Ha Long Bay by Siobhan Cleary @ http://www.siobhanmariephotography.com
This was one of my favourite trips to date. I remember the drive to the boats was exhausting the heat was unbelievable.
On the way, I got to really see how Vietnamese people lived, all the young kids going to school on dirt roads, but, they seemed happy with what they had.
We drove past paddie fields & pearl farms which really got me thinking, because, I seen the older women out in the fields, gathering the rice. Now, when I’m having rice dinner, I’m very grateful, because I know someone has to work very hard to put it on my plate.
When we arrived, my initial thought was “OMG” we have to sleep on this Junker for two days. There was me, my sis & a friend, when we boarded, we were shown our rooms & given a brief explanation of what we would be doing.
That night we had a lovely dinner with great people & a stop off at a beach & plenty of fun on the boat. It really is amazing what can happen when you put a group of people together who don’t know each other. Although, I’ve never seen them again the memories will last forever.
The next day we went & done some kayaking around the area, visited the caves, the scenery was beautiful & here we got to see how the people live. They are water people spend all their time on the water & get sick on land 🙂
I will always remember before we headed back to the mainland, I sat out on a balcony writing my postcards, it was the first time I really experience unaware mindfulness. I just sat staring out, the peace I felt was unbelievable, I had never experienced it before & now I would be lost without it. If you don’t know how to be mindful or meditate, learn, its amazing.
It’s one of my top places from my travels & would highly recommend not missing it on a trip to Vietnam.
Out of the whole experience I learned how to relax, understand & just enjoy every moment. Oh by the, the junker, was perfect for the trip, it was just a matter of appreciating & enjoying everything about it 🙂
This is a great photo I was so glad to have captured while visiting the Blue Mountains in Australia.
They belong to a man who visits the top where the tourists start out their visit. He is a lovely polite man.
He used to be a tour guide there & now just goes up to see all the people for memories sake.
I remember chatting to him for all of 5 – 10 minutes he is full of knowledge & loves to tell his tales.
If you ever visit you will see him say hello 🙂
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
I remember when I was younger always saying I wanted to bungee. As, I got older, this very much changed. I didn’t want to do anything that would call for a coronary I lost my nerve for everything. I hated roller coasters, anything fast I don’t know why it just happened.
So in Australia as my trip was coming to an end and I was going in the direction of Byron Bay, the highest jump at 14,000 feet. It was a now or never decision so I said f**k it. I told myself if I don’t do this now I will never do it again.
I remember paying for the ticket the day before I was shitting bricks. Paid for it & off we went to the supermarket to get the last supper. Pretending everything was ok.
When we finally go to the hostel we settled in chilled out & relaxed tried not to think about it too much *yeh right* There was meant to be a big storm coming the day of the jump I must have ( even tho I’m not all that holy) said every prayer over & over for it to be so bad we couldn’t do it & it was looking like it was gonna be bad. I was so happy because I was so nervous. Next morning wished one more time pulled the curtain the sun was splitting the trees. I was devastated !!
On the way I got a serious reality check of what I was about to do I couldn’t believe how stupid it was. Got geared up prepped up, given the direction of what to do’s. I started to feel so sick.
I got in first, thinking, I would be first out. Clearly, wasn’t in the right frame of mind because “first in last out”
It was about 15 mins up so to distract myself I was talking to my instructor & asked are you doing this long, he says, no I was a carpenter last week. That was it I was a ball of nerves for the rest of the journey.
Got to altitude level, doors opened the camera man & another diver just jumped straight our one of them clung to the side of the plane I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. One after another they were gone finally my turn I said I don’t think I can do it he pushed me along & said move it. I didn’t argue. When we got to the door he asked can you remember everything I nodded he said ok let’s go.
!!!!!! Legs tucked, Head Back & up !!!!!!!
I closed my eyes, I could just feel us rolling. I had a really quick prep talk told myself open your eyes or you will regret it the rest of your life, so I did.
The free fall lasted all of 1 Min, the adrenaline rush was unbelievable from it, I could feel myself shaking in the air. Bang, shute opened & we were in glide. The views were amazing I could see the whole coast of Byron Bay. I wanted to stay up there forever.
He was such a good Instructor. My sister & friend were also in the sky he made it all the more enjoyable by gliding us over to them to say hello & check in. The landing was also amazing. I wanted to go back up again & only for the cost I would have.
When travelling on a budget we tend to scrimp on certain things. It’s only when you have a f**t it moment & do it you realise what you could have missed. Don’t scrimp on experience like this or you will have major regrets. And, don’t, let the fear stop you.
It is still one of the best days of my life so far, not only did I push myself, I loved every minute of it & would gladly do it again. Whereas, if I didn’t how would I know.
Try everything once for the experience and to get your own opinion 🙂
I went a spend a couple of days in New Jersey with a friend while travelling around America.
There was no set plan just go with the flow & see what happens. I love the outdoor so she suggested going for a drive into the Delaware Water Gap. No hesitation needed that’s what we did. Got up the next morning and headed off it was roughly a 1 Hr drive away.
The first stop was amazing, it was just under the bridge going in it was covered in autumn leaves, I loved it already. Couldn’t wait to see the rest. It’s enormous, there are so many places to see i would recommend way more than a day to rally enjoy it.
We stopped off at some of the walking trails & went down to the water. The peace was unbelievable.
We were lying at the side of a bank & i noticed a man across the water with a gun Alarm bells start ringing. Then out of nowhere these mean came behind with guns. I was shitting bricks even the sight of the guns made me sick. I said to the girls i think we need to go. It was like something you see in a movie 3 of us down at the water a good ten min walk back to the car uphill theses two come behind us one with a Riffle & one hand gun. “My fight or flight was hoping off the walls. There is absolutely no need for guns I don’t care what anybody says. I could even tell by looking at them they thought they were the big men with their guns. For me it was a highly disturbing situation.
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We got the hell out of there & headed further into the park it was almost sunset. We came across some many beautiful areas. In one place the water was just flowing so gently but fast & the water was full of leaves so relaxing to watch. But one in particular really caught my eye. The picture of the men fishing it was just so peaceful the sun was setting over the water & they we just right in the middle of my shot. It was a lovely ending to the trip.
I would highly recommend when travelling look for places not on the list they offer the most beautiful areas.