Let there be light. Especially if it’s beautiful sunshine hitting the snow on a day off of work. This picture is taken during a snowshoe trip on Cypress Mountain in British Columbia.
The sun shines bright on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. Sometimes I like to stare right at the sun on days like these – the glare is so strong that you have to close your eyes.. I like to think that I can feel the energy building inside me, especially during those endless rainy days in Vancouver.
When I think of light, it’s often of twilight, my most favourite time of day. It’s the fading light that gets me, every time. In this picture above, the sun sets over the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. No filter, just beautiful purple and pink skies.
And the light fades even more in this shot — it’s almost dark in Nadi, Fiji. Looking at these pictures makes me think that summer couldn’t come soon enough for me.
A hike throught the Cocora Valley was one of the activities that we were most looking forward to during our trip to Colombia. We were not disappointed. It was awesome. Amazing rolling hills and so many beautiful Quindío wax palm trees, which, by the way, are the national trees and symbols of Colombia. It is a place that you do not want to miss during a trip to Colombia.
So it was pure magic when we stumbled across a Tejo bar while staying in Salento. Tejo is a traditional sport in Colombia, particularly in mountain towns like Salento. Basically you use an iron puck and launch it about 20 feet across a big room into a box of clay. Inside the clay is an iron ring where you put folded pouches that are filled with gunpowder. You get the gist, you want to create an explosion. And another thing is that you must play the game while drinking a beer. It’s wonderful.
The inside of Los Amigos
Salento itself is a great town to relax and hang out in for a while. Done up Jeeps taxi you all over the area, from the Cocora Valley to the many cool hostels that are on the outskirts of town. There is plenty of hiking, biking and coffee plantation tours to keep you entertained for days. Just make sure that you spend a night at Los Amigos Tejo Bar!
Well, I’m not going to admit that Daryl and I started running out of ideas for posts….but we did discover that creating a blog comes with an immense amount of pressure to write the perfect post.
So that led to us not posting anything for 10 days. We bantered back and forth about different things we could write about it, but that conversation would eventually become sidetracked by an episode of the Voice (Daryl has a giant crush on Shakira, and strangely obviously, so do I), or some crime show with Ice-T.
And then we discovered the joy of writing prompts. Or, rather prompts from other blogs on the internets that kindly suggest what you should write about. Yes, please. Our last post was part of the Word a Week challenge focusing on the word ‘Worker’, and today we would like to join in the fun at Where’s My Backpack, as part of the Travel Theme: Contrast.
This picture is taken at East Point, on Saturna Island — one of the Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest. We were about to go hiking, and then stumbled upon this gem. I think it’s so kind that someone would think to have a comfortable chair for those about to make an emergency phone call. I would love to say that the phone is still in service… but this could definitely be an installation art piece in a contemporary art gallery, non?
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Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Contrast
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We have recently discovered the Weekly Photo Challenge at the wonderful blog, A Word in Your Ear. This week’s word is Worker, or in Spanish translation: Trabajador.
This photo was taken in Campeche, Mexico, one of the largest walled cities in the Americas. At one time, the city’s giant fortresses protected Spanish treasure against pirate attacks. It’s a place filled with incredible and vibrant colours, and a beautiful wall that encircles the city – now protected as a UNESCO heritage site. These two caballeros serenaded Daryl and I as we explored the fortress walls. They worked as musicians, busking for the tourists that visited each day.