Land Of A Thousand Hills

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Rwanda is often referred to as land of a thousand hills.

It is, constantly going up and down. Every peak bringing another view of more hills and it is beautiful. The lush green with the red clay offers stunning views. I had expected Rwanda to be beautiful but it far exceeded my expectations.

Where are the screaming kids?

Rwanda Baby

There were children everywhere in Rwanda but I never heard screaming kids, kids having a temper tantrum, even a crying baby. Perhaps it’s because the younger babies are tied to their mother’s backs.

You see this all the time, the Mom is happily going about her day and the little one is just safely hanging out. Sleeping or looking around without a care in the world. Safely bundled into the blanket that is tied to the Mom. Little feet and hands sticking out, it totally amazed me how happy they appeared.

Then the older ones are curious, they wave and many love having their picture taken. They love to see their picture like this little guy.

Little Picture Guy Rwanda

After seeing his picture he seemed to look back at his sister with a see I told you I was handsome look.

Little Picture Guy Rwanda

 

There was one little guy in a red sweater with a big smile who came running up to our bus and threw his hands in the air while yelling “GIVE ME ALL YOUR MONEY!” Then stood with his hands out. Well might as well try the direct approach, he didn’t get any money and I missed the picture.

Always keep your camera out, the moment you put it away something interesting will happen ……. every time.

Tijuana Welcome

LUE 2014

When I arrived in Tijuana for my Taco and Tequila tour I was greeted by a big smile from LUE. He is a shepherd – greyhound cross and has one of the sweetest temperaments I have ever seen in a dog. So well behaved and he followed me everywhere. Having lost my own dog last year seeing LUE was just what I needed along with the sun and seeing my good friend again. LUE also slept with me every night and I enjoyed the company.

You hear so many stories about Tijuana but where we were is so nice. It’s just a suburb with people living their lives in a beautiful location. Their place is right on the ocean and there is a pool area to lounge in over looking the ocean. I could sit out there with my buddy LUE for days (and I did). Just listening to the ocean talking and laughing with the neighbours and feeling so welcome. It’s amazing that I returned home. To go outside without eight layers on was such a welcome change.

It was the perfect break to debate the next step in my life, sometimes you need to step out of your everyday life to figure things out. While I don’t have all the details worked out the sun and fun in Tijuana certainly helped.

Power Of Water At Dettifoss

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Just a photo of the water falling. It is one of my favourite photo’s from an amazing trip. The is just the fall part of Dettifoss, it kind of gives you an idea of the power of the fall. It is by volume the largest in Europe.

Dettifoss Again

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is a photo of the top of Dettifoss just before it crashes over the edge.

It’s so beautiful and it goes from really calm to starting to churn, seeming to pick up speed before it turns into a big churning mass of water crashing down. Amazing and it was definitely one of the top highlights of my trip, in a trip that was full of highlights.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Dettifoss

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The mother of all the waterfalls we saw. By volume of water it is the largest in Europe and the sound of the crashing water is unbelievable.

It’s a formidable site and I’m not sure the photo’s do it justice for it’s size and strength. It is MASSIVE and really beautiful in a way that is different from the tall waterfalls and the pretty smaller ones. It’s beauty is in just the sheer volume and power of the water.

We stood and watched it for ages it’s very mesmerizing to watch and the sound is oddly calming.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Petra’s Stone Museum Painted Rocks And Such

Gnome Icelend
I loved the Gnome peaking through the leaves.

All over the garden there are painted rocks, other little statues and it just adds to the delight of the place. So if you find yourself in Iceland Petra’s Stone Museum is definitely worth the trip!
Cats Heads Iceland Painted Stone Face Painted Stone Man

Whale bones, they are MASSIVE.
Whale Bones

Wooden sheep in the grass.
Dog Statue

Petra’s Stone Museum Flowers

Petra Stone Museum

That’s Petra in her garden, made by a local sculptor.

Besides the stones all over the place at the stone museum, there are beautiful flowers everywhere. The garden is so well tended and there are little seats all over for you to sit on and just enjoy the wonderful gem of a place!

Petra Flowers 8 Petra Flowers 1 Petra Flowers 4 Petra Flowers 3 Petra Flowers 2 Petra Flowers 5 Petra Flowers 6 Petra Flowers 7