These two photos are taken in May, 2017, right before I started more than a year of travel. The forest photo below was taken at a nature reserve a stone’s throw from where I grew up. (Another photo of the same nature reserve is here.)
Three photos of three different waters from three different years and 2–3 different countries.
The first one above is of the Baltic Sea taking in 2003. I was on a sailing vacation with a friend’s family who owned the ship. I think we were mostly in Swedish waters, depending on how far out Swedish waters go, but we visited Bornholm on the trip too, which is part of Denmark. So those waters could belong to Denmark.
Second photo was taking in Boston, USA, in 2017. I was out canoeing with a friend. I had a great time and thought a factory looked pretty for once.
Third photo is from a middle-of-the-week vacation I took in 2015 a little ways outside Stockholm. I wanted to be a bit pampered and to take in some nature. And some nature I found! Really great. Back in April, I shared a photo of a tree from the same vacation.
In 2017, I was trying to fly to Costa Rica. San Jose Airport was having troubles and when the plane was about one hour from there, the airport was shut down due to problems.
Our plane didn’t have that much fuel and couldn’t wait to see if the airport would open before our fuel ran out, so our pilot said we had one option.
Go to Panama City in Panama, refuel and fly back. Except it didn’t quite happen like that.
We landed in Panama a little before midnight. By then the flight attendants needed to go off duty in 30 minutes and there was still no information about when San Jose Airport would open.
So off the plane we go. And we, and a couple of stranded planes go through immigration extremely slowly. Then we wait for hours by the check in counters for our airline to fix hotel rooms and transport.
Around 2-2:30 am, I manage to get off the first bus to our hotel and then wait another half hour or so for my hotel room. By 3 am I’m in the room.
Our transport back to the airport is at 8 am in the morning. So I get about 4 hours of sleep. Eat breakfast and then back to the airport.
About 40 minutes before the plane is supposed to take off, the airport decides to extra screen us at the gate. Aka opening everyone’s carry-ons and searching them by hand.
Do you think that took less than 40 minutes? It didn’t.
We were delayed by about an hour before we could finally fly to San Jose and land there about 15-16 hours after schedule.
Fun times… not.
This photo is quintessential Sweden. Sweden have many, many lakes, and forest is also very plentiful. This is from a nature preserve close to my childhood home.
A beautiful place where I can always find calm.
This was taken on a walk in May, 2017.