I’m a complete dunderhead and only just realized today that Erin of The World Wanderer tagged me to take part in HostelBookers 7 Super Shots. This, folks, is the first time I’ve been “tagged” to do anything on here, so I’m feeling kind of excited. Thanks, Erin, for thinking of me. I apologize for my tardiness.
So, here they are! My seven shots that…
1) …take my breath away
Mike and I had only been married for about 8 months or so when we went to Italy together for the first time. As a classical archaeologist, Italy was old hat to him. He’d been there several times before. For me, though, this was HUGE. This was about me really becoming a part of his life – seeing the place he’s passionate about and sharing it with him. He’d told me about this little restaurant in Sorrento where they had the best mussels on the planet, and that he couldn’t wait to take me there, too. Well, this picture is of that restaurant. We’d just finished an amazing meal overlooking the sea and were leaving when I turned around and snapped this photo. It makes me think of endless possibilities. Six years later, it takes my breath away.
2) …make me laugh or smile
I’m going to cheat and post two pictures for this one, but I figure that’s okay. Let’s call them “companion” pictures, shall we? My friend, Laurie, and I had spent a few days in what can only be described as the sketchiest hotel known to man in London in November of 2005. The communal bathroom looked like the movie “Se7en” might have been filmed in it – flickering lights, cockroaches scurrying by – and as a result we basically refused to shower. It was on this trip that we learned that the Tube shuts down at midnight, thereby stranding you on the other end of town, and that Edward Scissorhands: The Dancical is nowhere near as cool as it sounds. It was all awesome, basically, but my favorite memories are the ones, here, of the two of us pretending to shove leaves in our purses “just because” and then, later, of Mike declaring all-out leaf war on me. No matter what, they make me smile.
3) …make me dream
I like this picture because, jeez, have you seen this picture!? I think it’s dreamy for a few reasons, really: 1) I didn’t know it snowed in Joshua Tree. I honestly didn’t. Moral of the story: the world is huge and amazing and there are always ways to be surprised. 2) I didn’t know trees could look like this. My friend Colleen said they looked like a Dr. Seuss illustration come to life. It’s so true. 3) This road appears to go nowhere and everywhere all at the same time. Where might it lead? Who knows?
4) …make me think
I don’t want this to turn into something more than what it is, which is one girl just trying to make herself happy. So without agenda, I’m putting this out here. Attending this rally in 2008 made me think. I felt inspired and lucky and optimistic and a part of something huge. I still feel that way.
5) …make my mouth water
We’d just spent two hours snorkeling in the warm, crystal-clear waters of Playa Cocles in Costa Rica. As we left the boat to start a two-hour hike back into town, our tour guides cut open the freshest, tastiest pineapple imaginable. It was heaven.
6) …tell a story
Palm Sunday in Cusco, Peru was, simply put, extraordinary (I can only imagine what Easter would have been like). Christy bought me this cross made of reeds right before church service where we were welcomed and blessed along with everyone else. Afterward, I left it at the door of the cathedral at the Plaza des Armas. It meant a lot to me.
7) …I am most proud of
I actually did win an “award” for this one! Several years ago I submitted this picture of a waterfall in Nice, France to MSNBC’s “It’s a Snap!” online competition and it was voted that week’s favorite. It’s not much, but it made me happy.
ETA: This photo also won us a $100 gift card from World Market several months ago in a FB photo competition.
And now I need to tag some folks. I’d love to see your seven shots:
1) Amber at The Usual Bliss
2) Kate at 365til30
3) Meghan at Soulshine Traveler
4) Christie at Cookiemomma’s Blog
5) Jenn at The Cupcake of Life
Feel free to take your time. Lord knows I did. :)