The Seaside Calls


One girl's mission to escape monotony

Stone Church Ruins | Eleroy, Illinois

The Old Eleroy Stone Church

You know the best thing about road trips? Besides snacking on beef jerky and slurpees? Finding weird things on the side of the road. Especially abandoned things. If it looks like it’s been forgotten by society, I’m in love. This was one of those discoveries that was a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

We were driving from Galena, IL back to my aunt’s home in Chicago, when I noticed this stone church¬†without a roof, and very clear signs of fire damage. Obviously I made my aunt pull over, and I went in to explore. The caution tape did not deter me… in fact, it made my rebellious side come out. I wouldn’t say I break the law often, but I’ve definitely done my fair share of trespassing. I think most photographers have a tendency to do things like that, but it’s totally fine because it’s all in the name of art ūüėČ

 

After doing¬†a little research, I found out that this building actually hadn’t served as a church for a couple decades, and had recently been utilized as¬†an antique shop. The owner lived inside, so unfortunately he lost both his shop and his home… and possibly his cat, from what the locals¬†were saying on Facebook. The fire had taken place a few weeks before I stumbled upon it.

I tried to go in, but I didn’t get far. From wall to wall, the building was completely full of fallen beams, chairs, and other debris.

The stained glass windows had fallen out and were still laying in small fragments on the ground below. The strong scent of fire still lingered in the air.

I don’t know what is to become of this building, or how long it will sit there in this condition, but getting to explore it in its abandoned splendor was exactly the kind of thing¬†I live for.

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Phallological Museum | Iceland

Day 1 In Iceland

The Icelandic Phallological Museum

After strolling a bit more through the streets of Reykjavik, I found what I was looking for.¬†The Icelandic¬†Phallological Museum:¬†home to over 280 real penises from various species, including human! I am a big fan of all things¬†bizarre and disturbing, and this was one of the more bizarre and disturbing museums¬†I’ve visited. And I loved every minute of it. They claim to have at least one penis from every mammal native to Iceland, and they also have some exotic specimen that have been donated, such as giraffe and zebra.

Penises. Need I say more?
Penises. Need I say more?

penis museum

scrotum lampshades
scrotum lampshades
The penis of a sperm whale is proudly displayed in the center of the museum, and it is as big as me. Talk about awkward.
The penis of a sperm whale is proudly displayed in the center of the museum, and it is as big as me. Talk about awkward.
Human Testicle. The penis itself is in a nearby jar, but these specimen weren't preserved properly, so they became shriveled up and discolored. They are currently looking to acquire a "bigger and better" specimen.
Human Testicle. The penis itself is in a nearby jar, but these specimen weren’t preserved properly, so they became shriveled up and discolored. They are currently looking to acquire a “bigger and better” specimen.
They say this jar contains the penis of an elf (it is believed, in Icelandic Folklore, that elves are invisible)
They say this jar contains the penis of an elf (it is believed, in Icelandic Folklore, that elves are invisible)
Turns out walrus penises have bones in them
Turns out walrus penises have bones in them

whale penis 2 jars whale penis

Some of the exotic pieces.
Some of the exotic pieces.