- Producer23/06/2017Coming Up For Air; Revisiting Cape Town, South Africa.Twenty odd long years between visits is, as George Orwell once said,is a little like 'coming up for air.' In a different time, when the world was younger than today, my parents brought me from England to this city that clings limpet- like to...
Comments24/06/2017 #24 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI really enjoyed this read @Paul Walters. I had no idea you spent part of your years growing up in Cape Town! Maybe if time stood still we'd want for more... more of our past that we are supposed to move on from? I remember my first love and I did find him................. oh on FB that is LOL. I never sent a friends request and I must say, he aged well. I pictured him to be a bit frumpy, not sure why. He had a fairly good shorter afro growing for a white boy back in the day. The photos are beautiful, the story was serene. I'm going to have the song "Build me up Buttercup," replaying in my brain tonight now, great song- sound advice!24/06/2017 #23 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorHow lovely this is reflecting on the "what was" and the "what is". Memory lane is constantly in motion as we move through life. My hometown, Orlando, FL, has very little resemblance to what it was when I lived there. Even though most of my tangible memories have been altered, my intangible memories remain intact. Thank you for share, Paul.23/06/2017 #21 Jerry FletcherPaul, I don't know where the line comes from but your piece struck a chord in me and the words "you can't go home again." emerged from the mist. Each time I return to visit my growing up place in Ohio I struggle with the same kind of vanishments that you mention. It is at once disheartening and a justification for the mileage I've racked up elsewhere. Thank you for a glimpse into your view of a world city with both the eyes of a teenager and those of the man he came to be.23/06/2017 #20 Donna WoodAh, to be immersed in the ancient cries of home, only to find you are in the midst of being alone. Reminiscing in your mind the lands, the days and happy times. To be at the table where the bony fingers of Father Time grip tightly the cup that holds all that was and is to be. Mother Earth smiles as clinks her cup she and shifts that which was to that which is. And, Fate the Sisters Three, giggle and cackle in morbid glee, with scissors held so close to thee.23/06/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#15 I concur @Deb 🐝 Helfrich when travel is also our work then the mind opens up whole new vista's, when our passions are travel, whether they are combined with work or not, even more is revealed (and that is what I am now discovering from following both @Paul Walters and @Dean Owen and their experiences as globetrotters).
Yet when travel is simply a function of our work, it is the work we see. Now I can say that I took a work trip to Belgium, or a work trip to Brazil, or a work trip to South Africa, but that does not encompass experiences of what word "travel" can rise to as awareness, learning, appreciation and even (for sure) an international wisdom .
When it is work rather than travel, even the Queen has to sit and watch how the natives dance for her, yet the countries she visited would be kinder to just introduce her to Paul or Dean and see how they both have learned to see the world and then let her go where she please, and in that regard even the Queen loses something when duty came first, unless of course when she is free.23/06/2017 #15 Deb 🐝 HelfrichA philosophical vignette, @Paul Walters, that paints a fantastic portrait of the young you, and two stages of Cape Town.
Ah, those memories. I doubt if anyplace hasn't evolved past recognition in the last 20, most assuredly 30 years. And of course, all humans morph entirely in that span of time.
But then there is the absolutely true difference in perspective of being a visitor versus being a local. Having traveled & consulted in a fair amount of places, I think the division has less to do with amount of time spent and everything to do with whether you are someplace to carry out work. Exempting the lovely profession of writing, when my travel was all about business, the place was a barely noticeable backdrop to the grind of 8 hr days - well actually, as a traveling software consultant, they were more likely 12 hr work days.
Even with the odd weekend dedicated to pure tourism, the places I've worked were seen with an entirely different perceptual overlay than the places were my time was thoroughly my own to spend.
Which is to say, I have love affairs with the places I've merely visited and would re-engage the rendezvous without hesitation. But the places I've worked, have lost that allure, that marvelous sense of freedom and open possibility in each unfolding moment.23/06/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 ManjitAs I read this travel buzzes I am increasingly convinced that the travelers brain is far different perspective holder than a residents brain. I used to make the distinction between traveler and tourist, but it is fairly mute because both still travel, but a resident can reside in one place and never travel.
