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North and South, Battle Reenactment, Galena,IL

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2017 by Giaskyler

In the past, when I thought about people participating in any war reenactment the words: weird and  outsiders who have no friends and need somewhere to go and be weird with, came to my mind.

As a school assignment, my best friend had to attend one of these events for extra credit. She asked me to go with her. I decided to get a closer look and went.

How wrong was I!!

After taking some photos we started asking around. Everybody we asked answered our questions. They answered them with such passion and excitement. I have judged them without really knowing them. When they talked about wonderful family like community they have created, it was, in a way, to be envied that they have so many people to share their interest with. They were not weird and strange anymore. They were passionate, determined, and proud to be different.

What an eye opening experience it was for me. I enjoyed it very much and decided to never pass the judgment on anyone enjoying their hobbies.

Skull Chapel, Czermna, Poland

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2016 by Giaskyler

This is the place I have visited as a child while on an overnight camp. It left a lasted impression on me. I could not get it out of my mind and knew I will do anything to go back there again. At the time I did not have a camera. They were very expensive and I do not know a kid that had one back then.

About 25 years later I found myself planning a trip for my sister and my mom that included visiting this amazing chapel. I was ecstatic. This time I went “armed” with my camera, but was disappointed to find out you are not allowed to take any photos/videos inside of it.

Therefore, I am attaching the link for you all in English, so you can read about the history of the place, and see photos of the inside.

Here is the link:,_Czermna

Basilica Of The Visitation, Wambierzyce, Poland

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , on September 5, 2016 by Giaskyler


It was a place my mom wanted to see on our trip. She took mass in there, while my sister and I took photos (and later joined her by the end of the mass).

It is a sacred church and ground, worshiped by many.

I found this little piece of information (in English) on the internet:

“The present basilica is located on a hill, where in the twelfth-century, stood a wooden figure of Mary, the Mother of God. According to a chronicle from 1218, the blind Jan from Raszewo (Jan z Raszewa) regained his sight there. After the event, many pilgrims began visiting the area.”

…And they do to this day.


Hohenschwangau Castle, Bavaria

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on May 22, 2016 by Giaskyler

Civil War Love Letters

Posted in Photography with tags , , on December 6, 2015 by Giaskyler

Last April I have found myself in the middle of the Civil War reenactment.  I went with my best friend for her school assignment.  I have learn a lot of new things about that period in an American history.

It was a very interesting thing to be a part of, even as an observer.  Plus, a great photo opportunity.


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on January 4, 2015 by Giaskyler

While visiting San Francisco last summer, my sister and I went to Alcatraz, a prison that used to be “home” to the most dangerous criminals in America, including Al Capone. Now it`s a museum.

We took the first boat in the morning. At this time of the day there was not a lot of people on the island. I could take my sweet time taking photos without someone asking me to move.

It is an interesting  place, with breathtaking view of the city. Many birds made it their home. They circle around it making a lot of noise, behaving like they own this island.
We took audio tour where the history of every room in the prison was explained. It was very informative and worth doing. We could stay as long as we wanted on the island, there was no rush from the tour guides.

I recommend visiting Alcatraz to anyone who will be in San Francisco. My advice is to buy the tickets in advance. It is true what the internet says, that they are sold out a lot. On the day we were there the next available tour was 5 days later. I bought my tickets 2 months in advance and even then, the tour I really wanted was sold out (the night tour). So make sure you do it weeks or months earlier, if possible.

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