iván BRAVE

Writer

From broken wings to zesty food: the country that healed us was Croatia

From broken wings to zesty food: the country that healed us was Croatia

20 December 2018

Lavender fields brushed the side of the island of Hvar. It made us feel calm, those handful of nights in paradise. Argentina had been knocked out of the Cup. Threatened were the vibes. But dinner would that night turn things around.   I couldn’t even tell you who won the World Cup without googling it […]

Russia in bullets, and footnotes (1): the summer saga continues

Russia in bullets, and footnotes (1): the summer saga continues

24 November 2018

*Art: Neva river by Igor Dubovoy • Russia carved a seal upon my head.   • For months, maybe years, the biggest oddest reddest whitest bluest most fascinating country in the world (at the time, still today?) had called to me (2). Here she was, for a she she was, beneath our feet, not so […]

A couple of love stories told this summer in the Land of Eng

A couple of love stories told this summer in the Land of Eng

28 October 2018

The stories we tell ourselves set the standards we live by. The love stories from the title, which are three, are to come. But first, a joust.   An architect, a cook, and a writer walk up to a British immigration officer. This is literally what happened when our father, my brother, and I entered […]

Please Exit the Way You Came: a slice of life, Portugal summer 2018

Please Exit the Way You Came: a slice of life, Portugal summer 2018

8 October 2018

photo by Bert Kaufmann via Flickr   When you think of travel, good food, and adventure, who do you think of? Do you have time to wonder?   Take out your boarding pass. Go.   Entry point: Lisboa, Portugal. June 2018. (Exit port, supposedly, the same city, two months later.)   Meet at the airport […]