Daily Prompt: Journey

As soon as I saw this Daily Prompt I begun tearing through old photographs. I have been on so many journeys in my life: physical, mental, spiritual. I had so many photographs to fit this theme that it was overwhelming, so I decided to narrow it down to one small, yet significant, journey.

These photographs were taken five years ago on my trip through Laos. This was when the party scene was first erupting in Vang Vieng, luckily when I was there the town still held a small amount of its traditional local charm. In an effort to avoid the beer, the backpackers and the endless re-runs of ‘Friends’ playing in every bar, I set off on a journey to find the heart of Vang Vieng. This is how I got there.

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 First I had to pay 4000 kip to cross this bridge over the mighty Mekong River. Locals cross for free, but hey, I can part with 54c when its asked of me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI assume the cattle don’t pay either. This little fella was out for a stroll, unconcerned by the pedestrians, bicycles and moped’s whizzing past him.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI found myself out in the countryside, following the faintest path that  wound through the paddocks. The path was signposted by bits of torn cloth mounted on sticks, you can see one in the distance.

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Tiny, abandoned huts littered the paddocks, waiting for the seasons to change and the farmers to move back in. A beautiful setting against the mountains.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was bound for these cliffs, which apparently had caves, creeks and swimming holes at the base.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASomeone had arrived before me.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bridges from here on in got slightly more rickety, requiring nerves of steel to cross.

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I found my creeks and swimming holes, untouched by the commercialism that was slowly creeping into Vang Vieng.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had this pond to myself…well, almost. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA journey to paradise.

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Daily Prompt: Green-Eyed Monster

This is an interesting challenge over at The Daily Post: ‘When was the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone’. I guess I am jealous of people, on some level, all the time. But I don’t think it is ever an all consuming jealousy that turns my skin a pale shade of green…

Then I started looking through my photos. And I realised something. I am jealous of MYSELF, the younger me, the girl who could flit off on a holiday or move across the country at the drop of a hat. Nostalgia is a funny thing, I look back on those golden days as though they were unflawed, somehow all the tears and dramas have evaporated to leave only good memories.

Of course this is a myth, constructed by my mind. But I am grateful for it. Because I know that in ten years, I’ll look back on 2013 and be envious of the person I was then.

So these are some green themed photos of my travels, tinged with nostalgia.

_MG_6867Pigs snoozing on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

_MG_6883Abandoned shack on the 309 Road – Coromandel, New Zealand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASettlements on the train line – Ayutthaya to Bangkok, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAView from our hut – Koh Chang, Thailand

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFoliage amongst the stone – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPond choked by algae – Wat Ta Phrom, Cambodia 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarden in the National Museum – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAManning the boat – Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Travel Theme: Beaches

How could I pass up on this awesome photo challenge, when I have been in search of the perfect beach my whole life. I moved to an island to be surrounded by beaches, for god’s sake. Thankyou once more to the awesome people who create these challenges and give me a reason to look through and reminisce over old photo’s.

In this case it is Where’s My Backpack providing the challenge today. _MG_4729Sunset at my former island home – Hayman Island, Queensland.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Boats on the ocean – Sihanoukville, Cambodia.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA My final sunset in a wonderful country – Kep, Cambodia

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A scattering of shells – Langkowi, Malaysia

IMG_3489Holiday paradise – Busselton, Western Australia

IMG_3316My new beach, my new home – Bunbury, Western Australia

(Couldn’t help but include the last two shots even though they are Instagrammed off my iPhone, amazing what technology can achieve these days!)

And again…perfect patterns.

It’s early in the morning and I’m getting carried away. The example photo on The Daily Post inspired me to dig out some of my own photo’s of The Temple of Dawn, Bangkok. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe entire surface of the temple is hand-mosaicked, making it an absolutely stunning vision to behold.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is just as beautiful close up as from a distance. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is stunning at dawn with the rising sun reflecting off it.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn impressive piece of architecture.