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Travel Tuesday – My 7 Super Shots

Last year, HostelBookers came up with a game called 7 Super Shots, in which they gave 7 travel photo categories.

Well, I missed the boat on the original game, but since this is Travel Photo Tuesday, I thought that I would play, albeit a little bit late!

  • A photo that…takes my breath away. I took this in Peru, in the Colca Valley – it was very early in the morning, and we were on our way to Colca Canyon to see the condors fly. The scenery and the mist (and the altitude!) took my breath away.


  • A photo that…makes me laugh or smile. This picture was taken on Lake Nicaragua, on the ferry that took us to Ometepe Island. I talked the captain into letting me steer the boat – those are his sunglasses that I’m wearing, and the sign says ‘authorized personnel only’. One of my prouder moments!


  • A photo that…makes me dream. Me: 21 years old, sand surfing in the peruvian desert, no responsibilities, still two months of travel ahead of me before heading back to real life. My dream right now is to get back to that state – planning a massive round the world trip!


  • A photo that…makes me think. This is the Inti Raymi festival in Saqsaywaman, Peru. We decided to spend less time in Bolivia, to make sure that we wouldn’t miss it. As far as I know, it’ a re-enactment of an ancient royal event… although it all happened in Quichua, so I don’t actually know what happened. It makes me think about travel priorities – I still wish that I had spent time in Bolivia, but I’m also happy that I got to witness this event!


  • A photo that…makes my mouth water. Ok, there are two of these, because the first picture is nothing special to look at. But you don’t understand. This is the best cheese sandwich you will ever have. In 2005, the bus ride from Quito to Canoa was 9 hours long, and about halfway into the journey, I would start thinking about this sandwich. Poor Marina had to listen to me go on about it for 5 hours. But she understood.
  • The second picture is from my first ever paid photography job. I took this picture for Taste, an excellent catering company based in Ottawa. This Burmese tomato salad tastes as amazing as it looks.



  • A photo that…tells a story. Kids will be kids will be kids. I met these boys at an orphanage in Bamako, Mali. They were the ones who were too old to be adopted, and had been living there for most of their lives. Doesn’t matter – they were silly and hilarious and happy, like any other kid I’ve ever met.


  • A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot). Come on, Nat Geo or Lonely Planet… I’m ready for you!



Can we talk about hotels?

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my family travels a lot. And we love hotels. When we were kids, and my mum wanted a weekend away, sometimes we’d just rent a hotel room in our town so we’d feel like we were on vacation.

I love any kind of rented accommodation, really. Big fan of hostels, which is my usual residence of choice when I’m travelling. Since I’ve had this job though, I’ve had the privilege of staying in hotels.

I just got to Calgary, and I’m loving my hotel so much that I’m actually writing a blog post about it. I’m staying at Hotel Alma. I was excited about it before getting here, because their website is funky, and they’re called Alma. It means soul in Spanish, and I’ve always thought that it would make a great name for a daughter.

I’m not sure why I’m so excited about this place. I don’t even know where I am in Calgary, but I’m here to work, so it doesn’t really matter. They have unlimited long distance calls, which makes my life much easier, since I’m spending the day inside tomorrow and Friday interviewing people over the phone. They have a fridge and a microwave, which I’ve discover isn’t that common. It’s attached to the university, so they have a dining hall that’s open until 11pm, as well as an entire campus to walk around in. Parking is cheap, the room is affordable. I have a few in person interviews, and an entire campus to choose from for meeting space.

I think that I’m excited because this is the first time on my three week trip that I’ve actually been motivated to work, and that’s good, because I’ve got a lot to catch up on!

While we’re on the topic, other fave hotels/hostels are the following, in case you’re ever in these places and looking for a place to stay!

Quito, Ecuador – The Secret Garden

Canoa, Ecuador – Hotel Bambu (I seriously love this place so much)

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – Rockin’ J’s

Ok, this is all I can think of right now. Feeling kind of silly. Please comment with your own faves!