Think Sara Palin the VP candidate in the Republican Primaries on the John McCain ticket, Palin it is said knew very little of the global world, remaining mostly if not all her life in the realm of the United States, and so the parody of SNL took hold where they project her saying "I can see Russia from my window" .
I did go to South Africa but solely as a part of the organization I was working with and not as a traveler, and in comparing notes in terms of "travel", there is no comparison to my experience and the experience articulated here, it is self-evident in this comparison that I do not possess a travelers brain. I would not see or think about place in the way it is graphically and intricately expressed - and so it is I have not (at least to date) learned to see the world this way.
In this buzz I can see how travel may enrich the soul and that I have the soul of a homeboy. It is never too late to cultivate or inculcate a new perspective, but sometimes we are simply who we are and so we can accept that as who we are, but a buzz like this is an appreciation of what is sensory to a traveler and in appreciating that, the genuine traveler provides an illuminating sight.23/06/2017 #11 Ken BoddieHow fondly we look back and reminisce,
At past 'what if's' cocooned in frozen bliss,
But, as life's journey moulds how we have changed,
Those we once knew are also rearranged,
And places where we played down memory lane,
Are oft transformed and seldom stay the same.
It's good when we can catch up,
Without attempts to match up.
- Producer22/06/2017How to Travel on a Small BudgetPeople with wanderlust can’t help when the mood to wander strikes them, even if their wallet doesn’t know it’s time to travel. Perhaps, you count yourself among them. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible to see some fabulous places around the world...
- Producer16/06/2017Bloo Lagoon – A Quiet Hideaway In BaliPadangbai is a small, friendly Balinese seaside village and a great little getaway about an hour and a half from the airport. Tony and Marita, the visionary owners of Bloo Lagoon, have designed and built a gorgeous small villa resort, which is more...
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- Producer15/06/2017From Pennsylvania to Colorado, a Road Trip Pt. 1We just returned home from a road trip to Colorado. We've done this drive before but I have to admit the older I get the harder it gets! Do I have regrets, no. Did my tailbone feel like someone kicked it by the time we arrived in Colorado, yes. Ah,...
Comments21/06/2017 #18 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#17 ha, that was the first and last shot of bourbon this gal shall chug! I'm glad we didn't do the actual bourbon tour. The begin at 9 am and go all day. Who wants to begin drinking before lunch (well I guess many LOL). I saw photos of my neighbor and her husband doing the tour and I'm going to say, I bet they slept well.. or I hope they did haha. What is Eagle Rare @Cyndi wilkins? I prefer a nice, smooth, dry dark red wine!16/06/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#9 Hi @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador, we really did have a good time. There were moments but I'm waiting for pt 2 or 3. I have to split it up because of my photos... I could photo overload people. I think that's cool that you were in St. Louis when the Arch was being built!! Cheers with a glass of wine! I like a citrus beer on occasion.16/06/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorI'm so glad you're back @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher. Seems you had a great time. I would not have survived a bourbon tasting - you know, here we go loop-de-loop. I'll stick to beer and wine. I hate to admit this but I was in St Louis when the Gateway Arch was being built - 1963. I look forward to Part 2. Stunning pics, BTW.16/06/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#7 I'm glad this was a welcome mental break @Shelley Brown! I love cities with lights and a bit of glitz along with tons of choices for food etc.... I wish we would have had more time, not enough when you spend 7 days driving to Co. and back, plus a week out there. We had fun in Co. but 95% of our time had to be things the kids could do and well... where they liked to eat. I will leave that for another blog. I realized that towns like Estes are really for adults. I would have had a blast staying there after dark and hitting a pub or two through out the day. Ah, glad I got that off my mind LOL. Oh btw, wine drinker here!15/06/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#4 Ha, I would have either ended up vomiting or not able to walk a straight line @Susan 🐝 Rooks. They have tours that begin at 9am... I can't imagine drinking that early. Heck, I can't imagine drinking anything until later in the day. I'm a lightweight.
