Happy New Year! I regret the lack of updates and posts. I am more active on IG at the moment but only because I like sharing pictures with you. Sometimes I want to do it all and get sidetracked. Life gets real, real quickly and you know how the story goes..
I just wanted to touch on a thought today. I recently thought why are we always reading someone's review and taking notes on the next best thing to emerge from that location. Whether it's a location to shoot or best place for your favorite food, we tend to read reviews which results in a deliberate plan of action. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow us to think out of the box.
Recently I thought about all the travel blogs and reviews I read about, make some plans around that, and give it a go. Well I consider that a little bit bad for any of us that are trying to find some originality. Like a wise man once said, "There's nothing new in this world. There's only a different arrangement of things." (1) As I pondered what I was going to do, I decided to scrap my plans which would have me doing exactly as someone else, gathering the same points of view. On this day, I ended up hitch hiking around the city to get to my destinations. Something some may not recommend. They might urge you to take a taxi. In my case, I have had more bad run-ins with taxis than I did locals.
I'm thankful for these lucky choices. I would be missing out on some very beautiful memories, otherwise lost to convenience and someone else's ideas. The thoughts I was preoccupied with, trying to be somewhere, I decided I'd make it work around me.
Hiking around the city to get to Amapura to see the sunset over U-bein Bridge. I missed catching the boat to see sunset along the bridge horizon but came upon beauties I would have missed otherwise.
(1) Henri Cartier Bresson on The Decisive Moment