A beautiful View

Through the window

What caught my eye about this shot was the lighting & how the cat was just fixated with what was going on outside especially the beautiful tree. The colours in the tree were beautiful.

 

 

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Intense B&W

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer

A day with a silver lining

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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.

Until ↓↓↓

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.

↓↓ Silver Lining ↓↓

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.

 

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How to organise everything yourself for travel to Australia

Siobhan Marie Photography The Heart Reef

Understanding how to, organise everything by yourself is essential when, before & while travelling. Not only will it save you enormous amounts of cash that you could be enjoying you will learn so much about you & what you are capable of.

When I first decided to get to OZ, it was kind of a last-minute decision. Not sure of what to way to do everything, I started to research everything myself. People were telling me about all these companies who do everything for you. The problem with them is the final price is scandalous.

Don’t be scared to do it all yourself, it’s not hard, just a small bit time-consuming which is worth it in the end really. 

↓↓↓ I’m going to try make it as simple as possible ↓↓↓

  1. Everything you need regarding OZ is here. Research the website & figure out what you need. The visa options are different for all visitors & purposes.
  2. Any income in Australia will require a Tax File Number apply here
  3. Bank Account I used this but there are so many more
  4. All the info you need on lodging you tax return. Do it yourself don’t pay the companies
  5. Book flight well in advance & shop around
  6. Make sure you have travel insurance. Yes its very expensive but it’s so important 
  7. Accommodation can be very expensive & will rack up fast this is a link for hostels but search for house shares or something more permanent

Regarding the phone & network you need at some point after you arrive, go around the different companies they all offer something different. 

That’s the most basic of what you will need regarless of where you are from for backpacking purposes. Go with the flow & take each day as it comes. Most importantly, don’t stress, have fun 🙂

 

A short story about Cambodia

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

Nelson Mandela

This was one of my biggest eye-opening moments to the world. Coming from Ireland where I would class a lot of people rich compared to this. I could not believe this is how people lived in this day & age. Until we see it with our own eyes it is not a reality.

I remember sitting on the bus, there was a road block & we had to stop. But we were not allowed to get off. It was actually a heartbreaking moment. I could not believe what I was seeing. I had paid to take a bus from Vietnam to Cambodia. These people don’t have that luxury. I now fully understand that. Buses full of tourists pass them regularly. I wondered, do the majority of tourist even see the bigger picture. On my bus at least 70% were asleep.

There was 3 others an older man & two boys playing with a football at the edge of the tent. They had nothing but look how happy they looked. I really could not believe this was how these people lived. What they are sitting on is their home. Behind the white plastic that they have for shelter, is a green swamp area. This was taken in the middle of a dirt road.

Then it dawned on me how the world works. These people don’t have a clue about anything else in the world, how could they. There is no real education being provided for them, they live in unsafe environments, barely any food or shelter. And are part of one of the biggest Human Trafficking areas in the world. But as far as they are concerned this is all normal. They know nothing else.

When we finally got to a town to have some food. I remember going to the toilet & when I got back here was a man sitting in front of me. He must have been about 60-70, well dressed. He was American, I, heard him ordering. Then a little boy appears. He was about five & Cambodian. I knew immediately what I was witnessing by the way he looked at me. He was a sex slave. I remember my face filling with blood I was so angry.

I wanted to scream at him so badly

WHAT F**K IS WRONG WITH YOU

I said it to my sister and the other girls I was going to say something. They said don’t. One of them nodded out the window across the road there was a big embassy or something. The outside was filled with guards armed with guns. I knew there was nothing I could do  I didnt have a leg to stand on. This was how this country works. It was heartbreaking.

When we got to Siem Reap I was exhausted from what I had witnessed. But it wasn’t over. That night, we headed out for food, stumbled across pub street. We went and got some food. The whole street was full of young prostitutes no more than 15 trying to impress all the tourists. I remember a table full of European men sitting in front of my table. The young girls started to walk up to them sitting on their laps and trying to pull them away. I was absolutely disgusted, not at the girls, at the tourist for allowing it. It didn’t seem to faze anyone it was normal here. 

Then, further up the road, there were little boys dancing and doing silly things kids do, trying to get the attention of the tourists. Everyone was so drunk they taught it was hilarious. I was appalled at the fact people didn’t even blink. Kids no more than 8 out in the middle of the street trying to entertain them. I had to leave & go back to the room I had enough.

 The point of this post is to raise awareness of what goes on in countries like Cambodia. These people don’t know any better. But when you have well-educated people going and buying people for sex and every one turns a blind eye there is a huge problem. 

I have actually witnessed other tourists saying things like its a disgusting sleezy place. But the reality is, if these people were provided with correct education to nourish their mental health & shown basic human rights. Would they really, sell themselves or, their children to these inhumane characters, buying them. I somehow highly doubt it. Lets face it, the people of Cambodia are not the ones who are highly disturbed. The ones restricting the human rights are !!!

↓↓ Just a little over two minutes if you can spare it please watch & share the video ↓↓

↓↓ This one is a lot longer but it is so worth the watch for a true eye opener ↓↓

Ps please remember when traveling don’t just turn a blind eye, I‘m not suggesting getting yourself in trouble to help someone. However, become aware of the bigger picture. If there we less blind eyes being turned & more open, the world would be less corrupt. Share you stories  in order to help countries just like Cambodia after you visit them.

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