peeking into

First glance at the Grand Canyon. Took a long walk along its south rim. A realization that standing a few miles north, I would be a mile lower was a fun feeling.

backroads arizona

I miss being on the road for no reason. This is from driving between Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. The gas station was so much in the middle of nowhere that the hand-written sign in the restroom said to conserve water: they have to haul it!

warsaw protests backwardness

November 11 is the Independence Day in Poland. However, instead celebrating over two decades of freedom in our country It's an occasion to show how much divided we are. Last Monday three different events took place in Warsaw. One of them was the "Independence March". Some of the people taking part in it attacked the Russian embassy, there was a siege of two downtown Warsaw's squats, and newly refurbished rainbow - a giant arch on the Savior square was burnt.
Friday was the day for all of the Varsovians, including myself, who do not accept this. There was marching, chanting and kissing under the corpse of the rainbow. No throwing stones, breaking trees, setting cars on fire. Peaceful. This comes out of a anger, yes. But we hate them for hating everything different then themselves in the first place. And we show our disagreement in a civilized way. Glad to see so many people thinking the same way.
Look up more information on last week's events, for instance this Guardian piece.

sunrise in monument valley

And so we're back to the States. I was really specific about this part of the trip: it must be the sunrise when we arrive in the Monument Valley. And so after spending another night in a parking lot of a local Walmart we drove up to see the sun rise above these ancient rocks. Monument Valley isn't really a destination - you can basically drive through it, but that's it. We made a detour and lit a symbolic bonfire and we were on our way back to Flagstaff to have the biggest breakfast in our lifetime.
PS. Just spent two afternoons trying to figure out what on earth is messing with my pictures - turns out it's an automatic setting: google plus picture "enhance". Fuck you, google!