Tag Archives: beauty

A Never Ending Journey

31 Jan

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.

Stroll Through the Neighborhood

1 Feb

My mornings begin with this.

My evenings end like this.

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It’s strange how we tend to never realize the beauties that have always been right beside us.

Sunset in Phi Phi

10 Dec

I’m on my trip now, but here’s a picture from the beautiful sunset in Koh Phi Phi.

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Hangover High

24 Nov

A group of us decided that it was time to put our nice cloths to use, and enjoy the sunset in a whole new way.
We headed towards the other side of Bangkok to see the city in a new light.

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We walked into a shinny golden box, and soon we felt the sensation of rising.
Up and up towards the sky.

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As the doors opened we found ourselves in the most beautiful of rooms. Yet we still followed the light, to see what mysteries lay ahead of us.

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A magnificent sight.

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Need I say anything more?

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The clouds of Bangkok I love, are even better from up close.

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The city. The river. The sunset.
All Perfect.

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Even a Caveman can not help but enjoy kicking back underneath the great big sky.

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For only a brief moment, the sky turned a perfect purple.

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We paid for our refreshments, then headed to the actual “Skybar”.

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I am sure this is a sight that resonates in many peoples minds.

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Posts like these need, little to no words.
As it cannot be described in script. It must be seen in person.
But for all of my friends, thousands of miles away, I hope that the saying is true, and..
a picture is really worth, one thousand words.

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Laos

25 Oct

Here is a quick update on my trip into Laos.

Still recovering from the insane length of travel so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Laos was by far the most beautiful place I have been as of yet. I still cannot believe how untouched the country is still.
Amazing place that must be experienced.

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Welcome to paradise.

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The Finale: The Search for Treasures

11 Oct

Sunday morning came far too soon.
The sun rose, yet my eyes stayed shut. The stern yet heroic voice of a Brazilian German woke both Kevin and I up.
Reluctant to get the day started, we crawled out of bed and got packed.
The Black Pearl was sitting out on the road, waiting for us to return back on board.

Water fell from the skies, yet nothing could stop us from enjoying the fresh air through our hair.

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We traveled long distances, with only the mountains in sight.

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Fellow travelers followed behind as we guided the way through troubled waters.

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The rain got worse, and the privileged moved in for shelter.

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Soon enough the weather cleared and we had made it to our destination.
The infamous Hellfire Pass.
It was the most dangerous and most difficult section of the Railway to Burma. The railway had been built-in 1943 by Prisoners of War, during World War 2. Prisoners of War were sent along these mountains, to build the Railway in beyond horrible conditions. Over 100,000 people died of malnutrition, beatings, explosions, and murder.
We walked along the path where thousands of people had spent day after day laboring under horrid conditions, during World War 2.

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Built through the wild jungle and mountains terrains of the border of Thailand, the memorial was quite a place to visit.

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Walking along the trail of the railway, what was then called Burma was in eye sight, right past the mountains.

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Bamboo. Scientific name: Bamboo. Also known as Bamboo, was found all along the path.

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Walking along the remains of the railway was quite a majestic feeling.

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Only a small stretch of railway was still long the trail.

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Imagining that prisoners broke through the giant rocks through the pass, with hand tools was amazing.

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Myanmar just could be found just along those mountains.

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The Caveman had come back and was intrigued by the depths of the cave along the railway

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Toby sat along a branch, and pondered some of the wonders of life.
There really is no better place in the world to sit and ponder.

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To think that is was all where the railroad had been was amazing.

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After a long trek we found our selves back at the Black Pearl.

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We headed out in search of food.
We stopped at what seemed to be a small restaurant on the side of the road. In the middle of nowhere it seemed, but it would be the nicest place many of us had ate at in a long time.

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They had a wide array of food and drinks to choose from. Even had authentic German beers from Bavaria.

Sven and I opted for non-alachaolic fruit smoothies though.

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Who would have thought that pirates could have such a soft side as well.

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Food was among the best I have had to date. Great places are often found in unsuspecting areas.

We then headed to the river. The Black Pearl has brought us far, but a river was no place for a ship of its magnitude.

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We hopped in a small river boat, powered by a Nissan Turbo Diesel engine.

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Riding in a river boat in the outskirts of Thailand. Jungle all around us.
It’s quite hard to fully understand how amazing it really is.

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We arrived across the river. It was time for another trek though the mountains and jungle to our next destination.

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We came to a gate and found this sign.

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Luckily for us we have a magic card. Our University ID makes us no longer foreigners, but instead local Thai.

We climbed up flights and flights of stairs until we arrived to THE CAVE.
It was time to see what the Caveman was all about. Back into his home.

As fast as we popped our heads in, we all were running right back out.

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We looked in only to find a group of huge bats right underneath our heads.
I thought for a minute that we would be heading back down.
There was no guard at the cave. No tour guide. Not even another single person.

