Staying in Italy for four days at my blogger friend Italian Hurricane‘s place made me realise how similar Italy and Uruguay are. The architecture, some dishes, the smell of the stairs of the house.. finding Uruguay in those details comes unexpected, and it hits me hard.
It’s weird, I travel several hours by train into Switzerland’s neighbouring country and I find myself reminded of South America, thousands of kilometers away. I’ve always known that most of the Uruguayans are descendants of the Spanish and Italians, but until now the similarities have never been so obvious to me.
The hospitality is also just like how I know it from South America; Chiara’s aunt and uncle who barely speak English invite us for delicious Italian lunch. They are warm people and even though I have to improvise and mix my Spanish, Latin and French knowledge trying to formulate some simple Italian phrases, I don’t feel awkward. A smile breaks every language barrier.
My anticipation grows and I miss the little South American country during my stay in Savona and the days afterwards.
I know I’m painting Uruguay with the pink paint of nostalgia. There are many things I don’t like too much there, such as the limited choice of food, the constant cold, the subliminal fear of being robbed (especially now with my camera equipment). I used to have more unpleasant memories than pleasant ones from my time there, but luckily this has changed during the last two years since I’ve gotten together with my love.
However, Uruguay has also something I can’t find here in Switzerland. Something rustic. The warmth in their language – people you don’t know very well calling you querida or linda (dear or pretty). The willingness to give even though they sometimes don’t have that much. The possibility to talk to random strangers.
Besides my regular fashion/portrait shoots, I’m planning to do some street photography (you can find last year’s photos here) and a documentary project in a poorer neighborhood including the instant camera I got for my birthday last year. Both the street photography and the project will bring me out of my comfort zone again and I wonder how difficult it’ll be this year.
So I’m dreaming again, imagining photographic opportunities that might or might not happen.
I’ve been awfully negligent towards my beloved blogs for almost two weeks – and the reason is Instagram! I met the awesome Dennis from The Vegan World-Traveller for lunch when I retrieved my portfolio. We had some blogger talk and he was able to motivate me to give this app another shot (I was close to deleting my account more than once). So I did.
My goals were to get a bigger audience in Uruguay and find some models (not professional ones of course) for shoots there. I invested a lot of time, but gosh, I didn’t expect to be so successful. I’ve found like twenty models, some fellow creatives (photographers, art enthusiasts and even an actor) and a make-up artist who likes my work so much that she wants to work with me for free (and be photographed too, haha).
Funny enough, there are two newbie portrait photographers who are willing to accompany me on a shoot to learn from me. That’s so crazy when you think that I did exactly the same thing in Uruguay last year, thinking that I’d never get into portrait photography!
Anyways, thank you for sticking with me. I can’t wait to share my adventures in Uruguay with you, but first I have to say goodbye to this phase of my life here in Switzerland. Knowing that things will never be the same makes me quite sad, just like last year in Germany.
Have a wonderful week, my loves. x