Wow direct flights to Santiago, Chile!!!!
Cerro Santa Lucia.
An early morning walk, the streets were quiet and my journey had begun……………. Well worth climb to the top, the views were spectacular, a lovely introduction to the city of Santiago and a little training for treks to follow.
Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago
Walk up for about 45 minutes or take the cable cart to the top, a great introduction to Santiago city, a bit foggy so the Andes were not as clear as I would have liked, i heard after the rain is the best time for better visibility, next time maybe?? FYI
Llama at first site.
What a great site after coming down the hill, super soft, super cute, the owner was saying it’s ok squeeze him tight, all i could hear in my mind was my eldest daughter saying, “careful he might spit on you”, nope he was just as sweet as can be, a great way to start my travels through South America.
Along the way so many may cross your paths, some noticed and some un noticed, I absolutely enjoyed encountering this living creative full of confidence. Ha, an amazing place suspending in time and definitely it’s own charm. Want to checkout more of my work?
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.
One of the things i have learnt over the last 30 years of travel is to go with the flow, yes of course a plan but always flexible, those unexpected detours, destinations have often been the best journeys and memories. Earlier this year while in India with purpose to shoot for Alongsiders Org, I made sure I included a few extra days in-between shoots, My intention was to go up to North and greet the mountains! Chatting to a few peeps from Alongsiders, turned out that a one of the guys in Visakhapatnam was from Chandigarh which was half way to my destination, how awesome, they asked if I would change my second shoot from Delhi to Chandigarh!!!! Ummmm yes, they were amazing I was picked up from Delhi airport, thank God for that, too much city for me and would not visit otherwise, a 5 or so hours to Chandigarh. So I met a very cool pastor and a few others who more than happy to help, given only a couple of days I have to make a choice, I love that he looked at me and said “Dharamshala! you will love it, there are so many hippies” how did he know lol. They were amazing, organised my bus and dropped me off at the station. 6 or so hours later!!! But I met one of the most sweetest young ladies on the way, with a story to share……I love that complete strangers can share what they might not share to those closet to you, including myself…..What I didn’t know was that The Dalai Lama has a house and yes he was in the house, I did go up the the high security doors to see if I could meet him of course I knew I needed an appointment! hey if you don’t try at least the answer will always be no! A very cool young taxi driver who saved the day a few days earlier, dropped me off, I had a few hours to kill before my bus back for my 3rd unexpected shoot, a humble village in Punjabi…..and the journey continued, So very blessed, especially when things turnout better than expected!
All oiled up after a massage, yes that hike left me a little stiff, oh look there he is, I asked if I could take a photo, climbed up on the chair, trying not to fall, the ultimate selfie!!!!
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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3 Silvers and a huge smile.
Sweet little nun in Yangon, Bogyoke Aung San Market.
Is this the most incredible smile or what?!
Nothing grabs my attention faster than a beautiful heartfelt smile. These are the kind of smiles that let me know i am in exactly the right place and time. The first thing i noticed about the Burmese people is their wellness to smile, some just go for it, others will wait until they have caught your eyes, looking a little shy, woman and children will often wave at you as you pass by in a tut tut, on a train or anytime they feel like it as a reaction or they go first. Even the blokes will give you that smile that gives you that universal “welcome” Really lovely people, kind polite and all but ready to help.
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Standing proud in the middle of a small, artificial lake is Kyauk Kalap, Hpa An, Myanmar, a tall finger of sheer rock mounted by one of the most unlikely pagodas in Myanmar. It is a working monastery and is closed every day from 12pm to 1pm to allow the monks to meditate. From the top you can see great views of Mt Zwegabin, a great place for a sunset.
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A great way to end another amazing day, this time no pagoda climbing, but up the view point tower in Bagan, Myanmar, 360 degree view and not overcrowded. An orange glow on all smiley faces watching as the sunsets …
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What an amazing way to welcome a new day! Sitting on top of just one of the 2000 or so Pagoda’s in Bagan, Myanmar. A few days in so I was still on Melbourne time and easy enough to get up, I woke up one of my girls, yes the one that will venture out with me with her eyes closed. A little scary getting up while it was still a little dark, everyone excited waiting for the hot air balloons and sunrise. Truly amazing sight, rumour has it that the Prime mister was on board the first one released on this day.
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