“Good morning, would you like some coca tea?’” Bright-eyed assistant guide Jean-Pierre wakes me at 5am from a cold-restricted slumber. He hands me tea and I try not to spill any in my tent before snuggling back into my sleeping bag. A few moments later I roll a little too furiously into a seated position and indeed spill my tea.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Backpacks on and poles in wool-gloved hands, we quickly rise out of the cold dark valley. The sun greets us at our first rest stop, bathing us in glorious, soft, early-morning light.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A team of horsemen accompanies us on our hike, setting up and packing down our camp as we go. This morning they guide the horses, mules and llamas past us up the slopes. Head horseman Eduardo and his steed Sandro position themselves at the back of the group to ensure we’re on the right track. We pass turquoise lakes filled with trout and encircled by snow. The weather is perfect today—no rain or snowfall and bright-blue sky overhead. We’re tremendously lucky.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We pass switchbacks of grass, gravel, dirt, and rocks big and small. We carefully walk over moss and small streams, climbing onwards to Sicllakasa Pass. We pause to marvel at our surrounds and the fact we’re actually here to witness these remarkable views with our own eyes. The silence feels immense in the open landscape.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... an excerpt from my story 'Peru by Foot: Taking the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu', which you can read in its entirety via the link in my bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #peru#larestrek#perutravel#discoverperu#visitperu#gadventures @gadventures #myfeatureshoot#travelphotographer#travelwriter#travel#cntraveler#guardiantravelsnaps#traveldeeper#ichosetowander#mytinyatlas#worldnomads#roamtravels#slowtravel
The Kalasha live in the valleys of the Hindu Kush mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their culture has some of the most unique practices in the world. Over the decades their number of valleys and population has been decreasing. Today there are about 3,500 Kalasha living in total of three valleys. . . Yesterday on #worldheritageday I attended the @kalashatravelingexhibit in Lahore. This photograph was part of the exhibition there. . . Some Kalash practices are also on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage. However we shouldn’t need the validation of a fancy list to realize that these are distinct, unique people, whose culture and beliefs should be respected. Just like everyone else’s. . . Thanks @facepakistan for organizing this! . . . #kalashvalley#kalasha#unique#responsibletourism#pakistan#unesco#worldheritage#dawndotcom#bbctravel#worldnomads#travel#explore#stories
When I arrived to the café, I could finally speak Spanish. I had quite missed it. Guillaume was just staring and not knowing what to say. Literally. He only spoke French. At the place, there was this guy whose accent I recognized immediately: he was from Lima. Guillaume left so that I could stay with the lady that night. The guy also left. I later found out he was a refugee. He had been living there for thirteen years. He was a musician and taught violin, guitar and I don’t know what other instruments to kids. The lady told me that. I stayed with her at the café so she could finish her cigarettes. Her extra bedroom was at her house— fifteen minutes away in tramway. We had a long talk. Well, she had. I don’t usually share a lot. I prefer listening. She mentioned she loved movies, specially Xavier Dolan’s ones. She was obsessed with his work. She loved reading, and she also said she was a refugee. She went to Strasbourg escaping from guerrillas in her country, when she was 22. The night I met her, she was more than 50, and she had married a French man whom she seemed to love. The talk was that interesting that I almost forgot about all the smoke from her cigarettes, which I don’t feel comfortable with. She took out another pack of them, and admitted smoking more than four packs a day. It was 2:00 in the morning and I wanted to continue listening but I was, indeed, nodding. I had not slept very well despite how comfortable the floor is. So she got the message; but right before we were getting ready to leave, the guy from Lima enters with a guitar on his hands, and six more people. Maybe eight. All of them from Spanish-speaking countries. Apparently, their party was about to start. This pic I took on my first day in Strasbourg. That’s the entrance of the hotel where I stayed that week. Those beds were clouds. That’s what I wrote on my review. Clouds. Clouds I was missing more and more as the party went on.
Voilà, la grande aventure a commencé ! Pour tt vous avouer, lors du transfert en avion, ns avons ts les 2 laissé retomber la pression. Ces derniers mois ont été remplis de stress et d’inquiétudes… Quitter deux 2 boulots stables avec pensions intéressantes à la clef, aller à l’encontre des attentes familiales, professionnelles, vider sa maison, la louer, trouver des personnes de confiance pour garder notre petit poilu et partir à l’aventure ! Je pense que nous ne réalisons pas encore ce qu'il nous arrive… Prendre la décision de partir était une chose, faire les démarches pour l’entreprendre encore une autre mais être le jour J ns apporte encore d'autres sentiments! Mtnt, ns avons encore un peu la tête à l'envers… Nos doutes ont été nombreux et le sont encore aujourd’hui mais nous l’avons fait, nous avons osé ! Quelque soit notre avenir et la direction que nous prendrons, nous pouvons déjà être fiers de nous d’avoir réussi à surmonter nos peurs et d’avoir réussi à franchir ce cap. Parce que la routine est tueuse et est à bannir pour évoluer, parce qu’il est important de se lancer des défis pour grandir, parce que la peur ne doit pas nous empêcher de vivre … alors pour tt ces raisons et bien d'autres, ns pensons avoir fait le bon choix. Sachez juste que nous ne sommes pas photographes, ni professionnels IT et encore moins mannequins, mais nous avons décidé d’être juste nous, monsieur et madame « tt le monde » et c’est déjà pas mal ! Après tout, nous avons aussi le droit de sortir des règles occidentales, de découvrir le monde qui nous entoure et ses multiples cultures pour peut-être, par la suite, avancer vers une autre destinée … Maintenant, que l'aventure commence !
We made it to BELIZE! 🇧🇿. . We are already in love with this country. Everyone is so helpful and kind! We took the water taxi to San Pedro where we will be staying the next few nights, had a few rum punches, and strolled the streets. We had a fresh Belizean style seafood dinner then took a relaxing walk on the beach under the full moon. 🌙. . Definitely a great way to kick this trip off! We can’t wait to go diving tomorrow morning! . I would love to hear your advice... if you’ve been to Belize, what was your favorite thing you did/saw? . 🇧🇿 Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize
Ubud is well known as the cultural heart of Bali. It is loud and full of colour and life. It possesses a frenetic kind of energy, which I loved. Yet step into the maze of side streets or one of its many temples and suddenly you can hear birdsong, there is calm.
El payaso de IT me daba yuyu. . . . . . . #melbourne#australia#clown#bealpha#sonyalpha#lunaparck#streetphotographer#streetphotography#iamtb#passionpassport#travelgram#lonelyplanet#viajar#thediscoverer#liveforthestory#yourshotphotographer#buscablogs#primerolacomunidad#meettheworld#worldnomads#traveldudes#backpackerstory#backpackersworld
you like my flower bouquet...gee thanks, I MADE IT — this one is a cascade bouquet, super popular for weddings, and features white phalaenopsis orchids with pops of orange-peachy color from the carnations and roses