The World ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒŽ Seen From …

Exploring the world ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒŽfrom different perspectives, be it:

riding

1๏ธโƒฃa donkey while in Tenerife, Canary Islands ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡จ – July1985

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2๏ธโƒฃan elephant in Chiang Mai, Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ – November 2007

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3๏ธโƒฃa camel in Norita campsite, Uzbekistan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ May 2008

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sitting in:

4๏ธโƒฃa carriage in Fontainebleau, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 1986

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5๏ธโƒฃa rickshaw in Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ March 2001

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6๏ธโƒฃan ox cart in Madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ May 2009

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7๏ธโƒฃdiving underwater in the Maldives ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป July 2012

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8๏ธโƒฃclimbing up mountains in Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น October 2016

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or

9๏ธโƒฃrising higher up above in a hot air balloon in Luxor, Egypt ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ December 2016

Dr. Jekyll and Mrs. Hyde Sans The Evil Streak …a Woman of Many Contradictions

My sister once said to me, you are like Lebanon ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง the country of contradictions…

You are devout and a party animal… you endeavor to practice your 5 daily prayers and more, the beautiful voice of one specific muezzin makes you stop everything to listen to his beautiful call for prayer, but again certain songs can pull you to the dance floor with shameless abandon๐Ÿ’ƒ…

Your friends? social butterflies๐Ÿ˜Ž and literati ๐Ÿค“You are equally pleased in the company of the younger in their 30s as well as the older with experience in their 80s.

What else? I love a good ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ as much as I love farniente..I enjoy living in the fast lane, enjoy the adrenaline that helps me cope with a hectic lifestyle but equally enjoy a relaxing morning just catching up on the world or reading a catching book, staying home and not having any planned outings…

In the morningโ˜€๏ธ I look forward to the peace and quiet of the night ๐ŸŒ™ and the rituals preceding the โ€œ machine switch offโ€ ๐Ÿ“– while at night I look forward to the morning โ€œwaking up processโ€ and its routine – a warm ๐Ÿšฟ and โ˜•๏ธ in the garden listening to the chirping ๐Ÿฆ

These contradictions must be explained by the following: my yin and yang DNA is probably the โ€œjoint account โ€œ of 2 extremely different ancestors ๐Ÿค”

Knowing this, it shouldnโ€™t come as a surprise that I enjoy the luxury of 5* hotels as much as I enjoyed the overnight homestay in Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca in Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช, the shared sleeping accommodation – we were 12 – of a wooden boat during a Mekong cruise in Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ, the rudimentary comfort of a traditional yurt in Uzbekistan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ, and camping in Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น under torrential rain ๐ŸŒง i.e. muddy terrain ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Anyone like me?

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Four Seasons Hotel – Anahita, Mauritius ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ 2014

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Le Negresco Hotel – Nice, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 2014

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Lake Palace Hotel – Udaipur, India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ 1998

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Riads – Marrakech and Fรจs, Morocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2016

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Shwe Inn Tha Floating Resort – Inlay Lake, Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ 2005

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Beach bungalow Hotel Vanille – Manakara, Madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 2009

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Localโ€™s casa- Amantani Island, Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช 2011

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Wooden boat – Mekong, Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ 2001

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Nurata Yurt Campsite, Uzbekistan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 2008

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Campsites between Paro and Thimphu, Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น 2016