We had a great time, I hope I can add some humor to my next buzz. I have 2 more I want to do. I wrote this very fast last night :-) Thanks for your comment!!15/06/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#3 Thanks @David B. Grinberg, glad you enjoyed my photos! I have so many more. These were all taken with my Samsung. I haven't had time to upload the pics from my Canon yet. I felt like I was gone more than usual from beBee, it's nice to be back home even though we had a lot of fun!15/06/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#1 A lot of fun! I was trying to find out if the pedestrian bridge was within walking distance and asked a few restaurant workers leaving their shifts, they all had black uniforms on. I wasnt sure of the answers I was getting and decided to ask one more guy. I didnt get a cohesive answer at all and told my husband. My husband said, uh yea....you didnt notice he was grabbing his crotch while he had that creepy grin on his face? I thought my husband was kidding, but I guess I was asking a homeless man and he was more than happy to chat?! Lol, I didn't even notice.
- Producer14/06/2017Best Places to Visit While on a BudgetHave you searched for an inexpensive vacation destination recently? While today international travel usually requires a hefty bankroll to take advantage of seasonal air and cruise discounts, many American households enjoy excellent recreational...
- 02/06/2017Yo.... or is it woo hoo?! I don't want people to think I've abandoned beBee. I will be on vacation until next Sunday or Monday. We are on a road trip to see my son in Colorado. We will arrive in Colorado today, YAY! It's been almost a year since I've seen my Colorado family (grandboys!) Miss and love them SO much. I will be back in full swing when we return. cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @David B. Grinberg @Paul Walters @Randall Burns Please share so others know I'm not ignoring anyone, thanks and wishing you all a great week/weekend!! Photo Courtesy of Unsplash
- Producer21/05/2017The Discreet, Enigmatic and Evasive GeishaIt was our last night in Kyoto and we had explored so many facets of this beautiful city's culture and beauty. The breathtaking splendour of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, the magic of origami, the calming propriety of the tea ceremony, all...
Comments23/05/2017 #28 Ken Boddie#27 Lisa, if you are really keen on photography, my best advice to you is to take an on line course. I completed a diploma on line many years ago and though I knew quite a lot until I did the course. If you pick the right one, you will be given practicals to do every week, or in your own time, if weekly is too much, and you should be able to get great feedback from your on line tutor. As for Photoshop, you don't really need it and there are many cheaper and less complex programs around, but Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the time investment. An alternative editor, which has great crits and is much cheaper, is Lightroom, but I have no hands on experience with this. Why not join a local club? They're not hard to find and you'll pick up many interesting tips to get you on your way.23/05/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#13 #14 I love your frank honesty Ken :)) That means you are down to earth! I like the idea of keeping a notepad with me. I always forget so many details when I travel. It's easy to forget. I think I will grab one and keep it in my purse when we leave. Dr. Google is very generous, isn't he? I want to learn how to take raw photos. I met a professional photographer on IG a few years back and he still uses an older camera and said he won't use anything but. He does the same, develops, turns them into jpegs and I'm not sure about Photoshop. I just began teaching myself how to use Photoshop. I hate when I take a nice photo but no matter what settings I use it may look drab. I also use a few free photo editors too. Is it hard to take raw and then develop them? Sort of sounds relaxing to me. I'm glad you and your wife had such a good time. Welcome home a few weeks late. My husband and I were both really sick this past month and I missed a lot. He's still recovering from pneumonia and we leave on Friday, yikes! Send the healing Gods LOL22/05/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#25 The images of this fascinating country, Gert, were bursting to be taken by my trusty Canon. You are of course correct in your assessment that I took some time to compile these two blogs to date, but much of the time was taken up in choosing only a very few photos from the 1200 or so developed jpegs, taken over a period of some two weeks, so as to hopefully match the blog subjects. When the culture, art and scenery of the places we visit is so stimulating, preparation time flies past, as you undoubtedly know yourself. Thanks for the compliments.22/05/2017 #25 Gert Scholtz@Ken Boddie Along with your previous post, these are two of the most interesting travel pieces I have read. Fascinating information on a country and culture that is quite foreign to me, and your photos are superb. Thanks for taking what must have been a chunk of your time to compile these posts. Shared into the Travel Hive. Ever looking forward to the next Ken Boddie travel post!22/05/2017 #18 Ken Boddie#12 Thank you so much, Lada, for your compliments. I am glad you enjoyed this post. So many foreigners when travelling in Japan are fascinated by the kimono, which, when comprising a beautiful silk with subtle hues, worn by a woman with poise and maturity, is the epitomy of the Japanese female attire. To illustrate, I refer you to the two lovely ladies (above) who I photographed at the tea ceremony. The three young girls, however, who I shot in Tokyo's Hamarikyu Gardens (refer this earlier post: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/did-we-miss-cherry-blossom-season ), although also beautifully attired, almost appear to be casually dressed by comparison, as is befitting of a stroll outdoors in the uplifting cherry blossom.
