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Travel Theme – Multiples

Ailsa over at Where’s my backpack? has posted “multiples” as this week’s travel theme.

A few things came to mind and I was very tempted and inspired by one of Ailsa’s photos to head over to the M&M store in London and do some fun photo shoots in there (not sure if they would have let me…). But then I remembered this photo that I took at a market in Budapest, Hungary, last year and figured it’s a perfect fit.

typical-hungarian (6)


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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Flying

I am an easy flight passenger. I don’t get scared while on a plane usually and I love the views that you get from high up. During a trip in Alaska all those assumptions were challenged.

I took an amazing trip up crossing the Arctic Circle and visiting an Eskimo village at Anaktuvuk Pass. It was an amazing visit to a small community that lives pretty much in isolation. The only access is by plane from the Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, which is really is just a gravel airstrip. The plane that took us back to Fairbanks was a 9-seater little commuter plane. I sat just behind the pilots. Even that wasn’t scary.

The moment I started wondering about the marvels and technology of flying was when the pilots took out a map – a regular paper map (granted it probably wasn’t a regular map…) – and checked their position in the mountain range…

A marvelous flying experience nonetheless or even more for it. 🙂

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Flying!

pilot with map


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Travel Theme – Circles

I am loving this week’s travel theme from Where is my backpack: Circles.

I took plenty of photos this summer of the Olympics and as I am – still – trying to sort through them and am trying to decide which ones will make my photobooks (books, yes, I don’t think it will be just one book…), I found this one: perfect for this week’s theme.

Olympic Rings


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Travel Theme: Bright

This week’s travel theme is bright, which is rather fitting as we changed clocks and the mornings are much brighter again.

I love the vibrant colors of fresh vegetables. They remind me of all the right reasons to eat healthy and fresh food. I took these pictures at a local market just recently to remind myself that even in the fall and winter, we can find fresh produce (maybe not all the ones I took photos of. LOL).


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Foreign, that’s a wide open topic. My mind went into overdrive trying to think of what do I associate most with this word. There were 2 things that just kept swirling around: food and lifestyle. I was getting hungry while I prepared this post…

I have plenty of photos of weird foods – yeah, I look for this specifically when I travel… But then images of my visit to a floating market in Thailand raced through my visual memory and there I had the perfect entry for this week’s weekly photo challenge: food and lifestyle.

A floating market in Thailand.

It felt like a really peaceful visit, though I am sure it is hard work for all the sellers on the boat. The colors were just beautiful and the variety of fruit amazing.

Whenever I travel I eat some of the local foods, sometimes against the advice of my fellow travelers or local friends.

Here am I after I tried the fruit durian in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Can you guess if I liked it or not?

 Wikipedia describes the smell of this fruit (and the taste is pretty much how the smell is described): The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine, and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Wikipedia describes the origin of the word silhouette as follows:

The word “silhouette” derives from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy. Because of de Silhouette’s austere economies, his name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person’s appearance.

I didn’t know this.

Most photos that depict silhouettes strike me as peaceful and quiet. For this week’s photo challenge on silhouettes I looked through my photo archives and thought this one was fitting.

Early morning on a lagoon in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Quiet and peaceful. Minutes before the rainforest awakes.