Travel theme: Distance


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.

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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?  

Khalil Gibran

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

Windsor Wineries in Virginia

Windsor Wineries in Virginia – Cheers U.S.

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Costa Rica – Land of…

Costa Rica, which means “rich coast” in English, has definitely earned its reputation as a lush, green, semi-tropical oasis of adventure and beauty.  It has enjoyed a stable democracy for over 100 years and hasn’t even had an army since 1948.

With only 2 seasons – rainy and summer – you will be able to visit and enjoy this small mountainous country that is filled with, and I quote,

“friendly people, spectacular birds and flowers whose intense colors rival those of an erupting volcano, activities ranging from white water rafting and surfing to sport fishing and golf, and more than a thousand lodging options to choose from, including everything from cozy bed-and-breakfasts to luxury five-star hotels. With so much variety, there’s guaranteed to be something to suit everyone’s taste!”

Now having led up to an awesome photo-filled blog about the stunning-ness that is Costa Rica I have to be honest.  This was my last trip in South America and after spending the last couple months traveling through Venezuela, Peru and Panama I had ran out of steam.  So my very worthy travel companion through Colombia, Panama and Chile and I decided to just chill in the Costa Rica’s main town of San Jose.

I will say that if you ever go to visit Costa Rica, don’t stop in San Jose.  Take the next flight to the rain forest, a mountain area or any of the beautiful beaches that cover every other part of Costa Rica.  San Jose does have some interesting sights for a day or two, which is all we had to spend there, but the beauty that exists in this country really lies outside of this city.  We were able to visit a coffee plantation, drink wine and disfruta la vida regardless but we definitely missed some of the best of what makes this country such an amazing get-away.  I hope you enjoy my relaxing and quite un-eventful visit to paradise.

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Travel theme: Mystical

Alisha from Where’s My Backpack was inspired by a beautiful photograph that Vlad posted over at Wind Against Current.  I was inspired by both.  Having been born in raised in the state of Washington Alisha’s photos made me just a TAD homesick.

Staying in the theme of my last 3 blogs, I will continue with mystical visions from Catatumbo, Venezuela.  Being most fond of the morning sun rising, daylight streaming through trees and flowers and windows, I find that there is just something about dusk and a setting sun that evokes “spiritually symbolic, otherworldly, ethereal or mysterious” feelings inside me.  Maybe it’s that I know sleep will soon be upon me..

I have also included a few other mystical visions from my final trip in Venezuela. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

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What I do deny is that you can build any enduring society without some such mystical ethos.  — Herbert Read

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. Einstein

Addictions – Behind the glass

Speaking of obsessions.. you didn’t realize we were?  Well, we were.  You have hoarders, travel junkies, wine and beer aficionados, smokers.. and on the list goes. I have always prided myself in not having any addictions.  I’m the most normal person I know.  Right? Do you sense where this is going?

Well, let me start by saying, I just created a post regarding some of my fav photes and spoke of a woman who for 10 years has been taking random pictures of random things just for fun.  I have another friend who for some reason loves to photograph herself with only her eyes showing.  Tons of photos of her face from her eyes up.  It’s cool, fantastic and a little strange. The newest craze in photo-taking seems to be of oneself in front of a mirror with the camera showing you taking a picture of yourself.  I’m just glad I don’t have a random photo taking frenzy that consumes my life.. or do I?

Upon a recent review of a multitude of photo albums that I have put together I have come across a disturbing trend, an obsession I did not know I had.. or even upon knowing did not think it was that much of an addiction.  Here are just a few of the behind the glass photos I have taken over the past year.  They say the first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one.  Enjoy and do not mock me.