“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain
I don’t think I have an easy life, but I do think I have a blessed life. Now, whether you’re religious or not, believe in faith or ‘blessings’ or ‘luck’, it’s questionable as some people will argue they’ve worked hard to get to where they are in life. Considering all of the above, I still consider myself blessed on the account that I have incredible parents whose strengths I constantly look up to when time gets hard. My father migrated his family to Australia with little to no money in his pockets to feed a family of four. I also have an amazing extended family who are always there for support, but my father has worked his entire life to provide us with what we have today, and I can safely say if I was still living in a third world country, I would not be able to see and do the things I’ve done living up to this point in my life.
Without going into too much details of my personal life, I would like to share with you my favourite travelling moments behind and in front of the camera. I’ve started travelling roughly 5 years ago, so some of these photos date back to 2010, but nevertheless I’m sure nothing has changed since I’ve been there.
You will see that majority of my favourite moments, are of sunsets. Dusk is my favourite time of the day, not only does it look beautiful, but I’m in constant awe at how fascinating the world works. The centripetal force of the Earth’s gravity creates its motion to spin (gotta love science) and how different countries will experience a different sunset. Constantly takes my breath away.
This sunset moment was taken in Queenstown, New Zealand, which is probably the most understated destination in the world, and it should be on everyone’s wish list! You will not regret it! It is one of my favourite places in the world! My special moment here was seeing and feeling snow for the first time.
“Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brothers’ souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin’s sons” – Ed Sheeran
Sorry, every time I see this picture I hear that song. Anyway…this is Milford Sound in Queenstown, where you take a boat ride down the lake in between many mountains, and all you can think is, is this even real?
Jumping right ahead to my European Trip, to my favourite city Paris! I know this sounds ridiculous but we didn’t research Paris at the time we decided to go there. All we knew was that the Eiffel Tower was there. In a way, I’m so glad we didn’t do any research, because we fell in love with Paris on our own, exploring and getting lost in this beautiful historical maze of back alleys. I wish I had recorded the moment we got lost around the Cour Carree and stumbled upon this entrance where you saw a glimpse of the famous Louvre Pyramids, I couldn’t control my excitement! It was every bit as beautiful as the images, and best of all? You’ve guessed it, it was at sunset!
Monet Garden, possibly the most magnificent privately owned garden I’ve ever seen. Just to be there and seeing everything that inspired his paintings and life’s work was so humble.
And of course Versailles, I won’t go into details here because it’s one of those places where you need to visit! So much history and so much up keep on this Palace that you have to see it for yourself to truly understand its grandness. My favourite parts were the gardens.
I know that most of my next few pictures will be very typically travel photos cliche, but you know what, it’s okay to be a cliche! I am a walking cliche most of the time! Because as I’ve discovered, when you obsess over a certain destination or monument and you finally see it for the first time and it meets your expectation, it’s as if the universe aligned correctly to bring you that moment! Biggest smile on my face! Especially when they’re on your bucket list! The Fontana di Trevi was on my list!
I don’t even need a map to explore Rome, I was just happy to get lost in the mystery of this Ancient and Modern City.
Venice was just as beautiful as they say…
Florence blew me away at how close everything was and literally around every corner was something historical to see!
Sienna had the best pizza I’ve ever tasted!
No seriously…the best!
I could live in Tuscany!
The Greek Islands remains the most romantic place I’ve ever been to! Santorini is just magical.
Even though we had to carry our luggage down three flights of stairs, this view was worth it!
Oia is known for its famous sunsets, I regret not taking a photo of it, but it is important to remember to live in the moment and not always concentrating on capturing it. After we watched the sunset people started clapping, that was the first time I’ve experienced people clapping at something nature accomplished. We should do this more often.
Mykonos was so much fun! To be able to hire a motorbike and ride it around the island was liberating! Hiring vehicles is something I would like to do more often on my travels.
I was slightly scared when we arrived in Athens, it’s not exactly the most friendly place, and it was during the time when things were starting to get bad. But we only stayed for two nights, and this rooftop bar backdrop made it every bit worthwhile to be there.
This is one of my favourite photographs, St James park in London. London’s simplicity at its best, I am so excited to be moving there in 2016 and embarking on many more adventures!
If you ever want to experience the best NYE party in the world, definitely go to Rio De Janeiro! The party on the beach is insane! It’s literally is insane! And the fireworks is on the beach, you will get a world class view of the fireworks where ever you’re standing! This photo was taken while sitting down on the sand!!
I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful this city is! Rio has everything, from mountains to beaches to beautiful people, you can not get bored in this city. We were there for 5 days and even then that wasn’t enough to experience everything! Also, this image is another spectacular sunset.
The start of my trip in Peru, I just love this photo because I think I found my spirit animal? We have the same smile 🙂
Half way on the Inca Trail and I’m in the clouds, moments like these I pinch myself to make sure it’s not a dream.
Iguazu falls is the mother of all waterfalls! It will take you two days to explore the entire area, mainly because it’s in two different countries and you will have to cross the border. But it’s totally worth the two days!
My moment of sheer bliss to be amongst the misty waterfalls.
I can honestly say, doing the Inca Trail makes this view so much more worthwhile! Especially someone who is unfit like myself, and thought I wouldn’t be able to make it, it was one of my biggest achievements. I mean, in hindsight – I’m a lot more fit now, but back then, I was carrying my puffer everywhere I went, I’m so glad I did it!
If you are in South America, near Peru heading to Bolivia, make sure you make a detour to Lake Titicaca. You will not regret it! This is a man made island made out of the lake’s reeds. It’s incredible to see it and stepping on board the island to experience the Uru people’s day to day life on the island.
I didn’t think I would have enjoyed the Amazon as much as I did. This was jungle living at its finest! Living in an eco lodge meant you are going back to basic living. No electricity, no air conditioner, no wifi!
But you get to do cool activities like endless hikes in the Amazon jungle, listening to the monkeys late at night, see different types of animals, take a boat ride down the Amazon river in the middle of the night looking for Caiman alligators. My only compliant was that I had a rat running around in my room, but we managed to frighten it away. Like I said, back to basic living. It was kinda nice to not worry about first world problems for the three days I was there.
So there you have it, my favourite memories and photographs. I’m sure I will do a part two of this blog, but thank you for reading and coming along on this reflective journey with me!
Bye for now.