Finally on my way to Nepal and so it’s only fitting I complete Ailsa’s travel theme this week with my photos of traveling through Hong Kong. I hope you enjoy.
I am finally done with my language training and in honor of passing my program I bought myself a little present. It’s still a point and shoot just a better version with a better optical zoom. It’s a Sony Cyber Shot with a 50x optical zoom. It also has some fun features like “illustration mode”, “water color mode” and a few that I haven’t quite figured out yet. I’m still getting used to some of the different special effects. Some I like and some make me feel that the picture is not actually real. I think it’s the HD black and white especially that I’m not sure if I like because it’s almost too intense.
Anyways. I am currently on a 4 day lay over in Hong Kong before heading on to Nepal. I decided to play with some of the camera’s special effects, test out the zooming ability as well as try taking some plain old normal pictures. I hope you enjoy my attempts.
I like odd angles and I definitely have an unusual point of view on most things. I like eccentric and odd things when it comes to people, places and things. Sometimes this attribute helps me adapt to new situations and sometimes it causes me to run away from certain “normal” things. I’m pretty sure this will be my last post in the U.S. so it was a perfect theme for saying good-bye to the area. The following are photos from Philly, DC and Maryland. Some of the photos I really enjoyed more because after I took them I struggled with whether they were real or not. Some of them looked so unreal that I actually increased the distortion with a quick and subtle edit. I hope you enjoy.
Ailsa’s travel theme this week is Distance. Perfect theme for me as I am currently preparing to go very far away. As I mentioned in my last post I am less than 3 weeks from heading off to Nepal.
country name Nepal in Devanagariscript *screen shot –Immanuel Giel 09:20, 1 Mar 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My head is full of Nepali and exhausted so I’m trying to find ways to rest my mind and enjoy a little bit of my remaining time in DC. While I prepare to go far away I am also trying to distance myself a little from the people near me and my life in the U.S. As excited as I am to head out once again, I know that I will with as much passion and sadness miss the friends that are currently closest to me as well as my daughters who will not be traveling with me.
A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
Last weekend a friend and I took a trip to Richmond, Virginia where we took a day to pamper ourselves (she is learning Vietnamese and will soon be off to ..duh.. Vietnam). We spent a 2nd day in the area before returning to DC visiting a local winery. While I”m not sure if the photos express distance so much as my sentiment does I hope you enjoy.
Windsor Wineries in Virginia
Windsor Wineries in Virginia – Cheers U.S.
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WoW!! Time has been rushing by so fast and at the same time it seems to have passed soooo slowly. I am down to about 10 class days left of a 7 month language program. Less than 3 weeks remain until I am on my way to Nepal and a whole new set of adventures. I also finally paid someone to scan all of my old photos onto a disk and have spent a significant amount of time looking at these instead of studying. So in honor of a break from my studies and my hopeful return to a normal life I wanted to share a photo from so long ago…