Unbearable lightness

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In 1988 the book was made into a film by director Philip Kaufman. In it we have Daniel Day-Lewis as Tomas, Juliette Binoche as Tereza and Lena Olin as Sabina. The film is a wonderful adaption of the book, though - as is always with film adaptions - there were many moments and thoughts from the book missing in the film. With this particular film I understand the difficulty though. The book is filled with extended trains of thoughts and small notions that in any case are almost impossible to visually translate, and in the context of a film they aren't as essential as in the book.

The film is a beautiful translation of the book with an abundance of what I would consider to be some of the greatest actors and actresses of our time. The imagery is simple and natural, but at the same time very stunning. In fact so much that I had saved over sixty screen caps that I wanted to post here. I began writing this post with the intention of posting all those screen caps, but it became impossible in the end. Instead I decided to focus on the relationship of Tomas and Tereza, which does not show the whole essence of the film, but is nevertheless a very important and central element. Enjoy.


What I'll do when you are far away

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us This has now become my favorite dress/piece of clothing in general to wear around the house. I like the easy, cotton fabric and the deep, open back. Also, the shape of the dress in wonderful and fulfills its potential when moving around. Yes, this is actually a piece of clothing which becomes all the more beautiful with movement. A rarity these days, I find.



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Just a little reminder that I still have a tumblr. I'm actually liking posting on tumblr more and more, as it satisfies my aesthetic/visual "needs" more than this platform does. I just think I have to figure out something that's going to inspire me to be more creative here. That's all I really want, a place where I can be creative in the way I want. Sometimes it's just too tiring with all the html-coding one has to do to make it as one wishes. I wish someone would make a touch-screen blog editing program where I could do whatever I want from a visual standpoint, intuitively using my hands and having no restrictions.


Lost in the world

I think I might have included this song in some kind of post before, but doing something good twice really doesn't hurt, does it? It just so happens that Bon Iver is one of my favorites in all of this world, and that Justin Vernon's voice makes my heart go at quadruple speed. It might not come as a surprise then that I absolutely love this collaboration he did with Kanye last year or whenever it was. All I know is that this song is pretty, pretty solid, in lack of a better explanation. The best explanation is the song itself, I guess.


Velvet morning

I've listened to the Temper Trap's new album lately, but it hasn't yet entranced me in any special way. I do like some songs though, particularly Miracle. I think it's just that I expected a grander sound in many ways, a continuation of their first album but on speed or something. I listened to them trying to convince myself on my way to class, but finally mixed it up again and found that Velvet Morning by Weird Dreams suited me much better today. A good song for walking under the morning sun.


In the sand

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Image Hosted by ImageShack.us Since the last post some ten days ago nothing has really changed, and the weather is still the same (except for some unexpected rain showers here and there). I have, though, run the first Acropolis Half-Marathon (and also my first half-marathon ever), and in that occasion wanted to post some sports editorials, seeing as that seems to be relevant now or whatever. But then I thought, enough with the sports clothes and running for a couple of days, let's look at something linked more with relaxation - the beach and beach wear. Now I usually don't like beach wear editorials at all, they're all the same boring copy of the other, showing an unrealistic "ideal" instead of the actual beach wear. This editorial however, is somewhat different. And just how elegant I would like to look at the beach.


Sea salt

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us It's only the beginning of May, but Athens is burning up, more so than usually actually for this particular month. This of course means heading over to the beach and basking in the goodness that is the beautiful ocean and the devastating sun. And I always love the smell of sun screen under one's nose tip. Ah, joy! 

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Greek yoghurt scones

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us It's time to turn a new leaf here on this blog. Though I love music more than anything, I do have other pastimes as well - such as cooking and baking. How I love blending ingredients - essentially tastes, smells, colors and textures - together. Suddenly it hit me, I cook and bake all the time, so why not share some of my recipes. In truth many of my recipes aren't really recipes, but different experiments of what I think and hope might work together. Today I found myself wanting scones - a baked good I made all the time for breakfast before, but that I haven't made in ages. And why not put some Greek yoghurt in the mix, I thought. I am, after all, in Greece as we speak. The result was quite the tasty scone, soft and fluffy with the perfect balance between salty and sweet. As I've mentioned in the little recipe I made above, I suggest pairing the scones with fig jam, feta cheese, pesto and maybe some honey.


On the run

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us So lately I've been running a lot. I've made myself a route around my neighborhood that my new Nike + GPS app I've just downloaded (I know... getting serious here, haha) tells me is about 8 kilometers. Running is always such a hassle when beginning, but after about half an hour it's quite ok, even bordering on fun... or at least refreshing. But running is nothing without music, at least not for me. Here is a selected number of songs I listen to when running. The actual playlist on the iphone is longer, but I always end up skipping over half of the songs I've put there. These songs do my running some good. Some of the songs I don't really listen to usually, but nevertheless they have the right energy and tempo for staying on track and trying to keep going.