When we lived in Taiwan, on one of the telly Travel channels there used to be an advert they would run again and again and again. It told the story of travelers who turned up in a village in the arse-end of nowhere, realised they were lost and were desperate to get back on the road again. Only, of course, there was no transport for a day or two. They then slowly realised that being lost, or at least not where you wanted to be is what travel is about. I think the tag line was something like 'you can't find yourself until you're lost'. What a load of hippy-dippy baloney, is my usual view of that. I have to say I like things planned. That doesn't mean no flexibility but I enjoy planning a trip and like to know what is going to happen next.
Planning it is half the fun.
Although, if that were actually true, then I should plan two trips, have the same amount of enjoyment and save a fortune. But you know what I mean.
However, on occasion, I can be proven wrong about this and we stumble upon (or get pushed into) a hidden gem.
We were off out for the day from our Air BnB week to, I think, Galle for the day. About 10 minutes into the journey our driver turns off the main road and up a hill, round a corner, up a bit, down a bit and round a few more corners.
When he eventually stops he proudly tells that this is the temple of his own village.
It was one of the oddest temples I have ever been to. It was really lovely, but strange.
The extensive gardens had a winding path that wended (Is that a word?) around them, guarded by hundreds of statues of monks and nuns. At first glance these 2m high statues are identical, but closer inspection reveals their differences. As far as we could tell they were each unique. Possibly based on actual monks and nuns? Who knows? Off the beaten track means no tourist signs!
I spent a good long-while messing around with the depth of field on this guy. I wanted him as sharp as possible, the background blurred but it still obvious that there was a procession of monks behind him.
See, different hair, different ears.
Looking forwards and backwards.
It took just 20 minutes to have a good look around, but it was silent and deserted (apart from us) and regular readers will know how much I like that. It was just charming.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.