Lens Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

”Some of us choose our travel designations based on the iconic nature of the place. My trip to Peru was no exception.”

Thank you,

Amy, for giving us the opportunity to reflect upon our travels – because everybody travels sometime, somehow and somewhere. It does not have to be to faraway countries – we can also travel inside.

Some of my most intense travels – growing my self – important travels, were those I made as a young woman. Without a camera. I grew up with books, and many of them were about foreign jungles, rain forests, arctic areas and deserts.

My nose was always in a book, and in my mind I longed to see all those fantastic places and animals, meet those other cultures so different from my own.

Never did I guess I would get the opportunity to see so many of those places with my own eyes.

The extensive traveling started when I was 16 and met a young man who had reached the age for a driver’s license (18 in Sweden) – and, had a car of his own. We traveled through the whole of Europe for three summers. Then we decided to take the step over to Asia and a country much dreamed of – Nepal. Annapurna and Mount Everest, bicycle through the Kathmandu valley, Ox cart down in Chitwan. In the mountains we stayed at a bungalow owned by a Gurkha soldier. I had read that an Indian field marshal once stated something like: ”If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.” Respect. Still no camera – my fellow traveler had one though.

All photos from our travels for the next 20 years are slides, dia positives. We never look at them.

All those years…Nepal, India, Russia, the Trans-Siberian Railway, Egypt, China, Iceland, Greenland, Peru…Yes, Peru too – now Amy got me wanting to open up those old dia frames again…

But, I have stopped wanting to visit places I have been…you don´t have to wait long before they look completely different and have lost that glory you remember from your first visit…I hate it how we destroy the originality of places, islands, countries, people… And we change ourselves as well, as we grow.

My travels. They started in the 70´s and hopefully they are not over yet. 43 years of growing up on the road, meeting remarkable people, living spectacular moments. The world opened my eyes – teaching me tolerance, patience, love…and how very much we resemble each other, we are the same all over the world, in fact one big family…So, let us work together to make this world a better place! Sustainable. Let love and caring for nature and each other rule.

Let us build bridges – not walls. We are all connected.

 

Annonser

73 comments on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #27: My Travels

  1. What a beautiful and moving post, A-C. I share your love of reading books and traveling and have been fortunate to have the time to do a good bit of both. I also share these ideals and hopes, which you’ve expressed so beautifully: ”The world opened my eyes – teaching me tolerance, patience, love…and how very much we resemble each other, we are the same all over the world, in fact one big family…So, let us work together to make this world a better place! Sustainable. Let love and caring for nature and each other rule.” I hoping that 2019 leads you to new worlds–both in fiction and in reality!

  2. What a traveller you are, Ann-Christine, and not just geographically speaking. You have travelled in the world of books, different cultures, different ways of thinking, different workplaces; indeed, you are more explorer than traveller. The images you have taken are wonderful. I often talk about going back to places but I don’t think I truly want to. For me, the only place one needs to go back to is home.

    • Thank you for a wonderful comment…which I feel I do not live up to.” …the only place one
      needs to go back to is home.” This is the simple truth – well delivered. Thank you♥

    • I have been to Riga and the vicinity. A great trip with nice people, gorgeous architecture and delicious food! Loved Riga – Rozengrals!!!!We went to the outdoor museum as well and I must say, Sweden is famous for its Skansen museum, but this one was even better.

  3. A very lovely thoughtful post Ann-Christine. I am the same. I rarely go back to a place I have already visited and if I do I always try to see new things. I am lucky, I started travelling at 17 but had many years where I couldn’t afford to do so, then a period where I could. Now I am mostly content to stay at home and explore around me.

    • Thank you – and I too am mostly content to stay at home. Mostly shorter trips for us nowadays. and as always, what we find close to us are the last things visited!

  4. Beautiful images and reflections Ann-Christine, there are only a few places we have revisited (in Mexico and in France) and they were still as special the second time around. We count ourselves lucky and treasure the memories – so many other places have changed xxx

  5. Wow! You have travelled, A C! And wiser words, too….. ”and have lost that glory you remember from your first visit…I hate it how we destroy the originality of places, islands, countries, people… And we change ourselves as well, as we grow” Places once visited need to remain as precious memories

    • Thank you Sue, I agree, they must remain precious memories. I made a great mistake once – and will not do it again. We took our children back to the Azores, my dream heaven on Earth, only to find that the tourist business had found it as well during those 5 years in between. Pristine once…now the hot pools in the tropical forest had been built around with stones and there was a road out there…and maybe 25 people in each pool. Our first time on the islands we were alone, resting in the hot water, looking up at the birds in the canopy, and the blue heavens above. I cried for the rest of that day. A tough way to learn the lesson.

  6. Thank goodness you met that young man. 🙂 🙂 And that Amy gave you the opportunity to take out the slides. I have 2 boxes of old photos and memories under the bed. One day I may do the same. Meantime, let’s keep building those bridges. Wonderful post, Ann-Christine. 🙂

  7. I join the spirit of the others who have already commented ahead of me. This is a deeply reflective piece… my travels have not been as worldly. It’s from posts like yours that I enjoy traveling vicariously.

  8. I like the diversity of images, all the different places and landscapes. The last image is my favorite. I love the sense of walking above the trees towards the horizon.

  9. Ann-Christine, I’m so impressed with your early adventures!! I too agree never to return to places that have such amazing places in our memories. You are truly a citizen of the world. Loved your post

    • Well, Tina, when I think back on all those adventures, it is amazing they really happened. I was so young – maybe the senses and feelings are stronger then. You and your family travel a great deal of the year too. It is always rewarding. Hopefully we will grow old and have time to relive all adventures through photos and fond memories!

  10. A life full of travel and adventures, thank you Leya for giving us a peep into your past. I agree never a good idea to visit a place once seen and full of memories, time changes those places, they call it progress, but it is to be wondered if it is progress when the world and nature is telling us a different story. Earthquakes, floods, rising temperatures a world in chaos. We do not need to build walls but try to live in harmony

  11. Sustainable world, that is so precise. Love your narrative and I agree we are one big family. These photos makes me take a dream vacation in my mind. Breath taking.

  12. You’re a true adventurer, A-C. I love the glimpse into your life. I have boxes of slides, too. I need to go through them and get them put onto DVD’s. (Lovely photos, too.) Let’s keep on traveling.

    janet

  13. Your were an adventurer when you were just 16! That is incredible. Thank you so much for sharing your sweet memories and travel stories. ”let us work together to make this world a better place!… ” beautifully said, Ann- Christine.
    Thank you for this inspiring post!

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