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Girl in Santa Maria de Jesus

This photo was taken in Santa Maria de Jesus in Guatemala. This town is about a thirty minute bus ride from Antigua. It’s not really a touristed area. Though there is a cool old church up there. I’d recommend a visit to Santa Maria if you want to get a better feel for what guatemala is actually like. While Antigua is really lovely, it’s a colonial city, and as it is a UNESCO world heritage site, not much has changed there. In Santa Maria, or some of the other small town areas that surround Antigua, you can get more of a feel for the general every day life of the people that live there. This young girl, like most, if not all, of the young girls that live in Santa, is in tradition dress. Huipiles (the top she is wearing) are often made by hand, and are typically worn along with a plainer fabric skirt that is tied together by an embroidered belt.

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This picture was taken inside one of the many Pagodas found in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). There are over a thousand Pagodas in the area, and each one has something interesting to offer. Some are more ornate on the inside, others have more to offer in terms of architectural design. Many have intricate paintings, some of which, have faded away, or have been lost over time. In this picture you can see, on the wall behind the Buddha statue, as well as in the hall, the remnants of some of these fantastic paintings. Personally, I like the combination of the bricks and the paintings, it really allows you to see multiple aspects of the Pagoda, in terms of it’s construction, and the way it has changed over time. Many of the pagodas are still in use, for religious purposes, as well as for visiting tourists. Often you will see buddhist monks, like this one, praying in front of these statues. If you see this, try not to be disruptive. Walk around rather than in front, and make sure that you do not take any pictures with your back facing the Buddha. Also when visiting these pagodas be respectful in the way you dress, many have signs posted outside to indicate what is/ is not appropriate dress, and make sure you take of your shoes, and socks. I can’t recommend visiting these sites highly enough, they are truly amazing, and pictures (even good ones) don’t really do them justice. If you are visiting Bagan it’s not likely that you will have time to see all of the Pagodas in the area, we were there for four days and we saw twenty-one, so do your research! Get a guide book, or a guide/ driver if you are more comfortable with that, and figure out which of the temples you want to see the most. No matter what you see when you are here, they all have something to offer, and each one is unique and beautiful. If you are in Myanmar try to find time to visit Bagan, it is absolutely worth the trip!

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This picture was taken in a little alley in a smaller neighborhood of Rome, a little bit outside the main city. We went over here to just wander around we found some cool places to shop, and there were a bunch of cute little cafes around. We also visited a  really pretty little church. Rome is a great place, and the city has a lot to offer, but it’s worth while to wander around the back streets. Really get a feel for the city, the parts outside of the more heavily touristed areas. We took the bus here, and to a few other smaller neighborhoods, we definitely enjoyed seeing the slower, more local side of Rome. So if you have some extra time, take a detour! Just a mini-adveture to get a better idea of more than one aspect of the city, it’s worth it!

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This is a photograph of some graffiti that we found while wandering around some back streets in a small neighborhood of Rome, Italy. Graffiti like this, the more artsy kind rather than just tagging, was not something that we saw a lot of in Rome, or Florence. This piece, I thought, was particularly beautiful, and it really stood out in the tiny neighborhood area. I’m pretty sure that this artist is one that we saw while we were in London too, I believe the square at the bottom right is the signature.

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African Sunrise

Silhouette of a couple of giraffes in the early morning sun at Masai Mara, Kenya. Early mornings and evenings are a great time to go out and see a lot of animal activity if you are on safari!

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A chicken bus travels down a bumpy cobblestone road in Antigua. All the streets are like this, and all are lined with the front walls of colorful houses, like you can see here. In the background is a volcano, which can be seen in many areas of Antigua. If you are interested you can even book a trip to go do a volcano climb. It's a lot of fun, hard work though, but on the way down you are more or less surfing through ashy rock, which is EXTREMELY fun. I'd highly recommend it, but if you are planning on doing this you should eat a big breakfast first and make sure you have a protein snack and some water 🙂

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Taken in Delhi, India. A beautiful, and super colorful, city. For anyone heading there ; it's extremely photogenic, and there are lots of cool places to go. Even just walking around there is lots of amazing things to see!

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