It was only us.

Like Pirates searching for treasure, we built up our courage and went into the depths of the cave.

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It proved to be more amazing that any of us could even imagine. Every time we thought we had gone far enough, the cave opened up more. We walked and walked. New corridors opening up. Bats all around us. The pure silence of the earth.

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As if walking through a movie set, everything seemed as if it were unreal. It is hard to imagine that something like this still exists in nature.

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It was no one but ourselves in the cave. Not another single person walked in.

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The bats along the walls and bugs on the ground were our only other companions.

After walking through we came out to clear blue skies.

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As we rode back along the river, we saw in the distance tiny round things in the water.
Ended up being a group of crazy tourists in the water.

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We landed ashore, and went to a tiny river front store to get refreshments before we headed back to Bangkok.
A cool mini bike was sitting out front.

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We jumped back in the Black Pearl and were off on our way home.

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The clouds came as the sun was falling, to create an amazing sight.

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Staring out the back of the Black Pearl, I couldn’t help but reminisce on my weekend in Kanchanaburi.

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In 2 days I saw more that I could have thought to have seen in a year.
It’s amazing to think what the world has to offer. It’s all right there. All right here.
Behind you. Next to you. In front of you.

You just have to put your head out and see it.

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Grapes in the Valley

25 Sep

Sometimes the most beautiful places are where you least expect.

I woke this morning, excited to explore into areas not yet seen. We were headed into Northern Thailand, an area I had not yet been, for a field trip.

It was 8 AM and we all headed into the bus.
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About three hours later we had arrived to our destination.

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Who would have thought Thailand had Wineries? More importantly, who would have thought a Finance class would take a field trip to a winery?

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After a walk around the main entrance we were off. A tour of the vineyards and an exploration into how the wine is actually made.

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Strangely I have always wanted to own a vineyard. It’s not that I enjoy wine. Or even that I drink wine. For some odd reason though, I have always envisioned myself at a later time in my life growing grapes.
So for me, this was like heaven.

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We went out into the fields were we could see the actual workers in the fields.
They all enjoyed my interest in them.

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We then ventured into the vineyard itself. Where we were able to walk among the fields of grapes.

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After seeing all of this fruit, we decided to head back for lunch.

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A delicious meal was served, and there were smiles all around.

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A nice solid base was needed for the wine that was to be severed shortly.

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Before the wine tasting begun though, we took a little break outside in the sun.

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Beautiful flowers in the water with lily pads.

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Off in the distance the girls were posing for photos. I decided to snap one as well.

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Her eyes as always are memorized by the camera.

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Group photos of us all were taken.

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I couldn’t help but be drawn to this older Range Rover in its natural habitat. It was standing out beautifully out behind the corner. ¬†This is what these cars were designed for. Driving out in the countryside.

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Growing up around these Land Rovers, I have a small space in my heart for these British problematic beauties.

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Then it was time to try the wine. We had glass after glass of  white wine, then later red.
For someone who rarely drinks wine it was quite the experience. An explosion of tastes coming at me all at once. Each glass had a distinct taste, and a different flavor.

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I can see why wine tasting is so popular.

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We drank glass after glass, and the contiuned coming.

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Posts like these are always tough for me. Sorting through hundreds of pictures after a long day out is quite tiring.
Unfortunately it leads to picture heavy posts, with very brief explanations of what had happened. Instead of writing, I tend to let the pictures do the talking.

It was a magical place we visited today. By far one of the prettiest paces I have been in Thailand.

I hope to be back here soon again.

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Where am I?

11 Aug

A large deep breath, as if I am gasping for my last, awakes me.

The feeling of confusion. An ache in my head. Like an old friend you hate to love, this feeling is oh too familiar.

I start to realize that I will have to figure out where my night had disappeared to.

As I rise from my bed, like a zombie out of a coffin, I look around and find a scene very close to normal. Maybe some more clothes on the ground than normal, but nothing alarming.

Just as I come to the conclusion that the night was simply a dream, I walk out to the living room.

It was not a dream.

The smell of Chang and cheap Thai whisky cause me to fall into a frenzy of memories.

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Food. Chang. People. More people. Invites. Chang. People. 1208. People. Taxi. Club. Music. People. More food. People. Bar. Alley. People. Taxi.

Only the summary is expelled from my brain. The rest has become a blur.

This is Bangkok.

 

As I look for pieces of the night my camera emerges from under a pile of clothes.

The pictures help paint a much better story.

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The night started as we stumbled across more friends, while walking down a quiet alley.

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After dinner, we decided to head towards our place. As we walked, more and more people joined.

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The night after that only increased with fun, but decreased in photographs.

A taxi ride to Khao san Road lead to another international gathering in a club.

 

What exactly had happened after that will remain a mystery.

 

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