Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

 

Who doesn’t get wanderlust over Santorini?  I was lucky enough to go there last fall.  I don’t know that it’s my favorite place on Earth, but it was certainly a special trip nonetheless.  The winding streets, the steep cliffs, the amazing blue sea, the white stone buildings, the volcanic beaches, and the crowds during the day with the cruise ships passing through.

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Photo Challenge: Earth

Of course I could have chosen a beautiful sunset or a charming landscape, but because tomorrow is Earth Day, here is a photo of the harm we do to the most beautiful Earth. 


This photo is from Belize just outside a luxurious resort and shows what life looks like on the other side of the fence where  sand isn’t being raked three times a day as if it were a much-loved Zen garden. 

I wish we combed and cared for every grain of sand like the Zen gardens.  They feel so false when this lay just outside. 
Earth

ARRIVING IN ATHENS 

My first impressions of Greece were possibly brought about by a Russian taxi driver not too subtly telling me it was ok to fuck strangers on vacation. Thrilled this way too friendly man already knew where I was staying, I invented friends in the city and a make believe itinerary to answer his endless questions while I stared out the window waiting to reach my hotel. The city seemed to stretch out as far as the eye could see, with graffiti everywhere and something about the landscape reminded me more of a Middle Eastern city than any European capital I know.

I took one amazing walking tour my first night of the hidden gems of Athens. I had another walking tour scheduled that never happened and a eating tour that was a disappointing and awkward one-on-one meal at one completely empty restaurant. I felt like I was on a very bad blind date with my female tour guide.