What will your verse be?
For I wish there was more for me to say.
My Journey seems but a fragment of a dream now.
Yet still I am reminded everyday how things have changed.
A long time over due, as the last time I truly remember doing this was in the big city in the “land of smiles”
In times past, I could always be found, if no where else, at my little get-a-way in the garden; Coffee Alley. With my return to the states, I have failed to find my little getaway from it all, but today has been the exception.
I spent my day laying in the grass at a nice little park among the trees, greeting the people passing by, and enjoying the warm sun against my face.
As my book wound down, I decided a trip to the coffee shop was much needed.
Its never a bad time to surrounded by the sweet aromas of the magical bean that can make any day just a little bit better.
It’s places like these that I am able to begin to unwind.
To reflect on my days past, and soak in the world around me. An easy task for most, but not for I.
As these places put me in a mindset that allows for breathing.
As I started at my computer screen, searching through my albums of photos, I was reminded once again, that I no longer have my faithful companion strapped around my shoulders, that allowed my travels to become just a little more interesting.
While that may be the case, I couldn’t be camera less for too long.
Nothing near a replacement to my old faithful Canon EOS DSLR, but more like accessory, I opted for something a bit more classic
An old Canon AE-1 35mm film SLR. As straying away from Canon is not even an option.
Although shooting in film has is disadvantages, it has made me look at each photograph in a completely new light. (both literally and figuratively)
Each shot now is mystery.
No reshots if the lighting looked incorrect, or if someone made a slight blink.
No longer can I just shoot and shoot till I capture exactly what I was looking for.
Its a different yet nice way of thinking about photography.
So unlike other posts, where I have vibrant crisp shots of my daily activities, or of landscapes near and far, I have some good old fashioned black and white 35mm photographs.
As each photo has its own uniqueness and appeal I will be sharing the shots from this roll over the span of days to come.
Each with its own appeal, and strange little story.
Stay in tune…
I woke this morning, to the sunshine of the East Bay sun glistening in my face.
Deciding that the weather was too nice to pass up, I started my day with a walk around the block with a furry little animal that now inhabits my home in Berkeley.
After a quick stroll around the block I dropped him off and decided to proceed the rest of the day on foot. Strolling around, enjoying the day of sunshine and cool breeze.
As I walked, I stumbled upon a small store that caught my eye. As I walked in, I was struck my a familiar smell. As I walked around I realized the sounds around me, were of a place I once had once lived.
As I grabbed a quick drink the lady looked at me with a smile, and I quickly replied with a “sawatdee krop”.
She looked at me with confusion, yet happiness, as she replied in a similar fashion.
We went along and continued the transaction in the language I have longed to use, ever since my return to America.
We said our farewells, and I continued on with my day with feeling like no other.
As I walked on, I felt my stomach growl with the desire of a good meal. As I continued, I ran into the place my heart most desired.
Walking in, I already knew what I wanted and needed. No menu needed, as I knew the kitchen would cook to my stomach’s desire.
It came out, and I was instantly taken back to a time and a place that I had not been to in far too long.
It smelled of Thai spices and basil, and tasted like heaven.
I couldn’t help but throw an egg on it, as I knew it would only make things that much better.
The spicy taste of the chilis, along with the sweet Thai Basil, created a medley of flavors that had me just wanting more..
With every bite I was taken back to times with old friends. Sitting along the streets of Bangkok, enjoying a meal with one another, laughing over the memories of nights past.
Of times with my fellow Evergreen students, and of course the boys from 1208.
I said my farewells in the language I learned while abroad and headed to a local coffee shop to unwind.
After a nice relaxing day, it feels nice enjoy the sweet effects of caffeine while writing of my day.
A nice day of new memories and old.
Of past and present.
With no idea of the future.
As I woke early this morning, to begin the end of my journey up north to Corvallis, I was greeted by the sight of broken glass.
Missing from my car was only my most prized possessions.
The very things that make this blog what it was.
Unfortunately many of the awesome pictures Sven, Kevin, and I took during this great week of the reunion of 1208 are lost forever
In someone else’s hands.