Took a much needed social break to enjoy my surroundings and break free from technology. Thanks @thecroatiachronicles for inspiring this reset. Feel like a brand new person. As great as it is to post stuff as it happens, posting a couple weeks later doesn’t make much of a difference but does make a huge difference for your own mental health. Highly recommended!
The Sera Monastery is now famous amongst tourists to watch the monks debate (it’s really more like a pre-test to see what the young monks remember from there teachings and the teachers approve or correct with certain clapping). It is one of the great three Gelug monasteries in Tibet and suffered severe damage after the 1959 revolt in Lhasa, the colleges destroyed, and hundreds of monks killed. Many monks who survived the attack followed the Dalai Lama to India.
🇯🇴 One of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen was in the middle of the desert of Wadi Rum. This photo here didn't quite capture it, but we tried! This was our first stop on the way to Petra, and (fun fact) they actually filmed a lot of Hollywood movies here! ---
Is Jordan on your list of places to travel to? 👇🏼
Well, I knew I was definitely going to see bikes in Amsterdam, but I had no idea there were just so many everywhere because it's one of the main means of transportation in the country. The bike culture here is so strong that it's said there's an average of two bikes for every person in the city. So the landscape is a mix of canals, Northern European buildings and bunches of bikes locked together. There's even a black market for them and bike dealers! Only in the Netherlands! 🇳🇱 .
Eu sabia que veria bicicletas em Amsterdã, só não fazia idea da quantidade delas por todas as partes, já que esse é um dos principais meios de transporte no país. A cultura das bicicletas é tão forte aqui que há uma estimativa de duas bicicletas por pessoa na cidade. Portanto, a paisagem é uma mistura de canais, prédios do norte da Europa e várias bicicletas aglomeradas e presas com cadeados. Existe até um mercado negro e traficantes de bicicletas. Isso só acontece na Holanda! 🇳🇱
I went from 30 C with 80% humidity to 10 C with wind chill in Sydney, but can't even be mad with clouds like that over something I've grown up seeing on TV shows and in books.
It was a surreal experience seeing it in person. Never would I have thought I'd be seeing it in person, let alone after traveling internationally by myself for the first time. *high five younger me*
We're doing something right.
Flashback #10 : Our National Parks are pretty awesome. We’ve been to over 135 National parks, monuments, battlefields, and historic sites. Each one offers something unique, educational, and beautiful. Do you have a favorite National Park?
In December 1952, the bridge opened while a number 78 double-decker bus was crossing from the south bank. At that time, the gateman would ring a warning bell and close the gates when the bridge was clear before the watchman ordered the raising of the bridge. The process failed while a relief watchman was on duty. The bus was near the edge of the south bascule when it started to rise; driver Albert Gunter made a split-second decision to accelerate, clearing a 3-foot gap to drop 6 feet onto the north bascule, which had not yet started to rise. There were no serious injuries.Gunter was given £10 by the City Corporation to honour his act of bravery