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Albino Alligator

Albino Alligator

This photo was taken at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California. The Cal Academy is an awesome place to go for a day, and if you’re interested and 21 or over, they also have nightlife programs every Thursday. It’s not exactly a regular museum, kind of more like a science center; it’s got a planetarium, an aquarium, and a bio dome. It’s a great place to visit with kids, or to go for a date, or just a fun day of science! So, If you’re in the mood for some super cool learning, and you’re in the bay area, you should definitely check it out!

Black Bear on the River

This picture was taken in Sequoia/ Kings Canyon National Park in California. The parks are absolutely gorgeous and definitely worth visiting. Both parks have a lot to offer, including; a plethora of wildlife, tons of hiking trails, camp sites, lodges, cabins, and fantastic scenery. The parks are SUPER impressive no matter where you’re from, but if you’ve never seen a giant sequoia (redwood) before, then prepare to be amazed. We went during the summer this year and we saw tons of animals, including this Black Bear (and seven others). There are easy trails and trails for backpackers, and the people who work at rangers stations are really helpful if you have questions. Just a reminder, if you’re going to be hiking here to bring the appropriate footwear and outdoor gear for the type of hike you’re going on!

Hello Again!

Hey everyone, sorry for being completely MIA lately, this blog was connected to an email account that was disconnected when I graduated school, and I’d forgotten my password. I JUST figured out what it was again, so the blog should be up and running again in no time! I’ll be posting lots of new pictures 🙂

Boat on a River

Boat on a River

This picture was taken from a boat on the Mekong River in Myanmar. You can take a boat on the Mekong to go see the sunset, and I’ve got to say, it’s really beautiful. I like boats, and taking the boat trip gave me a slightly different perspective of the area than walking around did. The view is really cool, and it’s also pretty interesting to see people in different types of boats doing different things. These men were fishing with a net, which was interesting to watch. We also saw passenger boats carrying tourists, Buddhist monks, and locals who were just getting from one side of the river to the other. Also visible from the boat are the many pagodas in the area, their mountain-like shapes and spires make for a really cool horizon. You can also see people on the banks, just going about everyday life; planting or harvesting, collecting shells, kids play and bathing in the shallows near the rivers banks, it’s a good way to get a better idea of what life is really like here. If you are interested in arranging a boat trip for an hour or two, you can probably do so at your hotel, or you can just head over to the banks and see if there are any boats taking tourists/ travelers out.

Night Market: Fish Dinner

This is one in a series of photos taken at the night market in Luang Prabang, Laos. The Market is super cool, with fantastic shopping and a ton of places to eat. This is a picture of some of the fish that were for sale, there’s a nearby river, and i’m pretty sure the fish come from there, so it’s really fresh. The market is a nice, mellow place to hang out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a bit on the bustling side, but the attitude is pretty calm, and all of the vendors are friendly. Theres a ton of really cool hand made stuff to buy, as well as some antiques, and pretty much any sort of not-cheesy souvenir you’d want to buy (this includes a pretty impressive array of teeshirts). The food that we had while we were there was really good too, and since it’s market food you can eat it on the go, or sit at one of the tables set up in the food alley if you’d rather relax and eat. If you’re a skeptic when it comes to street food there are also plenty of good restaurants around in town.

Thanaka

Thanaka

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These photos were taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). This woman is selling Thanaka, a sort of cosmetic bark paste that’s pretty common in Myanmar. The paste is applied to the face, and sometimes the arms, it sort of acts as a sun block, and its used to keep people cool. We bought some from this woman; she was really sweet, and she was REALLY excited that we were interested in this. It’s sold mostly to locals, and you don’t really see tourists with it, but we were curious. She showed us how the paste was made, let us smell it, and applied it to both mine and my sister’s faces. She didn’t speak any english, but it was a really interesting interaction all the same, and even with the language barrier it was easy to tell that both of the parties involved were equally interested. Myanmar is a fantastic place, and probably one of the more interesting countries i’ve visited, mostly because it’s an awesome place, but also because it’s really just starting to become a tourist destination. The people are friendly, the food is fantastic, the culture is really incredible, and the art and archaeological sites are just amazing. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a visit to Myanmar! I’ve only been to two cities there, but I would highly recommend both Bagan and Yangon.

Fish-Mobile

Fish- Mobile

This picture was taken in the wacky, wonderful, and weird city of San Francisco. San Francisco, being one of the major cities in Northern California, has a TON to offer. Some of my favorite San Fran places are the Cal Academy of Sciences, The Golden Gate Bridge, and Haight Ashbury. It’s a really neat city, and you can find a lot of interesting areas just by wandering around. We happened to drive past this on a recent visit there, I thought it was super cool, and pretty indicative of the awesomely artsy weirdness that can be found in this city. If you’re planning to visit i’d recommend looking into visiting some of the numerous museums the city has to offer, or looking to see what events may be happening during your visit. This is also a great place to go for music, check to see if there are any cool concerts or music festivals going on during your stay!