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Feb 14, 2018

A week with my father. Los Angeles 2017

March 2017.

I wanted to know him as a human. As a man. Not just as my Father.

He is one of the most important people in my life. We are very close and yet, I knew him mostly as Dad. As a parent. From a daughter’s perspective. I wanted to know more.

I wanted to spent some intentional time with him, filled with conversations and questions and discoveries and fun.

I wanted to take him to a place he only knew from TV and a place he would never choose to go to himself. I wanted to give him a little bit of fun back for all the sacrifices he made for me. For all the support he has always shown and for always being my cheerleader.

This week spent together was everything and even more than I had hoped for.

We laughed so much, we explored some, we were a little bit touristy, we had conversations that cracked my heart wide open and we shared tears. It was so interesting to realise how we are connected by shared human experiences, not just by birth.

Having an adult friendship to a parent is such a sweet, strange thing. I am so thankful that I get to experience this and that nobody can take this treasure away from me. It’s going to stay with me for the rest of my life.

The evening on a rooftop bar in West Hollywood, where he told me what he thought of me and we talked about childhood and marriage and regrets.

The night we watched the sunset on a beach in Malibu in complete silence. The bike ride at Venice beach and the terribly awkward Hollywood Homes Tour, making fun of our completely disimpassioned tour guide together.

My Dad’s reaction at the airport when he found out where we would go. His reaction when we received a Mustang as a rental instead of a Ford Fiesta ( I still have no idea how that happened ). His reaction when he saw the Hollywood sign and all the names on the Walk of Fame he knew from his childhood. His reaction to seeing the sea again. His reaction to meeting Italians everywhere. When he saw Cindy Crawford and he couldn’t stop staring and me making fun of him for the rest of the week. His attempts to speak english with everyone. His eyes when he whispered ‘Thank you’

It brought me joy to see him happy.

All of the memories are so intense and I can’t believe I get to treasure them. To know more, to be on the inside of a precious secret.

I filmed lots of little moments during our week there, mostly to send to my mum – and decided to create a film from a few of them. It’s not a great travel vlog, but I made it for my own memory. It may mean nothing to anybody else, but it means so much to me. You can watch it here if you like.

 

 

Photos shot on Nikon F80, Fujifilm Superia 400. Developed by Carmencita Film Lab

 

Here’s our little adventure:

Comment :
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  1. Céline

    February 15th, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Das ist unglaublich schön. Ich habe Gänsehaut beim Lesen bekommen. Danke, vielen Dank, liebe Nadia, dass Du mich an meine Eltern und meine Dankbarkeit für sie denken lässt. Und dass ich diese beiden Menschen viel zu oft für selbstverständlich nehme.

  2. Nicole

    February 15th, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    So schön, dass ich jetzt Tränchen in den Augen habe. Wie schön, dass Ihr Euch so nah seid.

  3. Maïlys

    February 15th, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    I love this so, so much Nadia! What a nice surprise! You’re such a beautiful person inside and out! And your dad seems so happy <3 I'm sure both of you will treasure these moments forever! It makes me wanna go on an adventure with my dad too <3 I love the LA atmosphere that shines through your pictures.

  4. Anna

    February 16th, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Wunderschön <3 für so eine Beziehung kann man so dankbar sein! Wunderbar!

  5. Lilli

    February 16th, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Du und dein Vater, herzallerliebst!

  6. Elisabetta

    February 16th, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Non ti dico quante lacrime Nadia… Cosa darei per avere anche solo una giornata con il mio in questo momento :'( Tienitelo caro, tesoro… I papà così sono davvero speciali… <3

  7. Skye Kiss

    February 16th, 2018 at 3:31 PM

    This post is so timely as I am just about to lose my beloved dad on the other side of the world in Australia. What a beautiful thing you did, creating such special memories you will both hold onto forever. I shed a few tears watching your vlog, thank you for sharing!

  8. Hati

    February 19th, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    2015 habe ich 10 Tage gemeinsam mit meinem Vater Urlaub gemacht, das war auch eine ganz tolle Erfahrung, ich habe ihn nochmal ganz anders kennengelernt. Du und dein Vater wirkt so glücklich und dein Papa hat genauso eine tolle Ausstrahlung wie du!

  9. wiebke

    February 20th, 2018 at 2:26 PM

    Das ist so, so berührend! Gänsehaut und Tränchen im Knopfloch. Wie wunderbar, dass du solche Erinnerungen mit deinem Papa erschaffen konntest und nun teilen kannst, dass ihr diese Zeit miteinander verbringen konntet und euch anders und vielleicht intensiver kennenlernen konntet. Und wie immer bin ich dir sehr dankbar, dass du diese – doch sehr privaten – Einblicke mit uns teilst, um uns daran zu erinnern, was im Leben wirklich zählt und wichtig ist. ♥

  10. Rianca

    March 2nd, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Tears in my eyes from all the beauty you’ve captured. <3

  11. Kelly Green

    March 5th, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Such beautiful photos & memories made :)

  12. yiannis alefantou

    March 10th, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Nadia you just describe also a dream from the father side… God bless you girl… you create lifetime memories… and anyone who is a parent like i am can only have tears right now… after this post… you are an amazing person my love…

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