Ibiza with Charlotte

Ibiza with Charlotte
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That morning, I woke up on the island of Formentera after only a few hours of sleep. Knowing that what I had ahead of me was a 6-hour wait for my plane in scourging hot weather, I couldn’t have imagined such a fulfilling day — especially not after parting with two amazing friends.
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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It was close to 10 am when I was already snapping photos of the lovely town of Ibiza. Besides sightseeing, I was determined to leave the country with a pair of original Spanish sandals — espadrilles. Wearing things from different cultures makes me feel like a true citizen of the world, and reminds me of how we all have something unique to offer and teach each other.
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Fifteen unsuccessful tries later, the last shop that I was directed towards by locals was where I met the sincere and energetic soul named Charlotte.
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After she carefully placed her hand-made leather sandals on my foot — an enchanting gesture I hadn’t experienced since I was a kid — I simply knew that this was what I was looking for: a passionate person who stood behind her products.
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She told me of her father’s factory in the north of Spain and how her shoes have been selling out like crazy, though she had only just opened her shop. She told me how the craftsmanship is dying out, and shared her passion for the materials that they choose and the care that they put into every detail. We spoke about creativity, design, Spain, Croatia, and our professional experiences thus far. She even offered me to keep my luggage in her store during my wait, as if we’d known each other for years. A mere twenty minutes or so had passed since we had first met, and I already felt as if I had another home in the world.
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We ended our chat with a spontaneous photo shoot of several of her impeccable spring/summer models on the walls of the church right across from her store in Calle San Telmo.
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I was so touched by her kindness and openness. I wondered, what is it in Spanish culture, that allows them to feel so free to be who they really are? How is it that so many of them that I’ve met have such beautiful and honest eyes? I am so thankful to have met her, right then and there. She gave me hope for my dreams of how this world should be.
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Do you ever allow encounters with strangers to inspire you?
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Marija
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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Ibiza with Charlotte
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To jutro, probudila sam se na otoku Formenteri nakon samo nekoliko sati sna. Svjesna da je preda mnom šestosatno čekanje aviona na paklenoj vrućini, nisam mogla zamisliti da ću doživjeti tako inspirativno iskustvo taj dan — pogotovo ne nakon rastajanja s dvije divne prijateljice.
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Već u 10 sati, šetala sam po krasnom gradu Ibizi s mobitelom u zraku, fotografirajući sve oko sebe. Osim razgledavanja, želja mi je bila napustiti zemlju s parom originalnih Španjolskih espadrila. Kupovina predmeta iz drugih kultura u meni budi osjećaj globalnog sela, podsjeća me na to da svi mi imamo nešto posebno za ponuditi i naučiti jedni od drugih.
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Nakon otprilike petnaest neuspjelih pokušaja, zadnji dućan prema kojem su me uputili mještani bio je onaj gdje sam upoznala iskrenu i veselu dušicu po imenu Charlotte.
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Nakon što me obula u svoje ručno rađene kožne sandale — očaravajuća gesta koju nisam doživjela od djetinjstva — znala sam da je upravo to bilo ono što sam tražila: strastvenu osobu koja stoji iza onoga što radi.
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Pričala mi je o tvornici svoga oca na sjeveru Španjolske i o tome kako im je uspješno krenulo, prema je ovo tek prvo ljeto otkako je otvorila svoju trgovinu. Pričala mi je o tome kako im zanat polako izumire i podijelila je svoju strast prema materijalima koje izabiru i pažnju koju posvećuju svakom detalju. Raspričale smo o kreativnosti, dizajnu, Španjolskoj, Hrvatskoj, ali i poslovnim iskustvima do sada. Čak mi je ponudila da svoju prtljagu ostavim kod nje u dućanu dok čekam let. Tek je dvadesetak minuta prošlo otkako smo se upoznale, a već sam se osjećala kao da na svijetu imam još jedan dom.
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Na kraju sam, nekako spontano, krenula fotkati nekoliko njezinih besprijekornih proljetnih modela na zidinama crkve nasuprot njezinog dućana u ulici San Telmo.
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Duboko me dotakla ljubaznost i otvorenost kojom je zračila Charlotte. Pitala sam se, što je to u Španjolskoj kulturi što im dopušta slobodu biti ono što jesu? Kako je moguće da sam ih toliko upoznala koji dijele isti topli i iskreni pogled? Istinski sam zahvalna što sam ju imala priliku susresti, baš ondje i tada. Ulila je nade u moje snove za ovaj svijet.
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Dopuštate li i vi da vas susreti s nepoznatim osobama nadahnu?
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Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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