Happy New Year!
This morning I got up a little later than usual, I kissed my girls while they were still asleep and whispered happy new year my love…..I picked up my eldest daughter from a friends so that we could all be together for the beginning of the year. One went off to work….Family is everything.
I called my best friend in Adelaide and she was the one I wanted to say hi to first for 2019, express my love and gratitude for our friendship over the years.
I put on a load of washing, hung, healthy breakfast for lunch, a little tidy up and now time for me, a goal that I intend to keep this year, time to take care of me, what I love and acknowledge who I love.
I hope to share with you at least one professional image per day from my travels, some yet to be edited and some of my favourites from my past adventures, this year the aim is to find a little more balance and a closer relationship focusing on the VIP’s in my life, keeping it simple and real, still loving the minimalist life that I have embraced over the last few years, less truly is more in every respect.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of your support, likes and comments, it’s very much appreciated.
For my “me’ time hour today I will be editing my favourite images from Jökulsárlón Glacia Lagoon, Iceland, Sharing the first image that I love from that incredible time I spent with my eldest daughter on our trip to Iceland. Enjoy.
After 36 hours from leaving home, spending 12 between Oslo and Copenhagen (don’t ask) we finally arrived in Vagar, all the cars hire place were closed, i tried to call, go online to no avail we couldn’t hire a car, I had booked a hotel close by so we thought we would try again in the morning.
We had two options, walk around along the road or cut through a car park in the dark, using our mobile phone flash, I know I was delirious but I said to my daughter, ‘was that sheep?” Thanks Hotel Vagar, slept like a log, and thank you Maria for trying to help us get a car in the morning, like you said, it’s Sunday everyone is asleep, that’s fair
We tried again in the morning with Maria’s help, still closed we would have to wait until 2pm until the car hire opened, the lady at info said there was a bus to Torshavn in about an hour, this time in the daylight we walked through the car park, Sheep!!! told you i heard sheep last night! We grabbed our stuff and back to the airport we went to catch our bus. With only 6 days we thought let’s just keep moving, we’ll get a car at the next stop.
The bus driver pulled in and suggested we get on the bus and go for a ride, back to the airport then on our way to Torshavn we went, here’s the great thing about public transport, they will drop closer to your destination, how’s that for service?!
Finally arriving at our apartment (Central Apartments) we had booked for 4 days, made sense to have a base as most of the places we wanted to see were mostly about an hour away. Really cool apartment, close to everything you need, (very helpful host via email), including an Irish pub for my well earned cider and a real nice burger.
On the internet I went to find a car, nope nothing open, it’s Sunday, off we went to explore, easy enough to walk around, very pretty indeed, through the old town and up to the lighthouse just past the bus station.
Actually not as cold as we thought it would be, must be all those layers. Monday rolled around, finally! a car and delivered, what a manual? on the right side of the road, mmmm I think not, we went to the bus station, buses only run to and from once a day to most places, the ticket lady suggested we hop on a ferry to Nolsoy. Having wasted half a day as the days are short in November, we thought why not.
Population 213 not including us, it was a small quiet island and it looked like something out of a fairytale, very cute, you would think toy makers live in these colourful homes, we took off in different directions to explore on our own, it didn’t take long. I did enjoy the quiet, coloured houses, bursts of light on the landscape, inquisitive sheep, rugged coastline and the sunset.
What do you mean the ferry comes at 5pm? so we walked around to the other side having 3 hours to kill, the sun set, it was dark and our ferry finally arrived. To think it was only 5km, 20 minutes ferry ride bad, still very pretty, just as well we bought our lunch.
From Vik to Reykjavik .
Sometime life throws a few surprises your way which can restores your faith just like that!
I got up that morning thinking come on God, you gotta bring something, 6 hours is a long time in a town of 800 as pretty as it is, bring that adventure, and so he did.
It’s been a lot of downs in the last 6 months although some quite welcomed like coming down the mountain after a tough walk up against the elements. I thank God this planned trip come up when it did, nature is my favourite therapy.
So I’m not going to go into why I didn’t hire a car, lets just say I travel differently when I have my daughter/s with me.
After a great few days in Vik it was time to checkout out at 10am no buses back to Reykjavik until 4pm so I thought i would ask if anyone was going back, well the first girl I asked didn’t speak English that well but said, “wait for my friend”, so I did, how good is that 2 lovely German girls said Yes! So I rushed upstairs with a smile on my face, feeling great, I said “Charlotte get your shit together, Mumma’s got us a ride”, her face! lol I reassured her it was ok and then added, ‘This is how I roll”, well if i have too, usually very self sufficient. Iceland is not like most places I have visited, public transport is few and far between.
The Girls asked if we were in a rush, “nope” so off we went, they had a few places on their list to visit and I let them in on a few more that we had planned to visit that we would of missed out on had it not been for these generous woman. The day was spent stopping at some amazing locations, good laugh and chat with our new friends.
Come on you know I’m not a taker, I’m usually the giver, so of course, we invited them to crash at our apartment as they had an early flight the next day. A the world is once again balanced.
What a blessing, thank you lovely ladies for a great day.
I read a few articles about people being killed here, so if you ever visit, please be careful as the waves come out of nowhere, safety first peeps.
With the days shorter during winter in The Faroe Islands most days we would set out long before dawn to make the most of the day.
Still adjusting to the time difference, in a dream state, Anticipating the new landscape to be explored.
On the bus on the way to Klaksvík from Torshavn, a sudden burst of light out of the darkness, this pretty little town appeared across the water out of nowhere, My eyes widened and my heart lit up, it danced for only a short time, the clouds rolled over the sun and it was suddenly hidden again, my smile remained as I knew it was still there.
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Out on a whale watching cruise yesterday off Phillip Island, unfortunately we didn’t spot any, lots of playful dolphins and seals, There were lots of swells, rain and even hail stones at one point which made it all the more exciting. I love the way the waves dance and create quick moments of natures art. Victoria, Australia. You can purchase this image here.
What can one say about Bhutan, it’s peaceful, quiet, stunning landscape, the light breeze and the sound of prayer flags, I laid down as close to the edge, listen to the sounds and watched those flags, dance in the wind. No other sounds, it was magical. You can purchase this image here and many others.
A great morning out today with the last of the stunning colours at Tieve Tara Gardens, Victoria, a little chilly but well worth a day in nature. Here’s my spin on it.
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By far my favourite place in Bhutan, a small village closer to India, where beautiful people go about their day to day life, for a traveller like me, extraordinary moments. Meeting locals will always make a place I visit extra special.
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For me no matter where I travel and what I see, nothing warms the heart faster than a sincere smile, moments earlier i turned to see this gorgeous woman chatting to my girls and smiling away, language barrier? I think not, she was fascinated by them and I couldn’t help but fall in love with her, and i had to ask her for a hug, no journey is complete without the people you meet.
Sule Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, Burma
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