For how many people, she asked. A table for one, please, I answered with a smile.
I'm rather comfortable going to restaurants and cafes alone; but the other night, it was my first time to go to a bar with live music alone. For the first time. But my seatmates, a Dutch couple who's been together for 38 years became an inspiration. The conversation we had was definitely worth writing. Soon.
Spent the morning climbing the #Telica volcano (and driving to it). Nicaragua is apparently where old Landcruisers come to die.
Even found a boa hunting bats in a tiny cave on the side of the mountain.
In the afternoon we moved on to #Granada, where we will Be for the next day and a bit...
Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles, and it’s for good reason. We arrived at the Akha village of Baan Pha Sert Nai mid-afternoon after a 3-4 hour trek through bamboo forest. After arriving, we were quickly summoned by the local children of the village to come play soccer/football with the boys, but games and hair braiding with the girls (I played soccer. Haha). We all played the rest of the afternoon, which everyone immensely enjoyed.
Then as we were cleaning up afterwards and helping prep our dinner, these happy girls came running back over to us. Though we were finished, they however were not done playing 😄. We have no idea what game they played, but it consisted of the broom from our bamboo hut and constant singing, laughing, and jumping around.
Every single one of us laughed and smiled along with them for the 30-45 minutes they played and danced around us. I was so thoroughly entertained and thankfully present in that moment, that it didn’t even occur to me to shoot a video of them playing. Fortunately, I did reach for my phone to snap some quick photos at the outset, which helped preserve a wonderfully happy memory for me and cemented Thailand’s reputation as the Land of Smiles in my mind. Just seeing these images again is making me smile as I write this post and recall the laughter and fun times 😀😃😄😁
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Postcards from paradise! ☀️🌴
This was actually a #travelfail. I wanted to climb to the top of the lighthouse because the views from the top are ridiculous (so says Insta). But apparently one needs to get permission/pay someone off in advance for that. So I didn’t get my aerial gram and we all have to settle for this cliche instead 🤷🏽♀️
Do you like Buddhist culture? There are some amazing temples in Thailand. This huge Buddha statue is part of the Tiger Cave Temple at the top of a limestone peak overlooking Krabi. It is only reachable by climbing 1,257 steps in the Thai heat, but is well worth the effort. There are tons of monkeys the like to jump on your backpack and try and steal your stuff. If you are planning a trip to the Malay Peninsula, take a look at our new post where you will find a detailed itinerary for Malaysia and Singapore. Link is in bio.
At first glance, it seems uber romantic: carve your names on a padlock, lock it to a bridge, and throw the key into the water, leaving you and your partner “locked” together for eternity.⠀
Except it’s not so romantic when the bridge collapses under the weight of such heavy lovey-dovey-ness....⠀
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See why we're out of love with love locks 👉🏽link in bio.
Me: stands on skateboard and rolls down a slight incline on repeat for 15 minutes *can skate, life goal ✔️*
These guys: repeat same trick for 2 hours non stop until it's mastered.
It's pretty mesmerising watching the determination and you can't help but share the satisfaction of their achievement when they land the trick.
The Grand Canyon had me in a state of jaw-dropping awe.
The scale was overwhelming and I can clearly remember flying over its ridge exposing the steep multi-layered museum of rocks carved out by the Colorado River.
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What did that feel like– crashing onto the edge of the land so foreign? I can’t imagine what the last gut-wrenching seconds of their lives were like, knowing they’ll never wake up again. Brave, courageous, and honorable men. They must’ve been.
(Solheimasandur plane crash. Southern coast of Iceland. November, 2016.) // #BLphotographs#blackandwhite
🌍 ¿Eres de los que visita los destinos más turísticos o prefieres esos rincones secretos que nadie conoce? ✈ Yo viajo de las dos maneras. Simepre me gusta visitar los lugares más típicos, y mezclarlos con lugares menos conocidos o aquellos que descubro callejeando y de la mano de los locales, que siempre tienen las mejores recomendaciones menos turísticas. ¿Y tú?
🗺 Are you one of those who visit the most tourist destinations or do you prefer those secret gems that nobody knows? 📸 "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
📌 Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Even though my green thumbed mind knows it’s entirely too early for this year’s garden to be started, I couldn’t stop myself from feeling the spring fever while “just browsing” the plants at Lowe’s this morning. I allotted myself two tomatoes (Cherokee purple & better boy) & a flat of buttercrunch lettuce. I tried to supplement with seed packets but it just wasn’t the same. None the less I got a little dirt play time today & I’m already waiting on spring to arrive. 🍅🥒🥕 The rain & gloom has returned again so it’s time to curl up with a blanket & Harry Potter (aka nap). 😴
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Call me Katniss
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On the crater of a volcano but I’d rather have these views 🙈
Have you ever been to Singapore? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This place is called the Cloud Forest, and it's also home to the tallest indoor waterfall in the world! Pretty cool 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