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:

The smiles I won’t forget

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.”
― Audrey Hepburn

As I have noted in many of my past posts, I love to laugh and I love to smile. I love the people that cause me to do both.  As I prepare to leave Nepal, I would like to show some of the new smiles I have captured and re-show some of my other favorites.  I hope you enjoy!

Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.

Laura Ingalls Wilde


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran


Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.

Paramahansa Yogananda


Little ens..

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

Behold the little’ens…


Looking down looking back

It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top – Henry Ward Beecher

The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t always have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it. – Chris Pine

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.  May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. – Edward Abbey

People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. — Martin Yan

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To experience sublime natural beauty is to confront the total inadequacy of language to describe what you see.  Words cannot convey the scale of a view that is so stunning it is felt. — Eleanor Catton

Looking down:

Topsy Turvey and a little off-center

Well, it’s monsoon season again in Nepal.  My last monsoon season here. I’ve packed up my house, planned my travel from here to home, from west coast to east coast, to training and off to my next great adventure.  The two years I have spent here in Nepal have been amazing in every kind of way possible. I believe I have grown in my understanding of my work and myself.  I have come to realize things I need to change about myself as well as what about me is good and I just need to learn how to strengthen and smooth these things out.  I had a professor who once said to me, “Sam, you are really an amazing person.  A little rough around the edges and if you could just learn to smooth that out and channel it, you would be even more amazing.  You are a diamond in the rough.”

I have to say, he was right.  I do need to smooth out some things.  However, what is good is very good.  I little off-center for sure, but good.  It’s a bit shocking that my time in Nepal has brought all of these things out.  The good, the bad, the rough and the smooth.  In honor of all things off-center, I have chosen Ailsa’s travel theme off-center to focus on some of my favorite off-center photos of people, places and things in Nepal.  I hope you enjoy.

Other takes on off-center