To take nothing but photographs, and leave nothing but footprints.
Where in the World is Alice
I'm currently in Kathmandu and just had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on board Buddha Air flying over the highest mountain in the world: Mount Everest or Sagarmatha or Holy Mountain. Five days ago I tried to take a flight over Mt Everest, but all flights to the mountains got cancelled. I tried again today and my persistent paid off. It was a freaking amazing experience. The best birthday gift to myself.
Itstarted as a daydream, inspired by a Chanel perfumecommercialwhere Audrey Tautou (a French actress) wastravelingsolo on the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. Ahandsomeyoungmanfell under her spellandlooked as ifhehadfallenhead over heels in love with her. Somehow, sheended up arrivingsolo in Istanbul, running towards the Bosphorus Sea, amid flying seagulls, with a big camera in tow. Of course, whattheadwanted us to rememberwastheimage in her camera, of a handsomeyoungmanwhofell under her spell (perfume). However, I was captivated more by the scene at the end of her trip; the city of Istanbul.Itwasunforgettable. The black anddarkimages with effects of lightevoked a feeling of mysteryandleft a curiousimpression of Istanbul.
Istanbul is a largecity with 14 million peopleand one of themostvisitedcities in theworld. Thecity straddles two continents – Europe and Asia, and one of theworld’s busiest waterways, the Bosphorus, between the Sea of Marmara andthe Black Sea. Havin…
We left our lodge before the break of dawn for a 45-minute drive to Kruger National Park Reserve entrance, bringing our boxed breakfast and bottled water with us. We were warned to limit our coffee or water consumption before the game drive for there were no toilet facilities in the wild. Forty minutes later, I saw an orange glow of light poking through a dark layer of morning clouds hovering over the silhouetted mountain. I pulled out my iPhone to snap a picture of the beautiful scenery to Instagram the picture to my friend who told me that South Africa was touristy. I decided not to take pictures but enjoy the stillness of the morning. I had been on adventure trips enough to know the drill, so I tend to set my expectations low. The beautiful scenery so far seemed to be a prelude to a wonderful safari.
We arrived at the gate at 6:00 am where our safari jeep and a ranger named Smart was waiting for us. There were eight of us in the jeep and I felt lucky to be riding with Stu…
What a prelude to my Aurora Borealis hunting trip!!! In the middle of my flight from Seattle to Iceland, the captain spotted the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights and announced that it could be viewed from the right side of the plane. Since I was seated on the left side, I rushed towards the right-side window by the exit door, but a few people were already in line taking pictures. I only had a quick glimpse before it disappeared. When I returned to my seat, I saw so much light outside, and I knew it was not coming from the plane. Then I saw shimmering curtains of light high up in the sky, coming from different directions. OMG Aurora Borealis! I tried to grab my big camera, but instead of wasting time trying to set it up, I decided to take a few snaps with my iPhone and just enjoy the Aurora in its full glory. Seeing it up close was really something special. I was like a kid on Christmas morning with the biggest smile on my face, looking through a foggy window and seeing Santa. It wa…