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- Producer12/05/2017Did We Miss Cherry Blossom Season?We were on our way from Tokyo's Narita Airport to the hotel, full of anticipation for the two weeks of Japanese culture that lay ahead of us, imagining a magical expectation of experiences, from city to village and wave lapped shoreline to majestic...
Comments14/05/2017 #27 Ken BoddieInteresting take, Lisa, on one of my favourite ballads, by one of my wife's favourite singers, Eva Cassidy. But I have always preferred this classical Kenneth McKellar version which I hope you'll watch:
It brings back memories of my dad and I watching him at the Tivoli theatre in Aberdeen when I was a lad. We didn't have much money as a family, but it was a regular thing for dad and I to be entertained like lords at the Tivoli, as mum worked in the box office and got us free tickets on a regular basis.
This song and the land of my birth are both something I'll love ..... "Till a' the seas gang dry."14/05/2017 #26 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#23 Definitely wouldn't have been a Buddist Monk. But, Red Red Rose is beautiful - Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
You could be right about the old Scots Army back in the day.
I never heard of the Red Red Rose until you posted it now @Ken Boddie, This gal sings it with such eloquence: https://youtu.be/-1-PF2kt2jg Thank you for sharing Scot History that I'm not all that familiar with! I wish my grandmother or even my father would have been alive when I was old and curious enough to ask a lot of questions about their heritage in Scotland (and more!).13/05/2017 #23 Ken Boddie#20 "Scots wha hae" was a favourite battle cry in our Uni Regiment, Lisa. Stirring stuff when sung with gusto. I was, however, thinking more of ballads like "Red, Red Rose" or "Ae Fond Kiss", rather than Burns' depiction of Sir William Wallace's call to arms. But, either way, and upon further reflection, I can't see old Rabbie as either a Buddhist monk or a Samurai, or picnicking beneath the sakura. Back in the day, however, perhaps the Scots army could have done with a helping hand from the Shogun of the time?13/05/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#18 He was a radical back in his time. I look back at my grandmother who always told my mom she would be mortified if any of us married a Catholic. I did... mom said, my grandmother would have had much to say if she would have been alive then. I never understood until I read more about the Protestants and Catholics. Here's a lyric from dear Rabbie https://youtu.be/CKT7qxk9-pw13/05/2017 #15 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWow....... awesome @Ken Boddie! The Cherry blossoms are beautiful. I love the photos of you and your wife. Traveling to a serene place does wash all the stressors away, doesn't it?!! The photo of the children under the tree with the red hats, that could be on the cover of a magazine, well done! Your story brought me to a lovely place in my mind, thank you!!!13/05/2017 #14 Paul Walters@Ken Boddie Ken , you have no idea how much organisation went into getting that lonely tree in Tokyo festooned with blossoms for your visit...whew we just made it in time. I do concur with @Dean Owen but I feel that he might be a little biased as I believe he speaks Japanese like a native!! Thanks , I do so love Japan !
- Producer12/05/2017Thoughts on a 3210 Mile DrivePacking up and heading to an entirely different coast is one of the most thrilling things a person of a certain age can do. There is nothing like starting your engine 3am one Sunday knowing that absolutely everything will be different when you...
