“Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.” ― Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

If there is one quote that I have found to be true while traveling around the world over the past several years to be true, this is it!  

“Knowing it and seeing it are two different things.”

~Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

I have stayed in many 5 star resorts in countries with thriving economies and I have stayed in hostiles and guest houses in developing countries.  Much of what I have seen has been good and reinforced and or enhanced my knowledge of history as my trips to Paris.  I wanted to be an Anthropology major while in college, but my parents weren't thrilled with that idea so I majored in Biochemistry and graduated with a minor in Anthropology.

 I desperately wanted to see the world - and not just the beautiful touristy parts, but I really wanted to learn about the culture of the many countries I've visited and see what is "below the surface".  I'm very glad and know I'm very fortunate to have visited all seven continents and seen as much of the world as I have.  At this point, however, I still want to travel as much as possible, but will be staying in the first world during my immediate future travels.  The overpopulation and poverty I witnessed in Indonesia , Tanzania, and Vietnam have stymied my curiousity for the time being.

 How long will this last?  My lack of interest in seeing EVERYWHERE and not just the "pretty places" will probably not last long!  I have already been researching some very out of the way places that are NOT considered tourist destinations.  I guess my point is really very simple.  Traveling teaches you so much as well as opens your eyes!  

 I suspect this will not be one of my more popular posts given that these types of images are not popular on my Panoramio and Pixabay sites.

Visiting AIDS families in Tanzania:      

I used my small camera not my DSLR to take these photos.  The group I was traveling with had permission to take their photos.  I could have used my bigger camera, it was just a personal choice of mine to use my point and shoot...and to only take one quick photo.

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 Trying to help a stray very young pregnant cat in Bali, Indonesia.  I called a vet paid $40 and fed it sugar water all day.  I left her that night with my night gown and AirAisa blanket because I was scheduled to return to the US that day :(

 

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 Vietnam - looking out my hotel window

 

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 I'm sure it won't be long before I'm saying this again:

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."

 Kurt Vonnegut

 Thank you so much for stopping by.  I promise my next post will be a happy one!  I love to read your comments or questions and and reading other people's blogs as well.  Your e-mail address will never be published.  Until next time, take care my friends!

~Michelle


My Wild and Crazy Dolphin Sighting Trip in Bali

"The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it."
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While in Bali, Indonesia in March 2013 I traveled from the southern part of the island to the northern section to a town named Lovina for a dolphin sighting tour.  I LOVE dolphins...so sounds great right?  Well, it was great and it was worth it AFTER I got up at 3:00 AM.  I'm NOT a morning person so that was literally painful for me!  I am also not the type of person who scares easily, BUT the 2 hour taxi ride in the dark through very curvy and hilly back roads had me sitting on the edge of my seat!  As you can see I did get to see dolphins - LOTS of them!  Getting photos of them was not easy though - even with a super fast shutter speed!  It was also dark and the boat you see in the photos is the one I rode in.  It was going very fast in the wavy water and was a very bumpy ride.  In the end it was worth it and I would do it again!  I also got to see an incredible sunrise which is highly unusual for me!  The photos on this post are some of my most popular on Panoramio.  Many web sites have displayed these photos which is fine and I actually am very flattered when my photos are shared as long as I'm given credit and they link back to me.  In case you want to view any of my other photos here is the link:
 
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 "Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc…and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons."


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Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love to read your comments or questions and and reading other people's blogs as well.  Your e-mail address will never be published.  Until next time, take care my friends!

 

 Michelle

 

 


Why I Named This Blog What I Did

"Live with intention.  Walk to the edge.  Listen hard.  Practice wellness.  Play with abandon.  Laugh.  Choose with no regret. Continue to learn.  Appreciate your friends.  Do what you love.  Live as if this is all there is." Mary Anne Radmacher

I do live on the water in Florida that is not on an island, BUT it seems like I always end up visiting them.  In no way am I complaining or saying that is a bad thing.  There is really only one drawback and that is the cost of my flight is generally a little more since there is usually an extra connection from the mainland.  For example, when I traveled to Phuket, I had to stop in Bangkok first.  We own some timeshares and the island destinations tend to be available very frequently and I'm guessing the flight cost is part of the reason why.  I'm not saying the price is always higher, but it seems to often be the case. When I travel I do a lot of walking and hiking, generally 5-10 miles a day.  It's nothing for me to spend 8 hours out just wandering around exploring. people watching, and taking photos.  Here is a list of some of the islands I've traveled to and some photos of them:  I will add more photos of these islands in my next post

Bermuda

Puerto Rico

Big Island

Maui

Kauai

Phuket

Bali

Malta/Gozo

Phi Phi Island (where Leonardo Dicaprio filmed "The Beach")

James Bond Island

Ha Long Bay (one of the natural wonders of the world)

The following two photos were taken on James Bond Island - a very small island in Thailand at the tip of Southeast Asia:

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Next two photos are in Maui, Hawaii.  The first picture was taken in the southern part of the island and the second one was taken on the northern part of the island

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 The following two photos were taken on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The first one was taken at Black Sands Beach and the bottom one was taken at Green Sands Beach  (I was there for a yoga training)

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The final two photos were taken in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.  It is one of the natural wonders of the world and the 3 day cruise I went on was one of the best travel experiences I've had!  The second photo is of me jumping off the third floor of our small cruise ship into 60 foot deep jellyfish infested water.  The water was warm at least :-)

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