May, 2016

Andrea Salvia // South Italy

Andrea Salvia // South Italy

Andrea is a 32 year old Italian chef and has been making authentic pizzas since last 14 years in various destinations around the world. He states that his passion for food and great money has got him to live in some of the best spots in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Luxemburg, Brazil, and Holland. Travellers come from various parts of the world, and thus food becomes an important part of their journey. Food is important, almost an itinerary check list. I’ve grown in South Italy where Pizza is a staple, an everyday way of life, and when I expand it to travellers across the world, and if they relish it with a smile, it’s a very rewarding feeling. It’s like sharing my roots, and my childhood, and since it’s such a beautiful memory for me, I want to share it with different people in various spots. Andrea’s dream destination? Thailand, I love the idea of beaches, surrounded with temples and museums all over the country. Andrea’s favourite food? Raw fish. Favourite color? Black.

Marilo Chaves Aeneas // Granada, Spain

Marilo Chaves Aeneas // Granada, Spain

Marilo is a Gitano gypsy from Spain and is travelling slowly to new spaces since the last 10 years, and hopes to cover the entire globe in her lifetime. Her journey has enabled her to live in most major cities in Europe, South America, and all around Asia. Marilo supports herself by creating hemp jewelry, and by doing various jobs in the cities she travels to. She loves children and gives art workshops to them and elderly for free. She considers it as an opportunity to return back to a country and interact with it in a balanced way. One thing you totally believe in? Life after death.  Biggest fear: Am very scared of being stuck in one place, where am unable to grow my thoughts or my self. I want to learn and grow constantly, all my life and not live in one place for too long. It’s like self imposed paralysis. One message to the world? “Enjoy this Sharing.” Craziest encounter while on the road? Surviving Mexican Paramilitary, from very very close, when I was visiting the indigenous tribes there. It bought me a whole new meaning of life, and respect for every moment. While most of us take every day for granted, there are races across the world for whom every breath is like an opportunity. It made me want to live NOW. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? I’ll still be travelling, but to more natural, organic spots and spend more time in one place. Favourite music? Flamenco and Arabic. Favourite food? Fresh salad, with olive oil. What would you want to be in your next life? I’d want a Gitano gypsy’s life again, so I keep travelling, over and over again.  

Kohei Takamatsu // Tokyo, Japan

Kohei Takamatsu // Tokyo, Japan

  Kohei began travelling at the age of 19,  after studying Violin professionally in Japan.  His nomadic path moved to around 7 countries but it was in India, where he found a life changing inspiration. He discovered Bihar as he chanced upon visiting the slums and orphanages in rural villages, a new sense of understanding dawned upon him. He states that he felt an intense desire to share the music he has been playing with the kids, as music is therapeutic. It was this decision that changed his life goals and he moved to India permanently and is now in Delhi studying Hindi so he could impart violin training to people. He wants to become a music teacher in India and teach underprivileged kids across the country. He now speaks and writes Hindi perfectly. How was it to change and immerse into such a distinct culture from Japan? “I love the culture in Japan, its very polite and really fast changing. However, one cant be direct and open in Japan, there are too many etiquettes and layers to words which destroy the essence of real communication, I prefer it open and clear. I like India; people here are really direct and things just happen. I never felt as happy and myself in Japan, as people are forever busy making money and work like robots. There is no time for family, friends or to think where life is going. I love my culture but I am different from them. I feel amazing here in India, since there are very few great violinists in the country – I feel I can change things here, which is brilliant. You moved out at a very young age, how did your friends and family respond to your life change? Of course there were differing opinions initially. I…

MATTER Editorial // Marie Dls // Paris

Marie is a Parisian who lived in Sydney and studied Contemporary art education. A silent observer, Marie loves coffee beyond measures and it plays a vital role in her travel itineraries. She does coffee travelling across the world to Vietnam, Turkey, Australia, Vienna and of course in her own city, Paris. Cafes inspire me as I spend hours every morning in new territories to observe locals run with their mundane morning routines, while I am the outsider, the spectator. This moves me to create wonderfully unique travel postcards based on the recent muse I discover a particular morning, or an idea I see. This is my most favourite bit of travelling.While in French countryside hearing the usual old men discussing the news at the bar, the early surfers coming back from the ocean in Sydney, the Vietnamese doing TaiChi early morning, while sipping on Vietnamese coffee, the old very elegant men reading their newspapers in Turkey, the luscious Italian espresso near the forum in Rome, the ocean view in Cape Town, I’ve covered it all and made a little collection of my travel scribbles. Marie loves read and imagine about a city much before she steps her foot in it, and discover for herself how close it matched her imaginative perception of that space. Aesthetics define her choice of travel, and her dream travel is Mongolia.