Comments22/06/2017 #69 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#68 I'm more envisioning Michael Moore directing you and @Cyndi in a doccy/drama where you traverse the lower 48 stopping off to offer your incisive social commentaries in each new community.Maybe the grand denounement will be your arrival at Mar- a-Lago where you'll offer an alternate state of the nation 😂.What do you think @Deb 🐝 Helfrich04/06/2017 #62 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#61 Get me a meeting with the producers, stat!.... I am writing an episode on dropping Frankie off at her reunion....handing bras on hangers to undergrads and walkie/talkie-ing security guards for munchies gone astray, while her push-pin art rips a trio of passers-by's cashmere ensembles to shreds.03/06/2017 #56 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador@Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I felt like I was with you on your road trip. I'm always anxious the day before a trip - perhaps excited better describes my feeling. Driving out of the drizzle and fog into a beautiful sunrise is like the ups and downs of life. It seems you were ready for a change in your life and you've found the perfect timing.
There are times when I feel I am just going through the motions of life, and that's when the light comes on in the attic. I am usually a good responder to myself so I know it's time to get up off my derriere and make some changes. I look at life as being made up of chapters with each chapter reflecting the ups, downs, and u-turns in my life. I've made a few u-turns because I want to live life to its fullest.
“Fear not that your life will come to an end, but that it will never have a beginning.” -John Henry Newman03/06/2017 #55 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.our angel bee27/05/2017 #54 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBeewhat an absolute delight to read! I have loved being a part of your journey and I am so excited about your next stage. I too seem to be spending less time on social media and more time face to face with people. And I also know social media well used has connected me to wonderful people like you and others who have commented below. Sending you lots of love - looking forward to finding a time to talk on zoom! xxx
- Producer12/05/2017How Do You Mend A Broken Heart? A Visit To Beirut.. Welcome to Beirut, recognised as one of the oldest cities in the world where Archeologists have dated human habitation here to over 5000 B. C. This picturesque city is perched on a thin peninsula that meanders outwards into the azure...
Comments15/05/2017 #39 David B. GrinbergWow, Paul, you sure get around. I really enjoy reading these illuminating, informative and insightful articles.
Are you contemplating (or already writing) a book about your travels and all the different cultures you've experiences first-hand? Could be a good one. Keep buzzing!13/05/2017 #30 CityVP 🐝 ManjitBeirut the beautiful became Beirut the bombed and I am so glad to read this renaissance account of Beirut becoming beautiful again among the bombed structures. I have never met a person from Lebanon who did not offer great accounts of how life used to be, and to see this account mirror their sentiments is very good to see. Very well written piece, enjoyed the writing and the insight that speaks in volumes that all is well again, as it should be for this beautiful land and city.
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- Producer19/04/2017Life is One Leap of Faith after AnotherI am still not entirely comfortable with social media as a lifestyle. Although, I have come to regard it as funny that the extroverts seem to think I have joined their tribe, even though I'd be much more comfortable being a keynote speaker...
Comments23/04/2017 #44 Cyndi wilkins#42 Lol @Martin Wright...Sounds like @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I may have a new career path in the making here...Grace and Frankie impersonators;-) Now that could be great fun...and have a very healing effect by lightening things up a little! Lord knows we could all use some comic relief;-)23/04/2017 #43 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#42 So am I to infer by its absence that you can picture me sitting in an enormous chair, spotting the wisdom of age six? I will make sure to trot out some acerbic jabs in the near future, @Martin Wright View more#42 So am I to infer by its absence that you can picture me sitting in an enormous chair, spotting the wisdom of age six? I will make sure to trot out some acerbic jabs in the near future, @Martin Wright. I actually have quite a few, but I need the benefit of tone, facial expressions, and my wildly gesticulating hands to pull it off with aplomb Close21/04/2017 #39 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#38 Now that is a good question - why don't we just use the monkey bars as support for hammocks on playgrounds? It just might tone down the squealing volume.... And nap time would no longer induce tears!
