Hi… I’m Lisa Vorraber, I am half Austrian and half Japanese, but sadly I don’t speak Japanese. In my free time I love to take pictures, I go horseback riding and ice skating.
Home is for me, where I feel safe and loved. I grew up in Austria, but I have traveled to so many countries. I have been to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, England, Scotland, Greece, France, Spain, America and Japan. If I would have to choose one, I would take Japan.
I get inspired by a lot of things and people. My inspiration for playing the flute, is the famous flutist James Galway. Whenever I listen to his music, I get some kind of motivation, which makes me practice even more. My inspiration for horseback – riding are the horses. They are so sensitive, loyal and lovable animals. I could spend hours sitting under a tree and watching the horses graze. My inspiration for taking pictures is my inner self. I take pictures because I don’t want to forget the beautiful memories. Only a camera can capture memorable moments forever.
I usually make one big journey in the summer holidays, but during the year, I also travel to places in Austria or Germany. I have traveled to Japan in the summer holidays, which was an amazing experience. Japan is a country, where everyone is welcome.
Although the people don’t speak English, they still try and make you feel like you’re at home. Japanese people are very friendly. They always bow; it doesn’t matter where you are. They bow in a supermarket, in a restaurant, in a museum even in a bar. Furthermore, technically, they are very advanced. They only have automatic cars, they have rear view cameras and you can even install a TV in the car. Yes, Japanese people watch TV while driving.
One more weird thing I noticed was the way they dress. The teenage girls really wear short skirts with socks and platform shoes. It looks so terrible, but I don’t think that they care what other people think about them. One positive thing about those shoes is that it makes them taller. Japanese people are really short. I had a normal height there, although I am a small person here in Austria.
I stayed in Japan for one month and I wish I could fly over there right now. Although it rained for three weeks, because there were two typhoons, I still had a great time.
I didn’t really prepare that much, because I had the possibility to stay at the flat of my boyfriend’s mother. She did all the preparations for us, which was good for me, because I can’t read or speak Japanese.
I think you have to have a lot of confidence if you really want to do travel photography. For example a person, who can’t speak a word of Japanese, could not travel to Japan without company, because it would be too complicated. Gladly my boyfriend played “interpreter”, which helped me a lot. The most challenging thing was the communication. I couldn’t really talk to anyone, because they didn’t understand English. I also think that you have to know a lot about the place before you travel there, otherwise it will take too much of your time, if you have to study everything over there. Travel photography requires a lot of confidence, but if you think that you can do it – you can!
Likes and dislikes of my recent trip:
+ friendly people
+ many things to see
+ beautiful country
+ good food
5 Golden rules I follow:
Never give up.
First think before you speak.
Listen to your heart.
See the positive things in life.
Don’t break promises.
What are your goals or dreams for the future?
I would like to work in a travel agency, because I just love to travel and plan journeys. I love making people happy and I wish I can do this in my future job.
If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…
I would take pictures of Taylor Lautner, who is a great actor. J