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When people think of Germany, they always think of beer, but I live in wine country. The Oppenheimer Schlemmerwanderung is the first major wine event of the season, and really kicks off the nice weather and best time of year to live here. This is the first event my friends and I tend to meet for after a long cold winter, and somehow, this event ALWAYS has perfect weather. I'm convinced witches organize it. Sadly, it's been cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, so we could only attend in our memories, which inspired this map as my happy place.
One of my absolute favourite places to escape to is Cubbon Park, also known as the lungs of Bangalore. This green haven was originally created in 1870 and called Meade Park. It was renamed after Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, the longest-serving commissioner of the city. The park is spread over almost 250 acres and is a treasure house of beautiful and exotic plants, including gorgeous bamboo groves. It is a hot spot for nature lovers, joggers, bird-watchers and cyclists. The park is a major reason why pollution levels remain low in the city centre. A trip to Bangalore is incomplete without visiting this little piece of heaven!
For our family, the happiest place in the world isn't Disney or any place like that (waaaay too crowded), some tropical beach somewhere (far too hot and boring) a golf course, shopping mall or spa. It's our home sweet backyard!
A few weeks ago on a sunny Thursday morning we heard an exotic bird by the back door and soon saw a bright yellow parakeet looking through the window inquisitively. There was no question about it, he was going to come in! And he did. He had lots of food and drink and by the evening we were able to give him shelter in the form of a large cage that someone in the neighbourhood was selling that afternoon. We've had him since - we named him Riki, short for the Maori name of his breed, kakariki. He soon took to his new home and is very fond of the hibiscus tree that my grandmother planted back in Hungary - the only plant that has been following me round wherever we've moved in the last 12 years. Riki is a joy! I've drawn his happy place. (For the record, we have been trying to find his owner to no avail.)
I live just by the South West Coast Path, which hugs around 660 miles of the English coastline, from the rocky cliffs of North Devon, through Cornwall and over to the gentle waters of Poole in East Dorset. At least once a week I walk this path. The Golden Cap is the highest point on the south coast of England and I have looked over to it as I walk the coastline near my home in Devon. I recently I climbed up and down the grass clad, golden cliffs of the Cap to the top. The sky was azure, hawks, and a helicopter circled below me and people on the beach were no bigger than grains of sand. The Golden Cap features in my illustration of Dorset, like a bright beacon, shining its light over the deep blue sea.
Swimming here is my absolute favourite thing to do! Living in London it is a such a treat to be able to swim outside, under a big sky and surrounded by nature.
In March 2020, four days before my flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina closed the borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic and I had to fly from Rio to Brasília immediately. My siblings live here in a beautiful residential complex and they are almost neighbors of each other. It's only 30 minutes from the center of town, but still looks a bit wild, almost like being in the countryside. And that's where I've been stuck ever since. I thank them all heartily. Love, love, love, love.
/// I feel good here with my family, but I also want to express my immense sadness for Brazil, my country that I love so much, for having one of the largest numbers of coronavirus victims in the world. So many deaths could have been prevented.
Sheffield is my happy place, and this is also in honour of my grandad who was born here and spent the war building fighter planes , and of all the Sheffield soldiers who fought so that Sheffielders could continue building their city and building their families, which is why I included the famous Park Hill flats as a symbol for this
My happy place is this small piece of land called Curonian spit. It separates Baltic sea and Lithuanias mainland and is filled with most breathtaking views - dunes, hills, mythological sculptures, old timey villages, wild seashores and enormous amount of pine tress. Also, it holds very dear place in my heart and is filled with so many memories and sentiments.
My local lido is one of my true happy places and it is particularly magical swimming in the off season of early spring. It's a true London oasis, a beautiful 50m pool backing onto Brockwell Park. It is hard to believe you are stone's throw from the urban buzz of Brixton and Herne Hill. I'm not hardy enough to go in without a wetsuit until the dial hits 18 degrees C. The warm-up hot chocolate post swim is one of my essentials.
My Happy Place is the Rhein Riviera in Basel. Here at the river banks is the place where the life happens and everybody gathers. I enjoy the Riviera all year long - to walk when it is cold or to sit there after a swim, grab a drink and some food, draw, play board games, listen to an improvised concert or just to look at the river and the hustle and bustle inside it.