In this trip I decided I was going to try to go down on my things-to-do list, things I haven’t dared or managed in the previous trips. One of those was diving.
It may sound strange for some people, but I must tell you this was not an easy task.. I had always thought I couldn’t dive because of my ears -I had tried once before and it was really painful- plus it was quite scary and impressive the thought of “breathing underwater”..
But there I was, after a lot of persuasion from a friend and lots of training in the swimming pool this summer: diving!! in Koh Samet!
That was so much fun!
So here are my very first shots underwater, while taking the exams and training to get my Open Water Dive.
A year ago my best boy-friend came to visit me to Norway and I decided to take him to Prekkestolen, which was one of Norway’s wonders I hadn’t visited yet, waiting for the perfect oportunity to go. And there we were!
The way up there with a 4-year old on our backs was tough, but the views were so worth it! I must admit I got very impressed and scared by the sight of it but I have a very sweet and beautiful memory of that trip.
So here they are, the pictures. This turned out to be the last trip with my Nikon D90.
Cuba is a wonderful country with inspiring people.
I am Spaniard so I could talk with everyone and listen to everything was said and at times I felt sad because you can sense the fear in their tones and hear it in the way they talk.
We drove across Cuba from La Habana to Baradero and back, and of course with the car always full of people!
Before travelling I do my homework, I read all the books I can put my hands on, forums, ask around to those who have already been there..so I don’t miss a thing wherever I am. So I knew transport is a problem to most Cuban people and decided “to do my bit” -as I found out they say in English – and fill the car with people. And what a nice and clever idea turned out to be! They showed us the road when there were no signs and we learned a lot about the culture, the country and their spirit.
Cuba is definitely worth a visit and if you happen yo rent a car, don’t be afraid and help them out. You’ll see how happy some women are to realize that they won’t spend the night on the road waiting for a lorry to pass by.
2 Spanish kisses, Vk
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Indonesia was the other destination on my honeymoon.
We usually don’t spend much on accommodation but since it was our romantic trip and we felt that somehow it had to be memorable, we decided to allocate part of the budget for the accommodation in Bali.
It turned out to be a great investment, as we had our own villa and a driver to take us around and show us the non-tourist markets for a couple of days. We felt us blessed with Mr. Butt. *:o)
Here are some of the shots I took with what turned out to be my last compact camera (excluding the underwater shoots of course!).
After this trip it began a new era for me: the reflex camera.
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Monday 10. September 9am. I receive a call from a friend who asks me..do you have any plans for Sunday 23th? Could you do me a favour?
As I learned from my mother, when a friend asks you for something, you just say yes, instantly, automatically. And then, right after, you start the machinery in your head to make it possible. And if this favour involves travelling, I do not even blink! So I smiled and said: of course!
I had 12 days to find the right equipment which I must tell you, it’s quite a mission in Norway for such a tiny person as I am. But I run all over Oslo and asked friends and family for help and there I was. Guide for a group of 8. All with different reasons but with the same purpose and goal: to walk around 250km in 10 days trough the north of Spain. El Camino.
I couldn’t bring my reflex camera as I had to cut off all extra weight but I’ve always thought that when the landscape and surroundings are beautiful you for sure get good pictures.
I hope they bring you the peace and joy I felt during the Camino and that they make you write down “Camino” on your wishing list of destinations to go to. As it certainly is worth the effort and sweat!