There are big plans for this blog!

We might be back in Canada, but I still have big plans for this blog. I think that the best is yet to come, and here is why!

Amazing travel posts!
Editing photos and blogging while on the road is not the easiest thing. I still have 120 days of unedited photos and about twice as many blog posts to go. I’ve kept some of the biggest photo days for the end, and big days mean that we were doing / seeing something amazing. You won’t want to miss these! Here is what to keep an eye out for:

- Indonesia: Rice terraces and white beaches.
– Laos: Monks, temples, waterfalls, rice farming.
– India: Rivers, cows, temples, camel rides, the Taj Mahal, Tibetan flags.
– Turkey: The Hagia Sophia, Cappadocia, wild flowers, Pamukkale.
– Bulgaria: Sofia.
– Bosnia: Nature, war, architecture.
– Croatia: Walled city.
– Greece: Mountain-top churches, ancient ruins.
– Zimbabwe & Tanzania: Luxurious safaris, the big 5.
– Argentina: Big cities, wine, glaciers, waterfalls and mountains. We went there 3 times!
– Chile: Pisco sours, surf beaches, fjords, the W, penguins.
– Uruguay: Old Colonia.
– Paraguay: Jesuit ruins.
– Colombia: Stunning Cartagena, beaches, jungle and sunsets.
– Panama: Jungle, beaches, poison dart frogs.
– Costa Rica: Beaches and jungle.

Tips, tricks, and so much more!
A little “how to” for fellow travelers and those planning a big vacation. There will be some great stuff in there, from budgeting to travels truths nobody tells you about. We’ll also include trip tallies, top fives and other fun reads.

New city, new life updates!
Once our trip is actually over, we will be moving to Kelowna in British Colombia. I will try to blog about starting our new life on a more day-to-day basis, so that these updates are more current.

With all of these great things coming soon on the blog, you won’t want to miss a post. With a combination of back-dated and day-to-day posts going up at the same time, the simplest way to keep up with everything will be by following one of these easy options.

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Keeping up-to-date with blog posts

As you might know, I am far behind in both blog posts and photo editing. I want my blog posts to have pictures to illustrate the stories of the day, but editing pictures take time. Then, there is the issue of internet: uploading pictures in foreign countries also can take a long time, and finding internet itself can be a challenge. When the stars align, I try to post as much as possible.

To keep blog posts in order, I have been backdating my posts. This mean that what happened on say, today, will appear on the blog with today’s date, even if it might be posted months from now. While this works great in some respects, it doesn’t work too well in others. The issue is mainly that I have been blogging certain posts sooner than others, and so things have been getting blogged out of order (yet with the correct date). The result: it becomes really confusing for readers of my blog to see if there are any new posts by just showing up on the blog’s main page.

There are solutions though to easily keep track of new posts, current or back dated:

  • You can subscribe to the blog’s feed via a feed reader. I use Google Reader and I love it: it allows me to easily track and read all of the blogs that I follow in one spot. Otherwise:
  • You can subscribe to the blog and receive blog posts via email using the “Follow Me” feature on the right-hand sidebar on the blog.
  • If you are a WordPress user, you can subscribe to the blog via WordPress using the “Follow” button on the toolbar at the top of the blog’s page.
  • Lastly, I share some blog posts on Facebook, as long as they are noteworthy.

I encourage you to pick a solution that works best for you, and this way you won’t miss a post.

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New words | Random

I came across these two words quite randomly, and I just fell in love with both of them. It is amazing how fantastic language can be, and how certain words are created to describe something… very hard to describe!

These cannot be translated, only defined. They explain emotions and realities that every lover of travel encounters, and has to learn to live with.

The first word is Welch:

(Via nm3shouq on Instagram)

And the second word is German.

(Via PoesyRoss on Etsy – you can buy the medallion on her Etsy site)

What do you think? Do any of these words speak to you?

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On procrastination and behing behind | Home

Most of you visiting and reading my blog are aware that I am very much behind of my blog posts. I do not hide this fact – indeed I even have a notice on the front page of my blog letting everyone know what will be published, eventually, when I get around to it.

There are many reasons as to why I am behind. Most of it has to do with two things that are deeply intertwined: the fact that I am a perfectionist, and the fact that I am completely and utterly burnt out on editing photos.

I want my blog posts to be in order, and so I am backdating them as to seemingly blog them on the day they happened. I also want these blog posts to have the edited photos that correspond with the day they were taken. And here lies the issue: I have too many photos to edit from our trip. There are numerous days that have over 1000 photos to look through, narrow down, and edit. On average most days have between 100 and 300 photos. I took photos on almost every day of our trip, and our trip lasted 609 days. Just think of that… it’s a lot of photos for one person to work on.

