One of the great things about taking this trip around the world – and there are many – has been meeting like-minded travelers online. Travel can be scary and when you’re in the planning stages of a trip with young kids you’ll often wish you had a few people to bounce things off of. I’ve been lucky. Through Facebook and Twitter I’ve met a lot of families who make me feel like I’m not as crazy as I sometimes think I am for trying to live this dream of ours.
Recently one of those people @akonthego reached across the Twittersphere and “tagged” me to participate in a shared blogging experience where I have to choose one photo for each of seven pre-assigned categories and post them here. I agreed immediately – and then took about two weeks to to write this – but I am taking part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. :)
And then the hard part: I had to choose.
Over the last nine months Ish and I figure we have taken approximately 50,000 pictures. I have to choose seven.
1. A photo that…takes my breath away
Masai Mara, Kenya: Our driver mentioned that there was a pride with cubs somewhere in the Masai Mara but stressed that the chances we’d see them were slim. We believed him. By this time we’d been through Namibia and seen so many animals that we weren’t really expecting to be awestruck in Kenya. Then we saw them and all four of us couldn’t stop taking pictures. Watching this lioness with her little ones in the wild will stay with me forever.
2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
Luxor, Egypt: That grin! This photo of Cameron, my youngest, makes me smile. The little guy tried to play it cool but had a hard time masking his excitement as we rode in a balloon over the farm fields and up past the Valley of the Kings.
3. A photo that…makes me dream
Langkawi, Malaysia: This picture so perfectly captured what this day was like. The beach outside of the Four Seasons Langkawi was stunning. The flower in my hair is courtesy of my two sons and the boat waiting on the pier will take us through the Mangroves to an incredible experience with nature. A very good day.
4. A photo that…makes me think
Buenos Aires, Argentina: The kids at COR – a home for children whose families have been afflicted by HIV and AIDS – was the first volunteer experience we did as a family on this trip. We were all a little nervous but when we told them about our trip one of the kids brought out a map. Suddenly kids who might never get to see many of the places we were headed were dazzled by how far we’d come and spoke of their own dreams. Language barriers fell away and the ice was broken. We are so lucky to have met them.
5. A photo that…makes my mouth water
Chiang Mai, Thailand: The food in Thailand is incredible but traveling with a picky eater threatened our chances of really getting to enjoy it. When Ethan, my 9-year old, turned the corner and began loving food right before we landed in Thailand I knew we were in for good times. Cooking classes sealed the deal. Now both sons can make Thai food like no one’s business and for that I am very grateful.
6. A photo that…tells a story
Delhi, India: She wasn’t the first woman at my window holding a baby and she wouldn’t be the last but the moment when I looked into her eyes and still said “No” to her repeated requests for money something in me shifted. I know that it is dangerous to give to beggars here. I know that it can lead to real harm but I didn’t like that part of who I had to be in India. I will never forget this face.
7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
Siem Reap, Cambodia: We were outside of Angkor Wat when I began snapping pictures of the group of monkeys that were captivating tourists. This one was my favourite. He is eating a banana AND sticking his tongue out at the sucker he stole it from. Priceless.
I’m supposed to tag five bloggers to share their 7 Super Shots but I’m so late in the game I’m not sure there are many left who haven’t participated. So below you’ll find five blogs who always have something great to share: