with him, so I hope he'll share a photo or two when he comes back.
If you are interested you can visit his Tuba Blog at tuba-blogging.blogspot.com.


Wednesday 4 July 2007

Malta experience

The other day my girlfriend and I did a short presentation on our trip to Malta. This time it was for my mother's colleague and her husband.
We always enjoy sharing our stories and tips with everyone interested. They are on Malta as I am writing this and I hope they are having a good time. If they enjoy it only half as much as we did, they will still have a blast.

We went to Malta two years ago (September 2005) and it was just the opposite to our last years (September 2006) Corsica adventure (you can have a taste of Corsica in some of my older posts). We loved both places, but they are just so much different that it's quite hard to compare them, but I'll try to put it in a sentence anyway:

If Corsica throws nature in its best edition straight in your face, Malta on the other hand could bury you under literally tons of history on your every step around the island.

Here are three of my many photos from the trip.

On the first one there is a guard post from the city walls of Senglea - just across the bay from Valetta. Eye of Osiris can be seen on its side (it is supposed to look for the dangers coming from the sea).

The other two show the religious side of the island. Most of the locals are deeply religious. A traveler can see it everywhere - for starters there is an enormous number of churches all over the island, there is a small altar with a saint even on each of the old buses, every city has it's own patron, in whose honor they organize a festival twice a year and so on and so forth.

Maybe I could write some of the highlights of our trip to Malta in one or two of my next posts.
Would any of my beloved visitors be interested in that? Well, let me know...


Tuesday 3 July 2007

Trip to Maribor

Recently I attended a business conference in Maribor, Slovenia. It was only a one day event, so unfortunately I didn't have much time to take photos. Nevertheless I decided to take a stroll through the old city center on my way back to the main train station.

These photos were taken on the main city square. It seems like the City Hall with its clock tower is carefully overlooking the people gathering below. In the center of the square there is a plague monument. It stands in memory of the devastation caused by the 1680-1681 plague which claimed the lives of approximately one fifth of Maribor’s population.

Maribor is a truly photogenic city and it still stands on my photo-shoot list. But then again - what doesn't? ;)

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