I edited photos for hours on end almost every day for more than two years straight, and then, I just didn’t want to look at photos anymore. I hardly even want to take photos anymore. I am burnt out. And so posts go un-posted, waiting for photos that are no coming. Yet.

I have tried giving myself small daily goals to at least get some work done but the issue is this: I just don’t want to do it (picture a child throwing a tantrum and stomping their feet). On the other hand, I know that if I just do it and get it done I will feel so much better… and so I haven’t given up – I am just giving myself the permission to recuperate. This is supposed to be fun, and I am hoping that it will become fun again soon!

Now getting to the actual point of this post. What got me to write today about my current state of procrastination is not an “out of the blue” desire to share my state of mind with regards to photography. I just thought that what I said above fit in well with what I actually wanted to talk about.

What started all of this is something that I noticed since I have actually started blogging 2013 again. (All of the photos are done for that year, and so I have no excuses. It is not a particularly fascinating year, just a year at home mostly, but it is a start.) While I was adding new blog posts I noticed that old blog posts from 2005 were missing their photos. For some reason, all of the image links had been corrupted. So, being a perfectionist, I went through every single blog posts from the start of the blog in 2005 to September 2005 to check and fix image links.

What I saw over and over again was a blog post from 2005 sitting in my draft folder. And finally, after fixing all of those links, I decided to finish blogging 2005 once and for all. Yes. This is why I am writing to you: yesterday I published a post from 2005. It had been sitting in my draft folder for 9 years. How terrible is that? How hysterical is that? I mean, it’s hard to come across a better example of procrastination.

You can read it here. It is about hiking Mt Fuji in Japan and has a lot of bad photos from 2005, when I wasn’t that great with my camera.

I think the whole point of this is what I wanted to tell you, and tell myself. If you feel like you are falling behind. If you feel like you are failing. If you feel like you are procrastinating. If you feel bad about it. It can’t be as bad as being 9 years behind. It is never too late. You will get there. Chin up! It’s best to just laugh about it.

Do you have any problems with or solutions for procrastination?

me with sunrise

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Mystery rolls of film revealed | Canada

When we returned to Canada in 2012 after our big trip had ended, I discovered two rolls of 120 film in my camera bag. The thing is, I had no idea what was on it, or from when they were from. Developing 120 film is pretty expensive, and so I tend to always wait a while before getting it done – and then I just forget what’s on the roll!

I never had them developed while in Kelowna because there wasn’t anywhere to get it done there, and I also just kept forgetting about them. That is, until now! I finally decided to send the film in to see what mysterious locations was forever captured on negative… and crossed my fingers that the expired rolls were still fine.

The film scans came back today, and it turns out that the two rolls of film were shot during our road trip across Canada back in September 2010. From the Canadian Rockies to the Great Lakes, there is a little bit of everything!

Shot with a Diana + | expired 120 film | developed by Richard Photo Lab.

revelstoke river
taking a rest
on highway 1
moraine lake
moraine lake
at the dinosaur park
at the dinosaur park
at the dinosaur park
somewhere in the prairies
lake of the woods
kakabeka falls
wawa, ontario
beachy lake superior

It was nice to go down memory lane with this little summary of our long road trip… I sometimes miss the road!

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Season’s Greetings and quick update | Home

season's greetings everyone!

First of all, happy holidays everyone! I hope that your are having a fantastic time, with family, friends, great food, and keeping nice and warm!

I know I have been very quiet lately… or perhaps most of the year – but I am still here! There has been quite a few changes in our lives that have been keeping us busy, some of which I am not ready to talk about yet. However, these changes mean a lot of free time on the horizon, and plenty of opportunity to blog and attempt to catch up. In addition, I am almost done editing 2013’s photos. The plan for the new year is this: finish 2013 and make a solid dent in all of our big trip’s photo that are still unsorted and unedited. It would be really nice to be done and move on! Here is to hoping.

See you all in the new year!

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Homemade pomegranate lemonade | Texas

We still had a bunch of lemons around, and so today I decided to make lemonade. Since we also had some pomegranate, I chose to do a twist on the classic Turkish street drink of freshly-squeezed orange juice and pomegranate. Let me tell you. Squeezing all those lemons and those pomegranate seeds was a lot of work! The result was really worth the effort though.

making pomegranate lemonade

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