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Lake Atitlan

This picture was taken on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala. The lake is accessible by bus or shuttle from Antigua, and probably other nearby cities. The lake is surrounded by towns that can provide you with plenty of places to stay and plenty of shopping. Santiago de Atitlan also has a very cool tourist attraction. If you are looking for an authentic experience here this is the place to go. Ask any tuk tuk driver to take you to see Maximon (pronounced Mashymoan). He is the patron saint of gamblers and drunkards, and going to see him in the house where he is currently being hosted is quite an experience. The room is usually decorated with streamers, lots of fruits hanging from the ceiling, and bottles of Quetzalteca rum around on the floor. The room will also likely be filled with smoke from the cigars that are burning away in the statues mouth, and maybe some incense. It’s really cool to see, and I would highly recommend it. All the towns have shopping and places to stay, but I’d recommend Panajachel.

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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.

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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!

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Monks Outside a Temple

This picture was taken at one of the many Pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar. These monks were in charge of a group that seemed like it was on a field trip, they had lots of very curious little monks along with them, and they were just as interested in us as we were in them. It was an interesting exchange, my sister and I were taking pictures of the monks, and one of the older monks took out his cell phone and took a picture of us. I love it when both tourists and locals get something out of an experience! In our experience everyone in Myanmar was really friendly, and no one seemed to have a problem with pictures. Bagan is a fantastic city, and if you are visiting Myanmar I highly recommend a visit to Bagan!

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This is a photograph of Osorno Volcano, located in Los Lagos (the lakes district) of Chile. Chile is a beautiful country with a LOT of really interesting and diverse natural beauty to offer tourists. This is one of the more famous locations associated with Chile’s natural beauty, and it’s easy to see why. This imposing Volcano stands at 8,701 feet, or 2,652 Meters, and is part of the Chilean Andes. If you are looking to Visit this area of Chile make sure you have to appropriate attire. It gets COLD here! We  visited a while ago, I think I took this like 6 years ago!  But one of the things I remember very distinctly about the experience, besides how gorgeous it was in this area, is that my family was not prepared for the elevation and the cold climate that comes with it. So just do your research!

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This picture was taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma). This is a group of young buddhist monks going to collect alms. This was a lucky shot, we had woken up early and happened to see these monks passing the gates of our hotel on our way to breakfast. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country, and Bagan seems to have a particularly high number of Buddhist monks. It was really cool to see this, and i’m sure if you want to make sure you see it while you’re there, you could ask the front desk at your hotel when/ where it happens. Myanmar is still not a heavily touristed country, and it is a somewhat conservative place. It’s important to know about this and try to be respectful of this when traveling there. Try to cover your legs, at least to your knees, especially when you are entering temples, it’s also important to cover your shoulders and remove both shoes AND socks when entering any of the numerous pagodas in Bagan. It’s always a good idea to have a sarong with you to cover up for these visits. When watching the monks go for Alms, be respectful! Don’t take flash pictures, don’t break their line, and don’t talk to them. Being culturally considerate is something that I always stress, keep in mind that whenever, and wherever you travel, you are a visitor,  try your  best to be respectful of the traditions and beliefs of the place that you are visiting.

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This was taken in the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece. The museum has a lot of really cool artifacts, and is home to many really impressively carved pieces like this one. The museum is a really great place to spend a morning, or early afternoon when you’re in Athens. Its pretty easily accessible, we walked there from the hostel we stayed at. In the event that you’re looking for a hostel, the place is called Zorbas Hostel, and it’s pretty nice. They even had air conditioning, and its located right next to a metro, so you can get pretty much anywhere from there. The museum is really awesome, and it’s absolutely worth a visit.

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