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TRAVELS

I have one tattoo.  It’s of the world.  In part, the globe was a reminder of my travels.  It’s also to remind me we are the same wherever we live in the world.  Stripped of possessions and opportunities and removed from stereotypes we are essentially the same.  We all laugh.  We all cry.  Crave.  Hope.  Dream.

We all dream of places we’ll go.  Sometime it can be described by placing your finger on a map.  Sometimes it’s not a physical location but instead a place in your mind that you want to reach.  

There is always wonder as you learn more about that particular place.  As you get closer, your heart starts beating faster.  You become more curious.  You want to soak it all up.  Success isn’t measured by the hours put in, but instead by the glow you feel inside.

For me, my next destination is here.  Physically, it’s a country in the Himalayas.  But i know it is far more than getting off a plane and saying “I’m here”.   This will be an adventure I’m sure will alter, or perhaps just confirm, my outlook on the world.   That we are all indeed full of laughter, emotions, and that we all hope, crave and dream.

I am going to Nepal  to photograph behind the scenes of a fair trade organization.  It is like bringing my two worlds together.  My love for people, culture and travel with my passion to photograph with an extra layer of social awareness added in.  All strung together because of the vision of a young lady who was inspired by the many sides of fair trade.  Not only how beautiful and ethical products are but also how it motivates people to ask about the products and start change-making conversations.  

I have dreamed of returning back to Nepal and I cannot think of any other way in which I’d like to do it.   My heart beats faster just thinking of it and there is already a huge glow inside.   Phew…. what’s it going to be like in two weeks when I take off………

more to come…..

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7 Comments

  1. Harold Pliszka March 26, 2011 Reply

    Although we are going to miss you. I love these photos.

  2. Virginia Holst March 26, 2011 Reply

    I can't wait to see the photos, hope you have a wonderful time! We will have to get coffee when you get back and I'll bring along Hugh so you can meet him!

  3. Cathy March 26, 2011 Reply

    I'm smiling ear to ear for you. You are such a good writer too Janet. I think you should pitch this entire journey story to Tom B. down the street before you go. You could write and be the photographer. Think about it! Send him a link to your blog, you must.

  4. Denise March 26, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful photos Janet and great story!!! Enjoy each moment, cannot wait to see the photos when you return!

  5. Cara Miller March 26, 2011 Reply

    What an amazing opportunity! I bought my kids a globe this past Christmas trying to plant the travel bug in them like I have! Have a fabulous trip, looking forward to seeing some images upon your return.

  6. Gina March 26, 2011 Reply

    I love this post Janet and the photos here are stunning. I too feel excited anticipating the beautiful photos you'll share during/after this journey.

    The Laptop CEO in me can't help but ask you if you've ever considered doing a photo book? I have an inkling that others would love to share the Nepal experience with you. Kind of like placing your blog into a book - to include the words that expand the experience of each photo. (And if you've already done one please let me know LOL).

    Anyway, here's a little food for thought on this idea. Perhaps it will expand what is destined to be a journey of a lifetime for you (and your admirers too!) xo http://www.blurb.com/make/flip/

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