In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 03/10/2012 at 06:11
My memory of Hévíz—a Hungarian spa town—is a memory of sensation. My time there is sacred. It’s not a particularly “exciting” time; it’s a rejuvenating contemplative retreat more than anything. For close to a month, my routine consists of eating, walking, resting, sleeping, soaking in mineral hot springs, and receiving wellness treatments (massages, mud packs, etc.). For me, it is bliss. It’s the closest to I get to God.
On more than one occasion I’ve gone there to disconnect from life-as-I-know-it where I live; to disconnect from computers; phones; responsibilities. Solitude is available in large quantities. I slow down. I stop thinking. And when I stop thinking, I begin to sense life in and around me in ways I tend to overlook during the rest of the year. What I find through disconnection is a reconnection with the language of my senses—and nature.
For example …
From my window each morning
I hear and see:
From the cobblestone streets
I watch and listen:
From the lake—a thermal lake—
I feel my skin enveloped in heat and liquid nutrition:
sweetness in the earth; air; trees:
Well … there’s earth, air, and trees in that video, but you can’t really smell them.
Perhaps one year I’ll capture the scent and share it here …
This post was prepared for:
Language > Place Blog Carnival #14:
Locating the Senses in Language / Place
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This is the only traffic I encountered along the 5 km stretch of forest
that connects Hévíz to Keszthely, Hungary.
Before heading down the pathway, I asked a local woman:
Any wild animals that should concern me?
No, she said, then laughed, and looked at me funny.
For more on Hévíz, go here, here, and here.
In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/28/2010 at 17:32
Trees, the forest, the view from my room in the Hungarian spa town of Hévíz.
Every day, for 21 straight, these birds broke my sleep at 4 in the morning.
Wonder what they’re saying…
Prepared for Festival of the Trees–
a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal.
Festival #52: Healthy Curiosity
In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 09/18/2010 at 21:24
This bird sang for me on a May day in Hungary.
I was strolling streets aimlessly in the spa town of Hévíz.
Any idea what kind of bird this is?
In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/14/2010 at 06:49
swimming sideways at harrison hot springs
a balmy august evening at 10 pm
reverence / luminescence
waves of light
Prepared for Language/Place Blog Carnival #8: The Poetry of Place.
A few words from host Walter Bjorkman > here.