iván BRAVE

Writer

A Listicle of Fantasy Trips

A Listicle of Fantasy Trips

2 March 2019

Why not jot down the top ten bucket-list trips I would fancy? For now they are fantasy, that is deliberately wild. But thus all the more dreamy. Can you guess the common thread?   1. TRANS-SIBERSKI-EXPRESS The first would take a good two months, to do it real chill from tundra to camp, Moscow to […]

Naples, Napoli, Nápoles: the last installment, the first chapter

Naples, Napoli, Nápoles: the last installment, the first chapter

26 January 2019

Together, time stops. Apart, time turns to bring us together. How many days and how many nights Have I held your heat to my chest, turned memory to immortal treasure, from one of your tiny corners gone down to count dawn’s sails about your sea? History upon history, endless history Ruins or trash, what’s the […]

Sicilia: a mistake to mull over, sing-along

Sicilia: a mistake to mull over, sing-along

5 January 2019

A good chorus can be happy, tragic, annoying but catchy.   Like the one that goes: And I don’t want the world to see me / ’cause I don’t think that they’d understand.   But I know that you will, you will understand. So I’ll show you, I’ll show you what happened in Sicily.   […]

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 […]