I hereby dedicate my first entire day of sloth - marinating in the sound of the pounding surf - the hardest working writer in Bali!21/04/2017 #36 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#25 This comment is so precious, I am actually glad it got the carbon paper treatment, digital style, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams. I responded earlier in the day on LI, so that reply probably has a more zippy response.
It has been an emotional day of love and support and encouragement - and I just feel like the responses to this piece of writing that I often thought probably wasn't anything others wanted to read - have put the cherry on the top of the sundae I am building of learning to exist just a little bit differently in the world.
I am going to stop shifting myself into neutral so much, in order to do a thorough analysis, and just put things out there, even when I haven't thought them entirely through. I know how to swim, so why not catch a few more rapids of life?21/04/2017 #34 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#22 It tickles me to think of all the possible meetings that will occur in the future as the beBee experience will surely result in many interesting meetings and long lasting friendships.
And come that fateful day, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee View more#22 It tickles me to think of all the possible meetings that will occur in the future as the beBee experience will surely result in many interesting meetings and long lasting friendships.
And come that fateful day, @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, when the first international ambassador conference is held - I will be making a beeline to make your in-person acquaintance. I suspect that whole affair will feel like a reunion of lifelong friends! Close21/04/2017 #32 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#21 You know, @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee, it was the second time around when basically the same 'movie' played in my mind that gave me the courage to voice this crazy longing that had been showing up in a variety of ways for quite some time. But of course, in the past, my mind started up with 'everyone dreams of walking along the ocean each day' and issued a command that there was nothing more to see here, time to move along to 'reality.'
We are a curious specious, given that our mind is often debating and even belittling our heart....20/04/2017 #31 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#20 Speaking of synchronicities - It was a fact that I called you as were typing out this comment. We have these little signals all the time that can guide us to seeing just below the surface of what we regard as reality!
It will be such a great opportunity to have some time to talk and share face-to-face.
Plus I think Bali would do you a world of good and someone has got to check out that hammock Paul is so fond of.....20/04/2017 #30 Cyndi wilkins#17 I have this crazy feeling we will now be referred to as "Grace and Frankie." Taking such a leap of faith with a virtual relationship takes a great deal of courage and trusting that you know you will be in good hands when you reach your destination. It is an honor for me to take part in such a huge life transition with a sense gratitude to be on the receiving end of a friendship with one of the networks most talented and compassionate bees;-) You deserve the best that life has to offer @Deb 🐝 Helfrich...When you give of yourself as much as you do...the world is your oyster!20/04/2017 #28 Shawn Quinlivan, C.Ht.Infectious enthusiasm. Wit. Clarity. Gravity. This is a beautifully written article and testament to the power of relationships, especially those with people who are willing to delve beneath the surface of things. I experience you as a gift, Deb, one I am very grateful for. We have awesome synergy! I am very excited for you and wish you the best on your new adventure. The ancient prayer of the Lakota permeates the atmosphere of South Dakota -- it is an extremely unique place and beautiful in it's desolate landscape. You will feel it!
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- Producer23/03/2017The Smoke that ThundersThere is one place in Africa I would visit again and again. The Victoria Falls. More than once I have been there. Each time I experience the scenery and adventure of the environment anew. It is a symphony of nature. The Falls ...
Comments15/04/2017 #59 Linda AdamsI didn't do the river rafting at Victoria Falls, but when I visited the Angels in Venezuela we had an Indian guide who took us canoeing down the river and swimming at the back of a waterfall. There are so many amazing places to visit in our world. Thank you for sharing your experiences.26/03/2017 #57 Jerry FletcherGert,
Every time you post you add to the places I've got to see on this incredible globe we inhabit. I don't think I've ever played a golf course with those kinds of hazards but it looks like fun. Same for the ultralight flight. I'm passing this along to friends who have rafted on the Indus They will appreciate that photo of the raft dancing on it's tail feathers.26/03/2017 #56 Gert Scholtz@Don 🐝 Kerr Thanks Don, I would very much like to play a round of golf with you on this course! The river rafting was to me the most intimidating activity – underwater not knowing how long and which way is up; a huge fright. The microlight looks seductively easy but it did not help at all that my seat on the aircraft was slightly loose! As I mention; exhilaration and fear are close friends in these adventures.25/03/2017 #52 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsThis is absolutely spectacular @Gert Scholtz It's feels a bit overboard but I wouldn't mind getting on that boat now that I don't drown 😆. The river rafting sounds crazy a must try. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience with us. A trip of a lifetime I must say.25/03/2017 #51 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI got air sick just looking at the ultra-lights! I'll let you tell me all about it Gert! Though I would love to walk along that path/bridge I saw in one picture, I'll leave the jumping into the pool for the younger, stronger ;-). Thank you for sharing this adventure with us, simply spectacular! So glad I found this post on Twitter! I missed it here.
