Many of us are still reeling from the unfortunate year that was 2017. As always the new year was supposed to bring with it opportunity and excitement. But, alas the beginning of January is not a time for inspiration, instead most of us endure shrill winds, consistently dark mornings, dreary jumpers that purely exist to keep us warm and a disheartening bank account. Yes, there’s no worse month than January.
But as stated in a previous post Travel Antics will soon be launching a magazine brimming with interviews and images of local life in every corner of the world. But, before we can move forward it’s time to take a brief glimpse into the dreary depths of 2017 – before we never speak of that year again.
The blushing brickwork of the southwestern French city is a draw for many all over the world. In the usual Travel Antics fashion, we decided to venture to the fourth-largest French city and meet some of the 400,000 locals that grace its cobbled streets. From opportunistic chess players to zen street performers, the locals of Toulouse will have you desperate to hop on a plane and meet them.
Pride in Britain
We took a look at some of the most controversial figures in the LGBT+ community to mark gay pride in the UK. A celebration that began in the 70s and will continue long into the future. We took a look at Russian journalist Irina Gordienko from the newspaper Novaïa Gazeta. Irina and her team were involved in uncovering the massive human rights violations happening in Chechnya involving homosexual men who are shipped off to concentration camps and detained for months to be tortured.
We also took a look at transgender icon Chelsea Manning, who leaked classified war documents containing top secret information to Wikileaks. She was released from prison in 2010 after being incarcerated in an all-male prison.
While some were chowing down on bunny shaped confectionary and other chocolate treats, people in the Sikh and Hindu communities were celebrating Vaiskhai – an annual festival celebrating the Sikh new year and a reminder of the birth of the Sikh order. In Gravesend (a town in the county of Kent – UK) people celebrated by giving out food and drinks, while a colourful parade marched through the town, with sharp swords and brightly coloured robes.
To celebrate Women’s week we took a look at those wonderful women from all over the world creating ripples throughout their industry, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist and self-confest feminist, Sumiko Haneda, a documentary filmmaker from China and JK Rowling, a literary wizard.
It’s not just the people you’ll find lurking in the British countryside. Travel Antics took a trip away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in major cities and went to meet some furrier folk in Knole Park – Kent’s last medieval deer park, home to over 350 wild deer.
Street art has been breathing life into dilapidated parts of cities for years. What was once a dreary and often depressing part of a city is revitalised with art and colour. Travel Antics took a trip to the European capital of urban art – Barcelona, where there’s a new piece of artwork around every corner. You never know what you’ll discover.
So, now we’ve had that little trip down memory lane it’s time to move on and celebrate new beginnings in 2018. See you there.