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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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

Dressing up

Dressing like the locals gives you a feel of the place, whether for:

-a photoshoot: India, China, Peru and Japan

-modeling the outfit for your travel companions: Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Guatemala

-going out for dinner: Cambodia

-dressing up as an empress for dinner in a โ€œpalace turned restaurantโ€: Vietnam,

Or for the whole stay: Iran.

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E7F8A9CF-211A-49E2-8755-87C007E9012BChina ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ 2011 & 2012

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D9BF151C-4FBC-4EE8-A66B-6FCFCC7C9CE0Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช 2011

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7C767B2D-91BA-4FD6-95A4-6F63BEAF6563Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต 2015

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3600B4FE-AD54-49F7-91E0-73FB80768CFFSri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 2004

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3D6B3B5A-3625-439B-8DDB-76827307EA01Uzbekistan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 2007

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DE3140B6-EACF-4B17-9086-841C9DCDF2D9Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น 2015

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E6B37512-C0C6-45D9-80F5-6EB6250391E9Cambodia ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ 2003

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BD2C42A3-90EF-4BD6-AE50-0A7A1F89C817Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ 2001

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Iran ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท 2001 & 2003

 

From Place to Place

From place to place
Beauty standards change
Black, gold or white
A smile is a smile
Tattooed, toothless or carmine
It makes young and old shine
๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ย 

Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ 2001 Applying black lacquer on the teeth of young coming-of-age women was a very popular rite of passage.

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Uzbekistan ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 2007 Gold teeth are a traditional status symbol.

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Tea plucker – Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 2004

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Myanmar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฒ 2005

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Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2007

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Madagascar ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ 2009

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Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช 2011

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Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น 2013

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Laos ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 2007

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Bhutan ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡น 2016 Carmine or brown red teeth colour are a side effect of chewing betel nut, a very commun practice in SE Asia.