On Burdah Bridge 300m up
Fantastic shot, what a place!
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On Burdah Bridge 300m up
Fantastic shot, what a place!
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Yesterday Hannah and I spent the entire day in Lima getting a personal tour of all the tourist sights! Pancho, a staff here at the orphanage, offered to take us and show us around because he is very familiar with Lima. Graciela, another staff here, also came along. It was a really fun and interesting day! We arrived to the center of Lima just in time to see the changing of the guards where the president lives. I learned some cool history about Lima and Peru, and got a good taste of what Lima is like! It was especially cool for me, having studied Spanish and Latin American culture and having been to Spain, to see the influence of the Spaniards on the Peruvian architecture. This time we ate at an actual Peruvian restaurant called La Muralla, and I had lomo saltado, which is a typical dish here. It’s marinated strips of steak served with rice, french fries, onions, and tomatoes all mixed up in one sauce, kind of like a soy sauce. Sooooo good!! Anyway, I’ll write more about the actual places we visited when I post all of the pictures on Facebook, which probably won’t be until I get home. But for now, here’s a couple pictures of the day we went to to the beach here in Lurín, and a couple from Lima!
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This is a photo of Guzelyali Beach in North Cyprus, eastern Mediterranean. The Med is in the foreground, with the Taurus Mountains of Turkey on the horizon, and my tootsies at the bottom. Most times you can’t see the mountains but in certain atmospheric conditions, the coastline suddenly appears, almost like a mirage. In this photo you can clearly see the snow on the mountains, but luckily we don’t get very much here on the north part of the island at all. Guzelyali Beach, on the western side of the historic port of Kyrenia, is one of the beaches where green, caretta-caretta and loggerhead turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The other beach is Alagadi, on the eastern side of Kyrenia. You can visit both beaches during mid-May until mid-October, but nests are protected with cages and you’re not allowed to disturb them or turtles if you go swimming. At night you can take part in “Turtle Watch”, and see these endangered turtles hatching from their nests and running back into the sea. These turtles are less than half an hour old, however, numbers of watchers are limited. There are also programmes in place to monitor and protect the turtles, their nests and the hatchlings. There are plenty of other scenic destinations in North Cyprus, including the three Crusader castles, Kantara, Buffavento and St Hilarion, the historic ruins of Salamis on the south coast, the historic port of Famagusta, and the old city of Nicosia. Plus, there are lovely views out on the Karpaz Peninsula (including wild donkeys!) which is the last unspoilt wilderness in Europe. We moved here from Australia in 2012 and love it as it’s a little piece of paradise – unspoilt, non-commercial and Turkish-Cypriots are incredibly friendly, helpful and sociable, plus they have a great sense of humour.
Nice shot, very well done!
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Really fun shot!
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This picture was taken from our tent while we were viewing the mighty peaks, contemplating on things and enjoying each other’s company. Fantastic place made even better!
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Travelling solo is liberating in more than one way. The moment of truth is when you decide to go solo, the fear of the unknown will sink in but those who gets over this initial fear will have the world at their feet. Whether you are a male/female, traveling solo is a big decision and it gets more intimidating if you are traveling to a foreign land.
Lets take a look at things to keep in mind:
Be safe and travel without fear. Happy travelling, ladies!!!
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Beautiful shot, such an awesome part of the world!
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Edge of the World
It’s funny how often my Photo-Heart Connection image turns out to be one that I took at the very beginning of the month. I just finished the first month of my 365 project, so I took a lot of photographs this month, and there were quite a few that I liked a lot. But when I reviewed the month, this image, taken September 1, was the one that had the most meaning for me.
That’s me sitting there — you probably knew that already — perched on the edge of the driveway, posed in front of the view that I see from my front window every day. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? The layered mountains with their ever-changing light and shadow, the wide-open sky, the rural character of the neighborhood, the horses down below peacefully enjoying their breakfast.
My mind also fills in all the things you can’t see here: the mountains that wrap the rest of the way around us, the birds, the bunnies, even the lizards and snakes and coyotes, oh my! Then there’s the cottage, perfect for my needs, everything I could desire. A charming small community. My sister and brother-in-law, their friends and extended family, all the kindest, most generous people you could imagine.
“Okay, so where’s she going with this?” you may be wondering. I’ve been asking myself that question for months. The answer is, I’m leaving. Moving back to Maine.
It wasn’t an easy decision (understatement of the decade) and I still ask myself sometimes if I’m crazy.
