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Travel Photo Diary: Bali

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It’s that time again - another Travel Photo Diary to share with all of you!  Maybe I just wanted to look over all of my Bali travel pictures again or I’m just itching to get out and travel.  Ya, it’s definitely both.  Good thing I’ve got my next trip quickly approaching - Thailand at the end of the month!  You can be assured I am fully prepping myself to bring back a ton of amazing photos and cool stories to share on here.  I’m been trying to tell myself that I need to take more pictures when I travel.  I know it seems like I took a ton on this trip, but I really try to make it a point to be present and not have my camera or phone glued to my hand.  Still working on that balance, but I know that more variety in my photos is just going to better all around.

I don’t really have any specific stories to tell you about Bali since I wrote so many detailed posts about my time there.  I think the pictures here speak for themselves.  If I learned anything about Bali, it’s that it is full of such vibrance - the colors, the people, the spirit.  I think the vibrancy of these photos shows you how much color there is in Bali.  Everything from the Balinese people’s daily flower offering to the gorgeous landscape to each meal I ate.  So much color everywhere.

Really the whole reason I started the Travel Photo Diary series was to show snippets of my travels.  You know, the photos that don’t fit into a “travel guide”. The photos that show a true snapshot of the destination.  The photos that really allow you to see real parts of life for the local people that the ordinary tourist may miss.  I’ve started to embrace a technique that I read about where you shoot at hip level.  This allows you to take photos without people noticing as much or at all.  You can get some really great, natural photos of the native people.  I took one of my favorite photos thus far using this technique in Bali.  It is a of a lady weaving in between motorbikes in front of her local market.  I couldn’t believe it after I took it.  Everything was centered and the expression on the woman’s face was so natural and unassuming.  I didn’t disturb her but instead was able to preserve that memory as a snapshot.

Inspired to travel to Bali?  Good, mission accomplished.

Yours Truly // Shannon



Travel Photo Diary: Rome

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The city of Rome holds a very special place in my heart.  I spent a summer in Rome during college for a study abroad program and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life.  I think I really was able to grow up and find my footing by travelling alone to a city I had never been to.  I had studied abroad before during high school at Magdalen College, which is part of Oxford University in Oxford, England, but this was a completely different experience.  In high school, I chose to do a program with a good friend.  We flew abroad together, took the same classes and hung out together.  For Rome, I went alone.  While terrifying, I really learned how to be independent and trust myself.  This was huge considering I don’t normally like doing anything alone.  In the end, I made some of the best friends, felt like I experienced the city like a true Roman and travelled all around the great country of Italy.

Rome itself has so much to offer.  Yes, there are the big tourist attractions like the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain but really even the smallest side streets held so much history and beauty.  The little street that I lived on, Via dei Capocci (shout out to all of my Capocci roommates), is actually shown in the first picture above.  It was a dream driving by the Coliseum on the bus to and from school and walking down that cute little street.  One of the pictures of the Coliseum was a secret spot I found where the Coliseum basically looks like it did in its hay day, a full structure.

For this Travel Photo Diary, I really wanted to feature Rome since it is one of my absolute favorite cities in the world.  I realized looking back at my photos that I barely took enough pictures.  I feel like I say this all time! At least not enough to show the true beauty of this city.  I think living in Rome is completely different than travelling there as a tourist.  I was definitely more worried about stopping by the grocery store every other day or finishing up homework from my classes than taking pictures more frequently.  C’est le vie.  Oh wait wrong language.  That’s what I get for taking French and then Italian.  Sometimes I think in one language instead of the other.

If you do have the chance to visit Roma (as the Italians call it), try to experience all the city has to offer.  Head to Trastevere for dinner one night.  It is the cutest little area.  Or walk from the Coliseum to Piazza Navona or the Pantheon.  You’ll get to see way more of the city that way.

Yours Truly // Shannon

Travel Photo Diary: The Caribbean

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In continuing with my series called Travel Photo Diary, this post is chronicling my trip 4 years ago to the Caribbean Islands.  Both of my parents were turning 60 and decided they wanted to take a family trip to the Caribbean on a cruise to celebrate.  I had never been to the Caribbean so I didn't know what to expect!  I couldn't have prepared myself for the blue hue that the water is there.  It's more like a turquoise gem color.  Its so pure and so beautiful you can't help but just stare.  In fact, the whole trip was full of such vibrant colors, the ocean, the land, the food, the houses and basically everything was so full of life.

We flew into Puerto Rico and hopped on a cruise through the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Lucia and Barbados. One particular stop to note was on Sint Marteen side of the Saint Martin Island.  The island is split into the French side and the Dutch side.  This is on the Dutch side.  There is a place called Maho Beach that is literally just feet in front of the start of the runway for the local airport.  Planes flying in to land feel like they are so close to the sand that it may hit the people standing on it.  If you ever find yourself on St. Martin, head to the Sunset Bar and Grill for a drink and to watch the planes soar in just above your head.  It’s quite the sight to see.

Here’s a compilation of my pictures from the trip.  Can’t you just feel the island vibes just looking at these? All you need is some really good jerk chicken and a big ol' wide brim floppy hat!

Yours Truly // Shannon