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Travel theme: Snowy

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A few days ago, I saw this meme referring to those who love snow. Yeh, that’s me, for sure! My hand’s up, waving frantically in enthusiasm for snow and the colder elements. People in the northern hemisphere must think I am stark raving mad, and I can see where they are coming from, when cold surrounds them for the majority of the year. However, not only do I love the snow and cold, I crave it! I am even married to a man whose nickname was Snowy!!! My holiday destinations usually encompass snow in some form as you will see here.

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There is plenty of Snowy scenes in Iceland in winter

A friend who knows me very well saw the meme and said, “This is SO you, Amanda!”

She knows! I thought.She knows me so well. She knows for instance that I have a preference for low light, that I hate the blazing sun and glare and suffer from the effects of it; and she knows that I feel energized when it is cold and finally she knows that being in a snowy place fills my heart with contentment!

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Skellefteå – Swedish Lapland

You think I am crazy too? Then I challenge you to find me a person that feels energized on a 37 degrees plus day (97 for Fahrenheit readers), and I will be genuinely surprised. Even the Spanish/Mexicans etc need a siesta at high noon!

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Iceland

There are many that claim they crave warmth and heat. Chionophile deniers, I accuse them, under my breath! These are the people who can’t wait to travel to tropical island destinations for holidays or go out in the heat and glare of the midday sun, without hats and sun protection. And yet, it is these same self-confessed sun ‘worshipers,’ who are spotted at these tropical destinations – exactly WHERE, I ask?

Mostly you will find them languishing on a hammock/bar stool/ beach towel/ or a day bed dotted with cushions in trendy colours. Yes, languishing in the SHADE of course! Why? Because it is SO HOT, they state wafting their limp hand back and forth in front of their face in a vain attempt to create some a cooling air flow.  

They seek out a beach umbrella, covered verandah, or simply the protective branches of a shady tree, out of the sun they so dearly love, and they sit, often accompanied by cool drinks, lathered with swathes of ice, sipped in an effort to do what….. to COOL down! A little hypocritical, don’t you think? Perhaps the sun-worshipers are closet chionophiles at heart?

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A Sunny snowy day – but no heat, thank goodness, in Norway.
Snowball Zermatt
Switzerland  delivers on the Winter Wonderland
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This is one of my favourite Snowy photos. The blue light exudes calmness.
Lunch with Edmund Hilary at 760 metres at MT Cook /Aoraki
Probably not the best place to put my hand for the photo!!
Lunch with Edmund Hilary at 760 metres at MT Cook /Aoraki
Magnificent awe-inspiring Mt Cook – what is not to like?
Lunch with Edmund Hilary at 760 metres at MT Cook /Aoraki
Snow is so much fun! And the reflection is not bad, either.
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I love the contrast between the stone and the snow here

Of course, my comments are only in fun. (These days in social media platforms, words can be misconstrued so easily!), so I want to make it clear that I am only having a friendly jibe at these sun ‘worshipers.’ For whilst I love the cold and it gives me energy to get about and do three times as much as I would have accomplished on a hot and sultry day, I too crave a bit of a balance. I can be out in the snow all day but do enjoy coming home to a wood fire and a warming cup of cocoa or wine!

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Feeling blue? Not me!!!

I hope you enjoy some of my travel photos from my contented or snowy places! They make me feel cool just looking at them.

Linking to Ailsa’s Travel theme- Snowy

Snowy places are Something I always Ponder About

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Doorways- Travel theme

Where’s my backpack inspired me to post this doorway. Not that I needed any encouragement. Doorways are some of my favourite subjects. The door is a threshold to so many things. Literally and metaphorically.

Part 7 - Munich to Salzburg Nov 29, 2011

Zurich
Zurich
Switzerland
Switzerland
Talliin
Talliin
Europe
Europe
Estonia
Estonia

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Travel theme: Belonging

 Tvor’s Travels posted about ‘belonging’, in response to Ailsa’s travel prompt

You can belong to a group of people, or a family or each other. You can have possessions that belong to you. Things can belong together (One of these things is not like the others!)  and some things go together like cookies and milk or ice cream and summer!

How does it relate to travel? You can feel an affinity for a place, like you belong there or maybe you lived there in a former life.  It may be that you associate something iconic….

A sense of belonging is one of the most important things in life, and without it, we can feel pain, disorientation, loss, bewilderment, and isolation.

With these things in mind, I found a sense of unexpected belonging in my affinity for my ancestral homelands, in my travel experiences in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and my final pic is just for fun!!

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My ancestral home – Clasonsborg, Denmark

Special places I feel a sense of belonging:

and I feel a sense of belonging to these people:

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and finally, a different kind of belonging!! (Australiana)

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Travel theme: Cities

Travel theme: Cities

Ailsa’s travel theme for this week:

An ugly yet remarkable concrete jungle that is Tokyo. This was taken some years ago, so if they could find any spare space, it has most likely been built upon by now.

Yet within this concrete jungle, there is spots of peace and tranquility.

Join  and find more here:http://wheresmybackpack.com/2014/05/30/travel-theme-cities/

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Tokyo

 

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Yet in Tokyo, you are never too far away from people.

Something to Ponder About.

 

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Australia, Gardening

Travel theme – Gardens

This challenge was made for me!!

 

LauncestonGardens in Tasmania

 

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New Zealand

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Some more gardens, in this theme at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack

Related:

http://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/travel-theme-gardens/

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