This is one of my favorite photos of all time. It may not be the best, technically…but it brings with it good feelings and a good memory. Really, that’s what photography is all about. Cows are synonymous with India. They are everywhere: in the streets, in the pastures, in the villages, even in the houses. Everywhere. This cow came up to us and was like a lap dog. Seriously, she would have climbed up if she could have figured out how. She followed us around for some time. We took tons of pictures of and with her, we [...]
One of the other major sights in Moldova is the Milestii Mici wine cellars. The Moldovans were very proud of the fact that it is in the 2007 World Book of Records for having the most underground wine caves. The caves were impressive. There are 207 kilometers of caves, but today they are only using 55 kilometers for wine storage. 55 Kilometers! That’s a lot of wine!
When I hear the word “cave” I’m expecting a rough interior; this was not rough at all. Well, at least not the parts that we visited which, of course, was only a fraction [...]
Yes. When you think of landscapes in the Netherlands, you expect windmills. It’s almost cliche. Except this windmill was located right next to the house I rented when I lived there for a little over two years. That’s right. My landlord owned it and and the house and if you looked out our office window, there it was in all it’s glory only 20 feet away. So, this windmill is a little nostalgic for us. It is still in excellent shape, and my landlord would let it run every few weeks, but he didn’t use it to grind or [...]
Going out to eat in Cusco, Peru is definitely an experience. Around the main square, touts hang out of their restaurant doors and try to lure you in with promises of free pisco sours, which by the way are extremely tasty. One of Peru’s traditional foods is this guy or cuy, the guinea pig. Apparently the people of the Andes have raised and domesticated these little guys for over 5000 years. Wow! Jim ordered it, but we all tasted it, and basically once we each had a bite, it was gone. There’s not a whole lot of meat on [...]
Lhasa. Tibet. What a place! I wouldn’t say it was a vacation, traveling through Tibet is pretty hard-coare traveling. The barren landscape, the altitude, the constant struggle between the Tibetans and the Chinese. It’s all very interesting.
Painted with Buddhist symbols in bright colors, the spinning brass prayer wheels, painting, stone carvings, and offerings all along the path, it’s not only visually pleasing, but it really evokes a peacefulness and serenity. This pilgrimage site is not to be missed, I could have spent at least one more full day in the area around it photographing the people as they make [...]
You just can’t take a bad picture in southern Africa. You just can’t. If you put yourself in the right place there are just endless possibilities. Watching the wildlife go about their daily business is quite awe-inspiring. These macaques entertained us for quite some time as we sat eating our lunch. Going on safari was always something I wanted to do my whole life, especially -and this really ages me – after watching the tv show Daktari when I was a kid. I’ve been on a few safaris now, and I can’t wait to go on some more!
One of the main reasons we chose to visit Moldova is that we knew a couple of families that had kids at our school in Ankara. Both of us had taught both children, and we were excited to see where they lived and have a visit with them. On Saturday night, we were treated to a traditional Moldovan dinner with the families. We ate at a restaurant in Chisinau called Salcioara, and as we entered our private room, the table was laid with all manner of appetizers, meat dishes, and vegetables, and there was one area with various liquors [...]
What a harsh, rough and tumble place Mongolia is. I think you can see all the hardship of living off the land in this man’s face. From the wind and sun wrinkles, to the length and thickness of his wool garb, you can just tell you have to come from hardy stock to make it here. Another wonderful place to visit; take my advice and go into the backlands of Mongolia. That’s where the real people are.
I can’t see Santa making it to some of these out of the way stops, but believe me when I tell [...]
Who doesn’t want to jump in there and get wet, too? It’s not real warm where I currently am in Turkey, but I’d love to go on vacation to Singapore where the temperature only changes by four degrees during the course of a year. It’s hot there, always! And these kids are taking advantage of it. Oh to dream….
Jim and I are an American married couple who have had the opportunity to live all over the world thanks to our work. We are both teachers, and currently we're working in Schweinfurt, Germany where we plan to stay for the next few years. Continue reading... Follow @corinnevail