Eric and I finally managed to do a bit of traveling together this October. Due to his highly unpredictable schedule, it’s proven somewhat difficult to plan vacations together. As an independent consultant, he is constantly on the lookout for projects which often roll in at the very last minute requiring him to leave the country on short notice for weeks at a time. I can rarely join him because I work here in Colorado. As a result, this whole year I found myself traveling solo. I’m certainly not complaining because I do love solo travel. But, it’s a lot different than traveling with a partner. It’s like my entire agenda is altered. On my own, I am very focused, serious, and goal oriented. With Eric, I am far more relaxed and indulgent. Thus, he and I made a pact that we would plan and execute 1 trip abroad this year without consideration for any last minute projects.
At the beginning of September, I googled best places to visit in October.
Greece popped up at the top of the list.
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks to our shared adventures is that my photography suffers. We traveled for over 2 weeks and spent time in Frankfurt, Germany, Istanbul, Turkey, and the Islands of Crete and Santorini, Greece. These are the only pictures I took. At the same time, my memories and experiences were far richer because I wasn’t quite so preoccupied with capturing everything to share with others at a later date. I got to share it with Eric is real time. It was wonderful.
The Pettah Market is an open market in the city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Most of the businesses in Pettah are dominated by Muslim traders who specialize in gold and jewelry shops. With a lust for adventure, myself and 2 friends spent the morning perusing the streets, ingesting massive quantities of Sri Lankan street food, sweating and snapping photos. It’s not always easy to fully immerse yourself in a another culture, especially when your are traveling in groups. I discovered the Pettah Market to be an authentic taste of Sri Lankan culture. The streets were bustling but no one was too busy to chat, pose for photos or simply smile. Sometimes, as a tourist, that is all I need to feel welcomed.
Arguably, Yellowstone National Park is the most inspired national park the US has to offer. I spent a magnificent 2 days cruising through the prismatic pools of boiling water and minerals, dodging geysers and chasing after 2 little boys with a 4 pound camera strapped to my back. As a photographer, these are the moments I live for. Having a collection of work that shows my subjects interacting with nature is priceless. I am certain that this family will reflect back on these memories for years to come. It truly is the essence of ‘documenting life.’
Busan, the 2nd largest city in South Korea is located along the southern tip of the peninsula and a major port city with ferries crossing the Korean Strait between South Korea and Japan on a daily basis. The city offer spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and is a major tourist attraction in Korea. A tour during the early morning hours will provide you with opportunities to witness the local fishing industry selling fresh seafood at rock bottom prices. It really should not be missed!
On November 9th, 2011 several members of the expat community in Daegu, South Korea hosted a ‘One Night Only’ Musical Review to a sold-out audience. The shows offered expats and native Koreans to work together and perform in front of a live audience.
Here are some of the highlights.
The show was riveting!