Veronika Kobesova // Prague

Veronika Kobesova // Prague

Travelling was an accident for Veronika a.k.a. Malati Devi, as she dislikes the uneasiness of fluctuating residences, and constantly keeping up with the necessary adversity involved in a new land. As a child however, Malati’s peculiar wish was to dress in ‘the most beautiful costume in the world’ and she made constant efforts to find it while growing. It was when she came to India, she discovered The Sari, and her childhood dream was realized. For Malati, discovering Sari, and to be able to wear it around Indian landscapes and truly interact with a world totally different from her European life, was like living in a movie – something she did not want to give away with her return. This dream further changed the course of her life. Her favourite travel to India and her love affair with Sari inspired her to wear sari for the rest of her life. She thus quit her job, to launch a boutique in Prague that only stocks and sells Indian costumes and fabrics, giving her the opportunity to keep travelling back to India numerous times every year, and also indulge in absorbing Indian culture, its architecture, cinema, music and language; finding the best balance of both worlds. For Malati, India not just changed her, but reassured her of her differences. She states, it took her out of her ‘western cage’ as she was able to really appreciate her differences from contemporary Czech society, and stand out proud for who she is and what she stands for. She is in love with Bollywood, her favourite movie is Devdas, and would like to steal the wardrobe of actress Kirron Kher.

Maeno Setsu // Nagoya, Japan

Maeno Setsu // Nagoya, Japan

Maeno is a 54-year-old Japanese textile artist who is prominently known to be the founder of a special technique of creating dramatic landscapes using the Kimekomi technique; which uses minuscule pieces of traditional textiles, and rearranging them to form a visual artwork. Her theme of pictures is old Japanese towns, and has been doing it since last 30 years, for which she travels all over Japan collecting the Kimonos and creating landscapes from various cities. “I fell in love with Japanese Kimonos, its tradition, the meticulous craft, story and relevance to Japanese history, and thus with Kimekoni technique I wanted to travel and create landscapes of those cities and create an all new meaning to the visual culture” What gets you to India? I was invited by the Indian government to exhibit my works in New Delhi, and thus am taking the opportunity to see a whole new country which is somewhat like Japan, yet entirely different. Saree, just like Kimonos make part of the Indian heritage, and thus for my next work, am travelling to Agra and will be incorporating Saree in the process of creating a landscape collage of Taj Mahal. Whats your big dream? I wish to travel to different countries around the world, with diverse cultures and use their indigenous fabrics and make artworks from it all. If I could go anywhere tomorrow, I’d be in Italy and make a lot of work and learn how to make Italian food.      

Kadri Vahe // Tallinn, Estonia

Kadri Vahe // Tallinn, Estonia

Born and brought up in Tallinn, 37 year old Kadri is a global traveller and a vintage soul who loves the idea of bygone romance, and loves to embrace nature filled destinations around the globe. Kadri and her sister spent most of her childhood summers at the countryside, in the farmhouse deep in the forest; picked berries and mushrooms, ran around bare feet, rode bicycles. That particular visual memory of nostalgia, became the ideal landscape, for the rest of her life. Her usual travelling involves living in a country for over a span of time , and become a local to that place. She has travelled or lived in most of Europe, numerous times in India, North Africa and Central America. After graduating from Tallinn University; she worked in various fields including advertising, design and event management, and with series of interesting co-incidences, became one of the key managers at Ziro Festival of Music, in the quaint valley of North-east India. The one believe that shaped because of travel: I’ve come to believe that everything happens for a reason. People you meet and the ideas you truly believe in,  form a beautiful story that’s interconnected for future series of events that surprises us with awe and beauty. Favourite food? Grandma’s minced meat sauce with boiled potatoes and pickled cucumber. When in Ziro, I love Silk Worms. Favourite thing to do? Currently, Kayaking. It’s my excuse to really escape into Nature and simply absorb exclusivities of nature. If you could get a one way ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would stay here in Estonia. I love traveling but there is no place like being in my little tailored home with my furry cat Aleksander.