Autumn leaves at Higashiyama Botanical Gardens, Nagoya, Japan.
Taken in November 2014.
I am surrounded by mountains, and every ten days we hike across the forest (Taiga) and climb up to a cross on the top of one of the mountains. I say climb, and I mean it. There are lots of big boulders and rocks.
It’s not easy, but not too difficult either. At the top, it makes me feel very small. It’s so quiet. And there is nothing but mountains, trees and silence for a very long way.
Of course, we are the main characters in our own lives, but just one tiny part in the grand scheme of things.
I’ve been up 3 times, and the last 2 times, even though I kept reapplying factor 50 suncream I got quite sunburt. Mountain sun is strong…
“I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills, I love the flowers, I love the daffodils, I love the fireside when all the lights are low… Boom-di-ada, boom-di-ada, boom-di-ada, boom-di-ada…”
I’ve taken a break from Bangkok, for some scenery that’s a little different to cars, grey skies heavy with rain, and buildings. I’m in Russia. Siberia to be exact. And there’s snow!
And mountains and trees as far as I can see in every direction!
I’m working at a summer camp, so I’m here for a little while. I will try and post a few more pictures soon because, well, it’s beautiful.
Speak to you soon!
Trying out the WordPress app…
I’m currently relaxing in my new adoptive Thai family’s home, surrounded by a large variety of food, lovely, friendly and welcoming people, and two cats who have been trying to have sex for several hours, but keep being interrupted.
Over the past few days I’ve been driven around in the back of a pick-up truck with at least 8 other people, and have helped splash cold water over people in other trucks (whilst being splashed with icy water myself). I’ve stood slightly awkwardly while waiting to wai the correct people at the appropriate time. I’ve met the whole extended family and been sniff kissed (hom) by an elderly auntie. It’s been exclaimed many times how white I am. I’ve also eaten a lot of spicy food, and come to realise that the southern accent really is quite different…
It’s been awesome :D
So, just a few instagrammed pics from Trang.
Happy Songkran! :-)
To be read/looked at with this opened in a new tab…..
Despite the heat, Bangkok is actually quite gloomy most of the time! Here are a couple of pics from my lunch break :)
There are huge Monitor lizards in this park, one day I will actually have my camera with me when I see one….
I decided to look up. It’s funny how quickly you become accustomed to the mass of cables and wires that are stretched everywhere in Bangkok. When one breaks or needs replacing, a long, skinny, bamboo ladder is put up, sometimes in the middle of the road, while an often unaccompanied repair man shimmies up it.
For me, this photo is about urban necessity and nature – either the tree grew around the cables… or the cables grew around the tree!
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