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poetry in motion

dance by the ocean by blusandia

I want to share a poetic piece that I wrote 2 years ago. It was originally written for a person I love dearly — a true love letter. I re-read this letter a few days ago, but I read it with a very different picture in mind. A person changes a lot in 2 years. I changed and with me my perspective on love. I still love him, but my love is not narrowed down to one person anymore. I am in love with you, my friend. …


Travel. London. Couchsurfing.

An embarrassing night in London I will never forget

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Have you ever slept on a complete stranger’s couch? I have — more than I can count on both hands, all over the world.

Sounds crazy? Believe me when I tell you that it is one of the most eye-opening, exciting experiences to open your heart and get to know the world.

And it can go very wrong. This very embarrassing but unique story includes a naked man, hairspray, and a very inappropriate offer.

I don’t know if any situation is more embarrassing than standing in front of a naked man in the middle of the night. …


Photo by Luis Villasmil on Unsplash

After finishing uni, everyone expects you to start off your career path. Actually, in the midst of your studies, you should already look for companies and have an internship secured — before you even finish. So that the transition goes smoothly, and you do not waste any time.

Wasting time for the system are such things as going to travel the world or not finishing your studies because you realise that your passion lies somewhere else. I, obviously, think quite the opposite.

We all should take the time we need in order to explore possible choices, jobs, countries, cities, positions…


PHOTO ESSAY

Adventurous moments captured from all over the world

Collage of travel photos by blusandia

1. Dangerous Beauty

This is a hell of a view. And yes, those are my shoes. This photo was taken during my 3-week trip through one of the most dangerous countries in the world, El Salvador.

I honestly never felt unsafe backpacking through this beautiful South American country — but then I also never walked around alone after dark or showed off any of my gear. I actually had some really nice conversations with locals and enjoyed the quietness less tourism brings. This photo is a reminder that:

Even in the most dangerous places, you can find the most breathtaking beauty.


Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash

I had a dream last night. I dreamed that I was 16 again. I saw my younger parents, their younger friends and I was in the body of the young Laura. But there was one very special difference — I knew everything that I know now. All the experiences I made, the lessons I learned, the knowledge I gained, the people I met, the places I have been.

If You Would Know What Will Happen, Would You Do It All Differently?

When I woke up this morning I had this strange but beautiful sensation — I felt reconnected to my younger self. I am very sure that is what this dream wanted to…


I love eating, and I enjoy preparing my food — but I know many people do not enjoy the process, only the outcome. But they do not know that they are missing the most important part of the journey. Travelling the world, I learned that the most valuable lessons come not at the destination, but on the way to reach it.

The power lies in the process, not the outcome.

And because we all eat — every single day — the process of cooking is one of the most important ones which is largely underrated. Let’s be honest, most of…


Photo by Jason Briscoe on Unsplash

Since I started to train martial arts 16 years ago, I knew this art of living will shape my life forever — and accompany me in every step I take. I am eternally grateful to all my masters for teaching me the art of living — through the practice of martial arts.

These are the 7lessons I learned from practising martial arts — all have the potential to change your life:

Discipline

Discipline is something that many of us are lacking — we might have a morning routine, steady working hours and a well-planned schedule we follow, but that has, in…


Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy on Unsplash

When it first happened, I was scared. I felt anxious, frustrated and a bit insecure.

I need it in my life! What will I do without it? How will I even exist?

Now, does that sound a bit dramatic to you over a broken phone? Actually, it is the cruel reality that most of us face in 2021. We are addicted to being connected every single second of our day. We need to know what is going on (or at least what this little tech device tells us) or we feel removed from society.

We are Controlled by a Machine

What happened to my phone was…


Photo by Rhett Wesley on Unsplash

I arrived without a clue
thinking this was so much less
then what it turned out to be.
I arrived as a body — with hidden pains and judgemental thoughts
blessed with the numbness of ignorance,
stuck in this world of people
trying to find what’s already there.

I know you also have been longing,
longing for that which can’t be grasped,
crying many tears into a never-ending void.
Chasing happiness like this was all we know
when really, it is so much more than a shot of joy.

Then, I followed a distant call and on a wondrous hill…


Photo by Robert Tjalondo on Unsplash

Growing up in a western culture, the word death causes fear and discomfort.

Death is like a dark shadow following you until your last day has come.

Death brings with it sadness, grief and suffering. But it doesn’t need to be like that. Travelling the world, I was fortunate enough to come into contact with ancient cultures and traditions which have a very different approach to death.

When I was visiting Sulawesi, one of more than 17,500 islands that make Indonesia, I was confronted directly with death. The island is inhabited by the Torajan people, a tribe thousands of years…

Laura Blu Sandía

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