time to fly.

oh yeah. in the morning we’re hopping a plane to… ireland!

newark international airport. january 2012.

i have three favorite things that i love to do. in a perfect world, i get to do all three at the same time.

  1. write
  2. take pictures
  3. travel

of course there are many more things i love to do… watch movies, visit pubs, ride on a boat, dance, practice yoga, read, etc. but, the things in my life that i cannot live without are the three i listed. they give me purpose, make my life meaningful. of course, i have not mentioned my love,  my family, & my friends. that goes without saying. nothing in the whole world is more important than them. the people in my life are a whole other level.

anyway, this weekend, i get to travel – which also means that i will be partaking in a little photography & writing as well. my love and i are headed to ireland for a long weekend to celebrate the wedding of two amazing friends! we’ll be in dublin for some days on our own, and also at a mansion/plantation-type-place in the irish countryside for the wedding. helloooooo. does it get any better?! we’ve been to dublin before – last fall, actually, to visit the friends who are getting married. a swiss chick & and irish dude. love having international friends. we fell head over heels in love with dublin, and can’t wait to get back to do some shopping, visit some pubs, listen to irish music, and enjoy the jovial, friendly nature of the irish people. then, it’s off to the countryside for a weekend of wedding celebrations. you know i’ll take pics of everything. hehe. if i get a chance, i’ll give you a sneak peek while i’m there, otherwise you’ll have to wait until next week… unless you decide to follow me on instagram (@lizlens) because i’ll be posting pics there throughout the weekend. just sayin’.

and just so you know, i am aware of how blessed and lucky i am to be able to travel to different places. i do not take it for granted. not ever. travel has always been something very important to my & my love… it helps us breathe, it allows us to stretch our minds & encounter different cultures, traditions, thoughts. it teaches peace, it brings people together, it transforms the traveler & the world. to travel is to live. it is to experience life and to live life to the fullest. traveling, for us, is freedom.

well, this post is almost done, i’m all packed, and now ready to get some sleep, so i’m gonna leave y’all here.  don’t forget to check back during the weekend, even if i’m not home… the two chicks & some beer project kicks off tomorrow when we land in dublin! we’ll have some beer tips coming.

here’s to wishing you a fabulous weekend, wherever you are, whatever you doing. and happy labor day to all you americans out there!

it’s time to fly! peace & love.

polar music & patti smith.

it all started with the morning news. i was doing something in the apartment, and just letting the swedish language  in the background keep me company, when i suddenly realized i was hearing english. it usually takes a while before i realize that there is english somewhere around me. i looked at the tv and saw paul simon doing an interview with some swedish person. huh? then i realized that he had been the recipient of some award, the polar music prize, and they were having the award ceremony on tv here in sweden tonight. i had never heard of this award, but got busy on google and i now know that it is an award, begun by a famous swedish musician (someone behind the work of ABBA or something), and it is given to a musician every year to celebrate his or her contribution to the music world. cool. paul simon this year. not my absolute favorite artist, but i do love me some simon and garfunkle. some seriously classic american 60s/70s music.

the interview was over on the morning news, and it was time to move onto something else. i remembered that last night my love told me that patti smith had a new album, so i thought i’d check it out on spotify. and the verdict is, i love it. and then i decided i’d hunt down some images of her on pinterest. well, that led to a whole mess of fun, resulting in me tagging image after image. god, i love her style & her look.

last year, or earlier this year, i read a memoir she had written. just kids. i wrote a blog post about it here. it was amazing to read about her crazy younger years in nyc… broke, sometimes homeless, sometimes unemployed, but always living the journey of an artist. and she is truly an artist of all sorts, taking an interest in photography, poetry, and music; and combining them all in unique ways. she definitely has had her own path, and has followed it for all of her life, listening to her heartbeat & her soul. searching for intellectual, spiritual, and artistic inspiration all over the world. fighting for civil and equal rights. protesting in word & in song. patti smith is an inspiration for me. rough around the edges, punky, tough, and yet vulnerable, drawn to beauty, a lover of nyc, inspired by the world, dramatic, androgynous.

pics from pinterest.

after my little patti smith tour on pinterest, somehow i ended up finding out that patti smith was the recipient of the polar music prize last year. how weird is that? how random? crazy connection! feels like my little patti smith tuesday was meant to be.

so, all day, i’ve just been in a little patti smith world… feeling her desire for art to permeate every breath she takes. and she has inspired me today to always remember what it means to be my own person, to follow my own path, to never give up on that pull that i feel towards living life on my terms… making a difference, discovering my way to give back to the world, but doing it on my terms. and what i mean by that is constantly living with passion.

you know, there is something happening with my love & me in life right now. we’re trying to grab life in ways that we never have before. we’re talking all the time about taking hold of life, being dramatic, and letting what touches us most drive our life. i guess i can describe it that way. well, it’s hard to explain. but, it feel amazing. and to have people who inspire me is even that much better. and hey, after dropping everything & moving to another country, now i believe that i can do anything. i’ve got the power. power to change & live my life from my soul; & power to share life with others, as we work together to create a better world.

do you have someone who inspires you? an artist? a writer? an actor? a person… living or not. tell me about him/her, why you are so inspired by that person? i’d love to find someone to add to my list!

hope you’ve had a great tuesday! peace & love.