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Comments28/03/2017 #36 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#33 The honor would be mine @Marianne Naughton. Would you shoot me a link a link to your site?
This is actually part two of a short series, the first is here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@aaron-skogen/on-my-knees . I plan to publish the third soon. Also please feel free to visit my blog page here: https://www.bebee.com/@aaron-skogen
Out of curiosity are you new to beBee? I checked your profile and it looked relatively fresh. I would be happy to introduce you to the community here.
Thanks again for reading, commenting, and your kind word.21/03/2017 #29 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#26 Oh, wow, thank you so much for the kind and generous comment my friend @Laura Mikolaitis! I love how you used the ancient Greek terminology to describe my writing. That alone took me back to my college days and gave me pause to think about how I structure the next installment.
You know, that is part of where this leads (even though I haven't quite figured out how to get there. . .). Despite the apparent hardship, no where in the world have I witnessed so much joy and love, than I did there. It begs the question, what are we missing. . .20/03/2017 #26 Laura Mikolaitis@Aaron 🐝 Skogen, you are a kind, gentle and caring human being with such a big heart. This experience has truly made an impact on you as is evidenced by your ability to share such a compelling experience and story with us here. I cannot imagine what it must be like to live in those conditions, but your ability to convey ethos, pathos, and logos in your writing helps me to understand better. Your experience is a reminder to me that little things matter just as much as the big things. It is also a reminder that faith, hope, and love prevail - even when we doubt that they do. The world works in mysterious ways and we are led to and down paths that we may question at every turn, but there is a reason. Thank you for sharing this second installment of your experience and for giving me reason to take pause.20/03/2017 #24 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#19 That was exactly the sort of mixed emotions I was hoping to elicit @Shelley Brown. I am so happy you enjoyed it. If you ever want to get involved I know a group that would happily accept you :-). While most of the team I went with was from the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, we had one person from New York.
As always, thank you so much for reading, joining the conversation and sharing. I appreciate you!20/03/2017 #23 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#18 I appreciate your sharing the post on FB @Andrew Books, I left a thank you there as well(a few days ago I think :-). I apologize for being late getting back here. Nevertheless, I think my reply to you here would be similar to my reply to Todd. It certainly changes ones perspective!20/03/2017 #22 Aaron 🐝 Skogen#17 @Todd Jones, I am so happy to know you found it relevant and that it helps put our "First World Problems" into perspective. I'm certain Haiti did more for me than I did for it. That's the nature of it though, I think. I'm reminded of this quote as I read your comment; "Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry
Thanks again for the kind words and your thoughtful comment Todd.18/03/2017 #17 Todd JonesHi Aaron. From time to time, I try to stop and consider the trivial nature of my own problems. Articles like this are a great reminder that my challenges are really little more than inconveniences born of prosperity, and absolutely pale in comparison to what you have described above.
So goes life in America. We now spend so much time squabbling and bickering and fighting over the trifling details of politics and philosophy, that we have lost sight of matters that are truly important, and long with it, have largely abandoned our willingness to help our fellow man. It seems that our life of ease provides a fertile environment for breeding selfishness, petty conflict and hostility.
As far as I know, nobody in America has to carry water on their head just to survive. It sounds to me like a trip to Haiti would provide some much needed perspective to everyone in America, especially our politicians. Great post, and many thanks to you and your family for helping.
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