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In The Air
January 30, 2013



The most common and fastest way to get to more distant travel destinations from the home base is to travel in the air, in an airplane of course. Which I have done quite a few times. Now although I would not say that I am afraid of flying, I do not enjoy it that much either - at least not the take off and landing part. Because I have gotten it in my head that it is at those times most accidents in the air happen... But once I am in the air I usually manage quite alright.

And because I love to take photos, one great way for me to distract myself while I am in the air is to look out the window and snap some shots with my camera. Therefore over the years I have managed to gather a nice little number of "in the air" photos from my travels around the world. So today I thought I would share some of those photos in this post, below is - In The Air.

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Las Vegas, USA.

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Rome, Italy.

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Rome, Italy.

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Somewhere in Europe.

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Somewhere in Europe.

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Somewhere in Europe.

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London, England.

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Miami Beach, USA.

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I love to watch the clouds while I am up there!

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Cotton clouds.

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The end of the world.

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The moon

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And the sun.

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Ahhh. :-)

/A.L


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My Visit To The Magnificent Grand Canyon
January 22, 2013



One of the most amazing natural wonders on Earth that I have visited is the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA. I had heard about how huge and gorgeous this place was, but was never really able to imagine how it would look in real life in my mind. So I was, to say the least, stunned with amazement when I finally got the chance to see it with my own eyes.

It was back in December of 2005 I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, because it was one of the stops on a 14 day round trip in the western USA I was on with my sister and a small group of people plus a guide. But it was not an ordinary round trip we were on though, it was a so called Trek Round Trip. Which meant that we sometimes slept in tents on camping sites, outdoors under the bare sky in our sleeping bags, in clay huts or in motels. It also meant that we mostly had to cook our own food. So it was an interesting and different experience indeed, as well as a fun way to see parts of America.

Now this Trek Round Trip departed and ended in Hollywood, California. And besides visiting the Grand Canyon on the round trip we also visited Monument Valley, a Cowboy Camp in the desert, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Alcatraz, San Diego and many more places. Needless to say, I have a lot more to share from my Trek Round Trip experience in the western USA. Which I will of course do in future posts here. :-)

But for now, below are some photos from my visit to the magnificent Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.

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Sunrise at the Grand Canyon.

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There we were out on the edge enjoying the spectacular view.

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The Colorado River down there.

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And the Grand Canyon is huge! In fact, it is 277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and a mile (1.6 km) deep.

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The Grand Canyon achieved national park status in 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today the Grand Canyon National Park receives almost 5 million visitors every year.

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Of course we went on a little hike when we were there, and the road was quite narrow at some places.

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So I am not sure I would dare to ride along those roads like these fellows did...

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Not the warmest of days when we visited the Grand Canyon.

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The oldest human artifacts found in Grand Canyon are nearly 12,000 years old and date to the Paleo-Indian period. And I must say that I think it looks like some old houses way over there.

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Close up of the "houses".

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And here I am trying to look cool and outdoorsy, I mean it was after all a Trek Round Trip we were on. Lol!

Source: grandcanyon.org

/A.L


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The Freedom Of Camping In Australia
January 14, 2013



My best travel experience so far is when I went camping in Australia for five weeks with my sister. Now we were in Australia for a total of three months back in 2006, but it was the camping part that without a doubt had the deepest impact on me. Because not only did we get to see and experience this amazing country with its magnificent nature and animals up close, we also got a chance to get away from the busy every day life of work, TV, technology and the constant stress of having to go somewhere or do something. Which is why I must say that I have never felt more free in my life than I did during those five weeks.

Now there is no way I can sum up five weeks of camping in Australia in one post, which is one of the many reasons I decided to start this travel blog - because I have so much I want to share from my travels! Therefore I will most definitely write more posts about our five weeks of camping in Australia. But just to give an idea of what I am talking about, below are some photos and memories of the unforgettable camping adventure my sister and I had in Australia back in the beginning 0f 2006.

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I was the designated driver the entire five weeks because my sister had not yet gotten her driver's license. And my first big adjustment to make was to remember that in Australia they have left-hand traffic! :o

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We set out on our camping trip from Brisbane, but before heading south we drove up north to Bargara so we could have a look at the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Then we started to make our way down, mainly, along the coastline to Sydney.

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And along the way we saw some Australian icons indeed, like these guys. :-)

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Up close. We saw these cuties when we had stopped to eat a bite of food, an awesome view in other words.

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Another impulse stop along the road, not sure exactly where though? But we were the only ones there. :-)

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One of many reasons why I LOVE Australia!

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Our tent and car on a camping site. In fact, all we had on our five weeks of camping were a car, a tent and some basic camping equipment.

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Gotta eat. :p We were also on quite a tight budget so this was a very common activity. Hehe.

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Another common sight on our camping trip, wildlife! Especially lizards, in all shapes and sizes.

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Now this was another amazing experience! Every night, just after the sun had set, thousands and thousands of bats flew across the sky - without making a single sound. They were making their way to some of the nearby islands to eat apparently, I think someone at one of the zoos we visited told us that.

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A fellow camping resident.

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Lol! This was a crazy encounter! This very feisty raccoon woke us up one night while he was trying to steal our cooler outside our tent. So when I woke up, from the noise he made, the first thing I saw was a weird, big shadow lurking outside our tent - not what I want to wake up to in the middle of the night in a tent!

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Finally my sister and I gathered enough courage to step outside our tent to check out what on earth was going on. And this was what we encountered.

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When the raccoon saw us he quickly jumped up on our cooler to try and stop us from taking it inside the tent. A tug of war even took place between the raccoon and my sister before my sister finally got the cooler from this little guy. He was not happy, but after a while the raccoon gave up and climbed up the tree above us. (We kept our cooler inside the tent or in the car after that... Lol!)

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We also saw many of these in Australia, ahhh!

Although we were in Australia for a total of three months, there are still a lot of places in Australia I want to visit - both for the first time and again. Because it is truly a paradise on Earth! And, like I said earlier, I have never felt more happy or at peace as I did when I was there - especially on our camping trip. Which I will revisit in more detail in future posts. But because this is my favourite travel experience so far, I thought it was quite fitting to start off my blog posts here on TheTravelingSoul.com with a flashback to that particular time in my life.

So welcome to TheTravelingSoul.com! I hope you all will enjoy this ride with me! :-)

/A.L


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