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Amazon Shore line: Adventures in the Flooded Forest

This picture was taken in the Amazon Rainforest somewhere on the Juma River. The Juma is one of the many offshoots of the Amazon and the Rio Negro. Taking boats along any of these river areas gives you an opportunity to see birds, monkeys, and sometimes Caimans or Iguanas; all of which are pretty difficult to see when hiking through the dense forest. Boats are also a pretty good way to stay cool and still cover a large area. It’s a fun, not stressful, way to spend a day!

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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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Asleep at the Wheel

This picture was taken in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here you will find a lot of these little vehicles, which go by different names depending on where you are, but in laos they are Tuk Tuks. These little carts are hooked up to motorbikes, and are actually a really effective (and fairly cheap) source of transportation. In Luang Prabang it’s pretty easy to get around on foot, but if you are going for a location a bit out of town, these are really fun to ride in. You can find them all over, but over by the river, just on the other side of the buildings on the main road in Luang Prabang, you can find these guys relaxing, or hanging out, and you can haggle with them on the price of a ride. Some of them, like this guy, even sleep in hammocks in the back. Pretty clever if you ask me!

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This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar (formerly Burma) just outside one of the many incredible pagodas that you can visit. This was really just a luck shot, I don’t really know why this baby was in a basket, but I thought it was a pretty cool picture none the less. This woman, and her children, were with a group of people who seemed like they were just passing through the area where the Pagoda was located, they had stopped to look at a group of tourists. The interest was clearly mutual, the small group of Burmese people was looking at the tourists, and the tourists (a group from the U.S.) were looking right back, it was sort of an interesting exchange to witness. If you look closely you can see a sort of yellow-white paste is covering the child’s face. The paste is called Tha Na Ka, it’s made from a sort of ground root and water mixture, it’s applied to the face to help keep you cool. While we were there my sister and I tried it ( a very sweet older lady outside a temple applied it for us, she was also very insistent that we smell it, though it really didn’t have much of a strong scent) it was an interesting experience, but neither of us found it to be particularly cooling after it dried. Still, i’d recommend trying it if you have a chance (and if you don’t have any serious plant allergies) it’s an interesting experience, and a lot of local people seemed really pleased by the fact that tourists were trying it out. Behind the woman you can see a horse cart, these are really common in Bagan and you can hire them to take you to pagodas if you prefer the more open air travel to taxis.

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This is a little marketplace we found in Krakow, Poland. Food wasn’t super expensive in Poland, which was a really nice contrast to some of the other place we had stayed. We went to this market right when we got to Krakow, we were actually looking for a museum, but it was closed, and we happened to find this little market instead. We bought a ton of fresh fruit and sat in a nearby park and ate it and just watched the locals walk around. It was really nice, and it was really cool to see how they sell sunflower seeds there, still attached to the actual flower. We took our time in Poland a little slow, we didn’t go to too many tourist attractions, but we had a really great experience there, and the food was seriously amazing. If you are visiting Krakow keep an eye out for a 24 hour Perogi restaurant, the perogis were good (and super cheap) and it’s wonderful to have a 24 hour place! We went and got perogis right before we left and took them with us on our seriously early morning train. Poland is a great place to visit, but i’d definitely recommend doing some research before you go, just so you have a better idea of what you’ll want to see when you’re there.

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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 ┬áreally 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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