Do you have the travel bug in you?

Everyone these days talk about the travel bug. Or maybe I hear it more because it’s in my head. I didn’t know about this bug until a few years ago. Or at least wasn’t conscious about it. I have always wanted to travel. Ever since I remember.  See the world, talk in different languages, eat all types of food, meet people from other countries. I think i got that from my father. And was lucky to go a few places when I was a kid. But growing up in Sri Lanka, backpacking around Europe was not a thing. I never have heard about it in my late teens. Internet wasn’t that big 10 years ago in Sri Lanka.

The biggest exposure and influence I had was discovery channel and its three travel shows. Lonely Planet, Travellers and Intimate Escapes. I was addicted.I dreamt about doing what they do. Grown up, and travelling the world for a living. A new place every time. Fancy hotels, or not. Fancy meals, or not. But I didn’t know how to make it happen.

Then life got in the way.

As a student in Sri Lanka you will never be able to make enough money to travel. (ok maybe never say never) We didn’t have part time jobs, if we did have any job at all that would have been barely enough to travel from home to school let alone to a different country. So there goes the early 20s as well. Moving to a western country, even though was a big step in itself, definitely opened up a lot of possibilities. Everyone you worked with from school kids to proper adults have been to Europe, going to Europe or planning their future trip to Europe. It was a thing. Backpacking around the world was a thing. They have around the world tickets!

This brought back the bug in me. I can actually do this now. But then came the phase of ‘oh I don’t have the money’, ‘oh but I need to save for next years semester fees’ and so on.

It took loosing a job, a declining savings account and a best friend who was ready to do anything to jump into action. And so finally I went to Europe. It was one of the best decisions I made in my very confused life time.

Getting back home I hardly had any money. As a graduate it took the next few years to build things back.Now with my husband we have done our second trip to Europe. We may have started late, but like the wise man once said, its never too late. 🙂

The world is waiting for us to come see it.

The world is waiting...
The world is waiting…

p.s – I have about 2,000 photos in my library waiting to be sorted out so I apologise for the next few weeks when I start the photo overload. Or maybe not! 😉

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Face(s) of autumn…

I am sure by now you all have heard enough of me saying how much I love Autumn. 🙂 I love it! I get so distracted while driving every time, it’s absurd! 🙂 and so since I am experimenting with portraits these days I thought this would be a great time to get some images from inside my head and on to a camera. here goes.

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Why I want to be invisible woman…

You know how after every Batman or Superman or X-men movie your friends ask you which superhero you want to be? I wondered. Do I want to be able to fly anywhere I want and have awesome strength? That’s actually cool to have when you think about it. You can travel the world whenever you want and be back in time for dinner and save lots of money on flights. But no. Do I want to be able to run extremely fast? Nah. Do I want to fight crimes in a tight suit? No way! I want to be invisible woman!

Hmmm why you ask?

People have always fascinated me. I am people too but watching other people have always been one of my favourite past times. Be it in a busy public square or while at work, be it young or old, the face give away lot of entertainment. Specially the deeply wrinkled. Now that, is art. That is also why portrait photography is one of my favourites. (not that I am any good at it) But… I am too shy for my own good. I worry too much about people around me and I don’t like much attention. So whenever I see an interesting face or a shot, I have to hide in the bushes. (Not literally) So pretty much all my portraits of strangers are of the side of their faces or back or too far. Anyhow now that I have realised the problem here comes the awesome solution. Being invisible woman. 🙂
Just imagine, JUUURRRST imagine the amazing variety of photos I can take. And the fun I can have? 😉 Options are unlimited! (For this theory we are going to assume everything I touch will be invisible too hence I will have an invisible camera) 🙂

So tell me, am I the only crazy person or are there others out there? Which superhero would you want to be and why? 🙂

Swiss Guard woman in rome old but gold grumpy kid gorgeous hungry man in rome florence police florence art not a happy traveller the wisdom lady in florence  stunning eyes and one of my all time favourites.. deeply wrinkled are art

Someone teach me how to live life…..

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“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning” J. B. Priestly

So another New Year is here and everyone seems excited about it and their New Year’s resolutions. I never was excited about the New Year or never really made resolutions. For me New Year is just another day. But to keep myself and everyone else positive I thought I’ll put a few words out there………

Turns out I don’t have any words of wisdom, so here are my ramblings while gulping down meloncello straight from the bottle. 🙂  (I am not drunk, it’s just so hot out here)

Ok so I love my life… sometimes…. but then again that’s how everyone rolls isn’t it? 🙂

I have so many things in queue and they are very fair and small goals just to get my life back on track. I am not lost or anything, I know what I want and what I want to be doing, I just don’t know how to get there. And I have had enough of running up and down and not get where I want to exactly. So I am hoping to change a few things this time around.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

I need someone to tell me how to get things done. Don’t we all you say? Everybody’s lives would have been so much better and so much easier if there was a little gene in bottle or an angel on your shoulder, but the problem is there are no such things. It’s you and only you can figure your way in and out of things you want.

“No one saves us but our selves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path” – Lord Buddha

“In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

So for a little inspiration, a little guidance I turned to Google. (C’mon it’s what we all do, isn’t it?) 🙂 I rammed through pages of inspirational quotes by people wiser than I am and it helped. It really did. Not just reading through but actually believing in them. So I wanted to share some that inspired me and I hope I remember these through the coming year of ups and downs. Like they say;

”It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up that matters.”– Vince Lombardi

On a different matter I now understand why they say ‘youth is wasted on the young’ so true. I am still young (considerably) 😉 and still I feel like by the time we finish school, go through university, get a job and earn something to be able to live independently you have spent the best times of your lives and don’t even know it. Oh well that should be another post all together. However, this is what I live by now. I always keep reminding myself this and is my golden rule at the moment.

“If you want to do something, you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse” – Anonymous

So this is my plan number one for the foreseeable future.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius 🙂

This new year I hope all of you will have enough motivation and guidance to carry out the things you need to do, I hope along the way you get inspired because life without inspiration is no fun life, I hope all of you get at least a bit spoilt by someone who loves you, I hope everyone will have a job regardless of you like it or not, I hope this year you will remember to smile and I hope you all will have a good 2013. 🙂

”Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light ” – Aristotle Onassis