LIFE BEYOND TOURISM BLOG

November 24, 2010

Live again Kratky’s photo-exhibition in Florence!

During the week of November 15, 2010 until November 21, 2010, we had the pleasure of attending a photo exhibition by a Czech photographer, Frantisek Kratky. The exhibition was held at the Auditorium al Duomo, right  in  the centre of Florence, and is another part of our expanding Life Beyond Tourism project.

The exhibition formally opened on the evening of November 15, where guests that included students, professors, and people from around the world, could stop in to enjoy this nostalgic exhibition.

The exhibition showed Italy during the late nineteenth century and is titled: Italy 1897 Stereotypical Views of the Bohemian Photographer Frantisek Kratky. This exhibition was in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic of Tuscany, led by Giovanna Dani Del Bianco.

Many students and professors from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and several other countries, attended the event to support this beautiful cultural encounter. Although this exhibition reveals breathtaking photos of Italy’s major cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice during the nineteenth century, there is more to their histories than just the interesting pictures. This event represents one of the primary aspects and goals of Life Beyond Tourism. It demonstrates the establishment of a cultural link between Italy and the Czech Republic and reveals how a man such as Kratky is extremely interested in discovering a culture other than his own. The manifestation conveyed more than just the major tourist attractions of Italy at the time, such as Brunelleschi’s Dome and Saint Peter’s Square. It instead revealed beyond the gorgeous architecture and into the deeper culture of Italy such as its people on the streets, the animals in the countryside, and the way the two interacted during the time period. It is here that one’s life beyond tourism actually begins. It is only when one starts to interact directly with the culture and environment in which they are surrounded, that they can create an intercultural dialogue that establishes a powerful link between two cultures.

Article by Lauren Di Bartolomeo, United States – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate 2010

October 21, 2010

Solemn water in the hills

[By Marina Rogulina, Tomsk, Russia – Life Beyond Tourism University Delegates Program – September 2010]

All people all over the world, who like to travel, while preparing for their new trip, think about those places which they have not seen yet. We may open google research page and find there are a lot of information about all possible variants for your holidays, prices, comments, etc … One would choose vocations at the sea or visiting different magnificent well-known places in the world. As well, one can find the information about a small town in Altayskij region in Russia. The name of it is “Belokuriha”. According to the advertising prospects, you may have really nice time there, to visit different magnificent places, to have therapy if you need. But the most interesting thing is, in my opinion, the small fountain of solemn water. Unfortunately, there is not any word about it advertising prospects.
Every famous place has its own legends. The purpose of it is to attract the greatest number of tourists. But speaking about this small source of the “saint” water, I must say for sure, that it has really powerful influence on people. The main sense of this power is to cure people from different diseases, either moral or physic. Many people come here not only from the nearest villages, but also from other big cities. Once coming here, you may take a glass of water, just drink it or wash your face/hands with it. It would improve your health, and mood.

It is useful to drink this water for both children and adults. One more fact is that while drinking this water you may think about you wishes, dreams and they will fill with positive emotions and will come true soon.

This water source is called saint because Saint Seraphim gave it to people who were supposed to die soon: they were instead recovering after drinking this water. The source is situated at the bottom of the hill and nowadays people do everything to improve the access to this wonderful place.

 

September 14, 2010

Architectural- ethnographic museum Hohlovka

Perm architectural – ethnographic museum (real wooden city) is located in a village called with the same name, which is 45 kilometers from Perm. The museum is located on a picturesque high hill washed by the Kama river on the three sides.

19 monuments of wooden architecture of the Perm area (XVII-XX centuries) are located here on 42 hectares.
In this area you can see the houses of that period, observe how people lived, and know about their occupation and their way of life. Besides, on this territory there are specific houses: the mill, the fire station, Russian baths and others.

Nowadays,  in exhibitions guests can also see the objects connected with the traditional occupations of local people of that time.

Besides, the guests of this open air museum can also feel the magnificent energy of the place, adore the Urals landscape which is unforgettable at any time of the year.

Life Beyond Tourism University Delegate Natalya , Russia

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