I thoroughly enjoyed writing my ABC’s of Travel, as it allowed me to nostalgically reflect on some beautiful past adventures. Thus, I could not wait for the next meme to circulate in the travel world and was delighted when Seven Super Shots From My Travels was created, especially since it revolved around photography — a passion of mine that is cultivated more deeply with each passing day.
1. A photo that… takes my breath away:
I had goosebumps once I looked into my viewfinder and saw this picture that I had taken in Florence, Italy. I was leaving San Miniato al Monte and I was overwhelmed with a feeling that I needed to make a quick visit to the adjoining graveyard for a couple of more photos. I knew that my fellow travelers would be impatiently waiting for me in the bus, but I could not ignore my intuition and I am so thankful that I did not.
2. A photo that… makes me laugh or smile:
Unfortunately, I did not own a decent camera when I went on a journey of a lifetime to Kruger Park in South Africa Although it is irrelevant, because no matter how good this picture could have been, it will always put the biggest smile on my face. It was my first time encountering wild elephants (we all know how crazy obsessed I am with the animal) and when I saw this family crossing in front of the jeep that I was in during my safari my heart almost burst from happiness.
3. A photo that… makes me dream:
A dream sunset in a dream location, how could this photo not cause me to dream? For several years now I have desired to learn how to sail and to move to Brasil. When I look at this photo of a sailboat, which to me symbolizes the ultimate in freedom, exploration, and adventure, docked in Buzios Bay, it inspires me to dream big and to finally cross these dreams off of my Bucket List.
4. A photo that… makes me think:
When I stepped foot in Tibet for the first time, a place that had consumed my thoughts for over a decade, I truly felt as though I had completed a spiritual pilgrimage, as I have been drawn to Buddhism for as long as I can remember and even majored in Comparative Religious Studies with a focus on women in Buddhism in College. Seeing these monks adoringly gaze at the Potala Palace, home to the Dalai Lamas over the years, makes me think about grandiose questions such what is the true meaning of life, does karma really exist, and what happens after we die.
5. A photo that… makes my mouth water:
You know that a dish has changed you if you find yourself thinking about it every single day and that is exactly what I have been doing since my honeymoon in Trancoso, Brasil almost a year ago. My husband and I literally ordered this pizza every single day and on the last day we each ordered one for ourselves. The chef would not tell us how she prepared it other than it had a “secret sauce.”
6. A photo that… tells a story:
I ilegally sneaked into Cuba for my 25th Birthday and it is one of my greatest moments to date. Life in La Habana is incredibly difficult for most due to the US embargo. However despite this, Cubans are amongst the happiest people in the world. This woman in the photo most likely does not have much, other than her gorgeous smile (and a cohiba) and yet she is happy. Her picture tells the story of Cuban pride and how it is so infectious that everyone on the island is constantly celebrating the fact that no matter what their economic status is they are and will always be Cuban.
7. A photo that… I am most proud of (aka My National Geographic shot):
I decided that for my last solo trip as a single woman I would travel somewhere incredibly exotic. When I discovered that Easter Island, Chile was the most remote island in the world, I knew it was the perfect location for my solo trip. When I finally got up close and personal with the sacred Moai, I decided that I needed to photograph them in a way that they had never been photographed before, which I believe I accomplished with this shot.
If you have followed My Beautiful Adventures for some time now, I would love to know, did I leave out a certain picture of mine that you feel deserves to be included in this post?