There is so much that is good here, so much that is beautiful, and I’m more grateful than I can say to have been able to explore and share it for the past year and a half. But my deepest heart is longing for rain, for trees, ferns, moss, and most of all, the sea. I fell head over heels in love with Maine the first time I set foot there. It somehow felt like home, like “me,” in a way no other place ever had. For twelve years it was home, and it’s calling me back now.
I had to come here, to try this, to know if it was right for me. I’ve learned a lot. I love this place, and I know I want to come here again — to visit. But I also know I have to go back, to where I’ve learned I need to be. There’s a lot of work to do to make it happen, and a lot of uncertainty at the other end. I’ll be leaving here the first week in November, returning to Maine just in time for winter.
I probably am a little crazy after all.
And that’s my Photo-Heart Connection for September. You can click HERE for this month’s linkup at Kat Eye Studio. Thanks to Kat for hosting this monthly practice and linkup!
Amazing picture, tough decision but there’s really no place like “home”.
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After having a couple days to reflect (and mostly catch up on sleep) I have to say that the month long owner’s trip could have been worse. Sure, some crazy stuff did happen and sure, there was drama, but when all is said and done, we got off pretty easy compared to what kinds of things happen on a regular basis in the wild world of yachting. For example, yes there was bedwetting, but that was nothing in comparison to the serial pooper from my STCW instructor’s yachting days (it also helps that cleaning sheets wasn’t my responsibility, but I digress…).
We weren’t entertaining wild bachelors looking to score and up all hours of the night (cough, Below Deck, cough) and we weren’t scrambling around to meet to frivolous demands (too much…). What we had was a family, and what family doesn’t come with a little crazy? To also be fair, as a nanny onboard, I consider myself extremely lucky that I was able to partake in much of the off the boat activities that came about.
There were long hours, four weeks of working without a day off, the stresses of being confined to our small spaces below deck, things broken, tantrums thrown, hitchhiking (yes, hitchhiking), and other countless instances that would make you scratch your head, but all in all it was a successful trip. This is the job we signed up for, and as with all jobs, it comes with it’s own demands and downsides. But look at it this way: now we’re in Alaska with a yacht, a tender, kayaks, and time to kill.
Things could be way, way worse.
Great shot, astonishingly beautiful country up there!
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Bom dia com alegria!! O fim de semana está à porta e tenho bons planos, a feria de gastronomia de Valência, uma prova de vinhos e trekking fazem parte dos meus planos !!!
Hoje continuo com fotos das minhas últimas férias na minha bela ilha, Madeira!!! Se no meu último post declarei o meu amor pelo mar (podem vê-lo clicando aqui), neste post apresento-vos outra das minhas grandes debilidades: as montanhas madeirenses! Já subimos ao pico mais alto da ilha, o Pico Ruivo, neste post, e as fotos de hoje na zona do Paúl da Serra e Serra d’Agua.
Espero que gostem das fotos e obrigada pelos comentários!
Ps. Nas fotos em que saio com a minha família, parecemos cansados? Sim! Temos uma boa desculpa, acabávamos de trocar as sapatilhas de montanha por umas chinelas depois de acordar bem cedo e fazer uma caminhada de umas 4 horas.
Fantastic shot, above the clouds!
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NAGSASA COVE is a 2-hour wavy boat ride from Pundaquit beach Zambales. There are some boats that can go faster but in our case, it was 2 hours. The place is kind of isolated and you only have 2 options when going there – ride the boat from Pundaquit or the 4 hour hike through Mt. Nagsasa.
Beautiful picture, wouldn’t mind being there right now!
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South of Cathedral Cove, on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, a woman enjoys the peaceful end of Hot Water Beach, one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations.
What a beach! Really nice picture.
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This is a shot from my recent solo adventures down to Koh Tao in the gulf of Thailand! The trip came as a small personal reward after working for one year in Chiang Mai for a small NGO called ATMA SEVA, previously featured on this blog actually! This is overlooking Mango Bay on a day when I rented a motorbike to cruise around and explore the island. Such a beautiful spot overlooking the better part of the northern tip of the island. I felt so lucky to have been able to travel there and spend a few days soaking in the sun, getting my scuba certification and enjoying my last week in Thailand. Anyways hope you like the picture!
What a beautiful place! And thanks for all the good work you have done.
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Good shot, the red really is quite strong in this one!
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