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Neon Porn
Wanderlust Stories | Bern, Switzerland
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I happen to quite like signs. My favorite ones are either old vintage ones or Neon. This was taken in the main Bern Christmas Market recently, a treasure trove of Christmas smells, twinkling lights and neon signs. Hot food and hot wine.
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BicycleGeddon
Wanderlust Stories
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While wandering through Switzerland I was thrown by both how well organised and how well behaved the swiss appear to be. I found zero CCTV cameras hardly saw any police and not one single bicycle in the whole country seems to ever be chained up.
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This is the most disruptive scene I came across. BicycleGeddon, was it the wind or some merry prankster. My vote is the wind.
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1939 
Wanderlust Stories
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I found this little badger driving his little red two-stroke engine automobile around the clean and luxurious streets of Bern in Switzerland. 
His licence plate read 1939, which I couldn't decide to be whether politically funny ironic,  or just in secret symbolist, bad badger taste.
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1939 the war in Europe has just been elevated to the status of World War Two. Switzerland had declared itself neutral but in a darker history had also profiteered out of the war and its neutrality. Building its current wealth on the backs of wartime illegal banking and post war Nazi gold
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Then again, its just an old vintage toy badger in a tintin style red two stroke, down a Bern backstreet..... A backstreet that happens to be in the gold merchants area of town......
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Self Portrait in a Freiburg Back Street

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Two Lovely Souls by a lovely waterfall. 
Sometimes just being in nature, in trees, by water with warm hats and good conversations is all our soul needs 
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I am so in love with stories. Real stories about people, the ones that end with hope, the ones that inspire and help others. I love watching people light up as they realise their story is worth hearing and how their body language and confidence grows right in front of my eyes as they begin to realise they are being heard, being validated.
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Stories say that we exist, that we matter
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Today myself and @dottydelightful have been collecting peoples stories on behalf of @camerados_org as part of the @cameradosstorydept.  Stories of hope, of looking out for each other of the beautiful circle of cause & effect, of mutual aid. 
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We heard great stories then a few as pictured, stayed behind to help us decide on the practical side of building a newspaper
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 So what did they receive in return for helping us... Validation, compassion, a place to be, friendships, encouragement, connections, a refuge, lots of tea and lots of cake oh and not to forget the lovely lentil vegan pastries one visitor brought to share with us all but most off all I think we all got a deeper sense of each other, a growing closer together and a place, a space a group we will all forever, feel welcome to
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#humanconnection 
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@maffpotts
A unexpected little bit of Alpine horn blowing not what I expected to stumble upon on a Tuesday night by a river in Basel.

Sounds pretty awesome though, random but awesome

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Tiny Story from Basel | Children of the None-Nanny State Culture

It is quite strange coming from England to a culture that encourages it children to learn and explore with risk. In the UK we have a very Nanny State Culture we suffocate our children's natural urge to explore and grow, we shelter them from any kind of risk through health and safety legislation and unnecessary Laws.

In Basel I am pleasantly shocked to see children not teenagers, but young children using power tools to engrave glass, twiddle wood on lathes, to help a blacksmith hammer out Molten hot metals. Supervised yes, but wrapped in suffocating cotton wool, no.

The problem with our culture (UK) is our government interferes to much in our social and family culture, we have allowed it to suffocate our natural curiosity, to legislate the family, our art, our thinking, our wellbeing and our grieving. The state legislates our communities, our parenting and as such we have given away our individual and community sovereignty
We have a lot to learn from Europe about the Family and Community

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A rooftop view over Bern, Switzerland. A very beautiful place to visit with the greenest fairy tail river I have seen outside of Bath, England. I am quite in love with the kooky little houses and how everything's looks a bit like an old Tinderbox Children's book painting.

I'm still unable to get my head around how  there are no police around or cameras and how safe this place is. On a downside though everything and everyone seems to go to bed real early and there's not much of a city style nightlife.... Although today I found a hill full of Pagan fertility statues and I guess with all the law abiding and early nights I bet there's some weird sex orgy stuff going on behind closed doors As Jung said.. Every one and every culture has a dark and equal shadow side...
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A slightly Pagan looking bar at the Bern Christmas market but then again wasn't some of the Christmas rituals stolen from the Pagans anyway?. Although you do need a mortgage to afford to eat in Bern its main Christmas market is super twinkly and pretty. 
Food costs approximately two to three times more than the same meal from the same shop in the UK. Transport is also a lot more expensive. Cigarettes and Knives are not.

There is a real absence of crime her you never see bicycles locked up no CCTV and hardly any police everyone is well behaved......to well behaved..... ___

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#switzerland🇨🇭 #travelgram #storytelling #storygram #community #blackpoolguy #adventure_culture #storywork #pagan #christmas #paganchristmas #bar #christasmarket #journalstory #neonporn #neonsignage #neonsigns
I visited Bern Cathedral in Switzerland today. Its a beautiful cathedral. It is also strangely, a place were you are forbidden to take photographs which is hard to understand because if I had a place this beautiful I would be greatful to those who showed it to the world. Inevitably a game was in hand were the Bishop knew myself and @vicx107 were up to no good but he just couldn't quite catch us it was a bit like the Pink Pantha show. Some rules just need to be disrupted.

If you ever in Bern it is well worth a visit and a game of "Catch me if You can Bishop"

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Every Friday we hold a drop in day at The Space in Blackpool. It is open to all in true Camerado's style were people from all walks of life come together to help one another.

How do they help each other? Quite simply by being honest, sharing stories, drinking hot cups of soul warming tea and having meaningful conversations together. 
We have artists who help each other with funding bids, people in recovery who need positive people to share their journey to a better life, young and old, professionals and nonprofessionals alike. 
The art of meaningful conversation is what we do well at The Space as well as come up. (together) with the kookiest project ideas and share a story or two.

All though it can be difficult for some with their theories, models, programs and plans to understand what exactly is it that we do. I can a sure you that those who come no matter how alone, depressed or exhausted in their souls they may be, they always stay longer than a while and leave with hearts that are happy.

Human connection is beautiful

The Space is brought to you by

@kanedodgson 
@dottydelightful 
@tomwalsh77 
and gets encouragement and hugs from

@camerados_org 
#Camerados #thespace #storytelling #communitydevelopement #humanlibrary #humanstory #mutualaid #cupoftea #blackpool #connectedness #soulsearch #humanbeing