So tell me what you want what you really really want..

“For in some ways the world was like a shopping centre, and he himself was a doubtful customer, often ineffectual, being talked into buying things he didn’t want, things indeed which nobody in their right mind would want to buy.”
― Margaret Mahy, The Catalogue of the Universe

You can completely engage yourself every weekend by visiting bazaar’s from every country.  So far I have been to the Syrian, Nigerian and French Bazaar.  They share many of the same items from many of the same venders, but each has their own very, very special take on food and set up.

Favorite faces Favorite places

“For a moment at least, be a smile on someone else’s face.” 
― Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun

Faces are really beautiful to me.

Nigerian Faces I loved

What do you think is the world’s most recognisable container of information? It’s the human face. We are constantly reading each other and responding.

Jan Chipchase

Faces I loved in Nepal

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

Pablo Picasso

Beautiful faces in Venezuela

There’s nothing more interesting than the landscape of the human face.

Irvin Kershner

Beautiful and crazy faces in Korea


Other posts on faces from Where’s My Backpack

Figments, Middleton, Food Face, Elizabeth, Cee, A frog, Le Drake, Oh danny Boy, Quotidian, Lady Lee, Woolley, Tanzania, Sue Judd, Elizabeth, Mecyme, Regional

6 Weeks In – Keeping it Real

I try to keep it real. I don’t have time to worry about what I’m projecting to the world. I’m just busy being myself.

Demi Lovato


Well, here I am.  6 weeks in and still working on getting organized.  I’m having a great time and keeping super busy at work.  It does seem that I’m way too connected to my work to really take time away from it.  By the time I get home, I’m usually too tired to do anything but watch streaming TV.  However, now that I’m sort of settled in, I’m hoping to get back to disconnecting a little and start exploring.  I wanted to take a minute and present some of my favorite first impressions on my new home.
 “I live in my own little world. But its ok, they know me here.”
― Lauren Myracle
The first thing I have really been mesmerized with has been the fact that people carry nearly everything on their head.  Possibly I’m most impressed with this because I can barely walk without dropping something or falling.  It’s super impressive.  Everything from bread to sewing machines. Sadly I do not have a photo of the last. I can completely understand how convenient that would be to free up your hands, but it just seems impossible. Apparently it’s not.
The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.

– John Madden

The next thing I noticed was that you could virtually buy ANYTHING on the street.  On ANY street. ANYWHERE!!  Not even joking.  Hungry?  Check.  Newspaper or book? Check. Fine art, masks, or toys? Check. Bathroom mirror? Check.
Like most of the countries I have been in, there is a network of quasi-broken down cheap forms of transportation.  I have not as yet used one of these and so far, I am not convinced I will.  Most of the roads are great, but as you can see, some are barely passable, even in a bigger vehicle.  I still enjoy watching these industrious individuals transporting people around.
For me, one of the best changes from the last 3 countries I have lived in has been my commute to and from work.  Normally I am either walking to work in a fairly dirty environment, pushing through traffic, or being transported in a very uncomfortable car-pool or on a crowded subway.  Here, a quick trip to a boat ramp about 7 minutes by water and then boom.. walk into work.  For me, a great way to start and end each day.  It also forces you to get to work on time and to leave work on time.
Speaking of water, many people live on the water and live from the fruits of the water.  Everything from tug-boasting to commuting, fishing to dredging sand to sell and just sailing.  The water is an important part of this place.  It’s a main shipping hub and it seems like everything from every country goes through here.   People live in shanties on the water and in high rise condos or on resorts.  It’s such an interesting lifestyle.
“I did things I did not understand for reasons I could not begin to explain just to be in motion, to be trying to do something, change something in a world I wanted desperately to make over but could not imagine for myself.”
― Dorothy Allison, Trash: Stories
I was fortunate enough to go out on a medical outreach where we were able to weigh and measure people, test them for diabetes, provide vitamins and doctor screenings.  My favorite part of the trip was playing with the kids though and learning about their games and teaching them some of ours.  It was  great one day trip and look forward to participating in more of these when they come around.
My favorite part of being here, is being back by the water.  Aside from riding to and from work by boat.  We are close enough to the ocean that an occasional beach day can be had.  I do love the ocean.  So with that I will end this post.  Thanks for visiting.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

Past posts I have missed

  1. LettersFamily LettersLife lessonsRoad lettersTvor TravelsA trivial MindNaomiHow will your future remember you, 3Rs, Middleton, Sea fruits, Below, Partenie, Julie, Gray Hair, Halloween Scare
  2.  Photos we loved, Social Boundary, Barriers ETC,  Witch with a View
  3. Lens n Pens Nature, Mind’s Eye, Nature’s Pace, end of summer, True Friends, Changes, Forest of the Mind, Starlight, Black n white direction of light, sustainability, Indira, patchwork, Into the forest, Street Photos, Angeline, NW Frame, Halloween

Preparations – Time with the family

On On…. After leaving Nepal back in July I was able to spend some time with the family before taking off to get to my training for my next destination.  It has been difficult to keep up the blog while traveling, but thought it would be fun to give a huge shout out to the good ‘ol US of A and of course I need to start with time spent with my family.

Starting from the beginning.  I dropped in on my daughters a few days earlier than expected and was able to surprise them.  It took about 3 people, my dad, my photographer and a friend to organize this event, but I was able to pull off the surprise…priceless and such a great memory.



My dad had been off and on not feeling good for a few months and I knew it was time to go home and spend a few extra days there.  I feel blessed to work for an organization that fully supported me going to be with my family a little longer than expected and dad also appreciated the effort.  Me being home for a few days longer benefited everyone.

There were too many photos taken during my time in Spokane.  Some from Coeur D Alene and Valleyford and some from Spokane.  It was difficult choosing my favorite family photos.  I was there a month and enjoyed every bit of it.  It’s amazing how much you appreciate your family when you live so far from them.

I was able to visit a dear friend from high school and take my kids and grandkids to a horse riding trial.  I initially mistakenly thought I was taking them to an actual rodeo!! So much fun to see the kids enjoying the even and my friends boys were awesome on the horses.

Colbert, Deer Park and Springdale

I was also able to meet up with dozens of friends and reconnect. Not nearly enough time with my friends, but this trip was about spending the most time with dad and the kids.  Well worth it and my best friends definitely understood that.  I love them all and ended up wishing I had had even a little more time.  I just can’t complain though.. it was all good.

Starting out in Spokane, I was able to say good-bye to dad, get matching tattoos with my daughters and my niece, who would be riding with me to Ohio, felt comfortable enough to let me know how she felt about me talking too much during the ride.

There you have it.  The very first part of my travels was about to begin.  Over the next few days I was able to drive from Spokane, to Minnesota, to Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to Boston, to NY (fly to Toronto) and then make it to DC.  No amount of photos can really demonstrate the entire trip, but I hope you enjoy the small smattering of what I was able to capture.

Road trip itself to be continued… land

Istanbul to Ankara

Land and water are not really separate things, but they are separate words, and we perceive through words. ** David Rains Wallace

“The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts”…..Gerald O’Hara, Gone With The Wind.” ― Margaret Mitchell

Land and water posts: