Every so often you come across a photo that leaves you completely speechless.
Thank you to @dylmarphoto for capturing this breathtaking scene in Flagstaff. 📸
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just some snippets of my uganda trip a while back :)
photo no 1. we swam in the source of the nile river
photo no 2. we embarked on an african safari for a few days. to my delight, we were a mere dozen feet from these beautiful creatures
photo no 3. instantly captivated by these bright smiles and personalities. my favorite part was seeing their reaction when they looked at the photos I had taken of them
photo no 4. I was amazed as I watched this kid climb a tree and cut this fruit down by himself
photo no 5. beyond grateful to meet these gentle and loving girls
📸: Ao Nang, Thailand 🇹🇭.
Travel excites people because we know it’s something we will enthusiastically engage in fully until it’s over. And we lament its conclusion until the next jaunt meanwhile secretly collapsing into our home bed in sighing delight. But what about long term travel? It tends to blend and smear reality. Is this your new normal or is it still a holiday? Staying present is often lost in finding the next hotel, food source, or way to wash clothes. Uber becomes Grab becomes Tuk-Tuk becomes scooters. Plof becomes hummus becomes dhal becomes nasi. Kyrgyz becomes Tamil becomes Thai becomes Balinese. Churches becomes mosques becomes temples becomes synagogues. All the while you are attempting to appreciate it all. It is not something we’ve mastered. However we can confidently say each land teems with people willing to help, interested in your path, and excited to share theirs. Yes there are those who judge, con, stare and recoil. But they go much less noticed. The former become the memories. Every country is so different yet exactly the same. Lands of people trying to figure it all out, trying to recover, trying to survive. People working harder every day of the year than I feel I’ve had to work in any single day, yet still managing a smile to a foreigner. This post is dedicated to those the privileged feel are the margins of society. When in reality they keep the world running. Often I feel the non-westernized working class has more of a sense of purpose than those with everything. It is humbling to watch and a reminder of what it is to be human. 😳🙄🤷🏼♂️
We are off to Borneo and then Indonesia. Thanks Thailand for an amazing 5 weeks.
Finally getting some Xmas activities done! It’s time for gingerbread cookies 😍 luckily my mum brought me the gingerbread spice mix (not available in Canada, eh?!) and my mother-in-law gave me some vintage cookie cutters 💕