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Seeing the riots in Minneapolis on the news, makes me sad. I have been to Minneapolis more than a dozen times, have great memories of being there, and have friends there. People in Minneapolis are friendly, helpful, and definitely not the people I see on the news today, throwing bricks at police stations, and looting shops. I understand people are angry, but why start destroying public properties? Our friends tell us, they have seen many more cars with WI-license plates in the neighbourhood… they live close to the epicentre of the riots.
After getting to the Kruger Park and immediately were confronted with a large group of elephants, just by the side of the road, in a dried river bed. We knew then, that we would see lots and lots of animals, during our time in the park. Spectacular!
Of course we wanted to see the big five, but we had to wait and see if we were that lucky. But what we never expected, was that we would get so close to these wild animals.
Never expected this, and South Africa was for sure not on top of my list for a holiday, but it has been spectacular! The birthday of a friend brought us to Kruger Park, and we truly enjoyed it.
When driving into the park, and you are almost immediately confronted with about fifteen elephants… What else would we then see, in the week ahead? Well, it turned out we saw many, many more animals, and had such a great time with friends we had not seen in a while - totally worth the trip!
A cloudy day, with rain, in the otherwise dessert-like Osooyos, British Columbia, Canada.
Reading about the many wild fires currently raging through California, makes me think back to the time we visited BC, Canada (twice). The first time we were confronted with the wild fires, and had to change our travel planes because of fires burning down the town of Barriere, and the second time, because we were confronted with the many burnt trees during a number of our hikes… terrible to see… On the other hand, we also saw that underneath the dead trees, new live emerged, so from something bad, something good can come…
A number of years ago, a wonderful weekend on Capri, Italy… Walking around the island, ending up at the harbour. The weather was warm and sunny, we ate at wonderful restaurants, great food, and wines… Amazed at the size of the many yachts in the harbour and around the island… And then what looked like a mafia wedding, with a large number of men, dressed in black, with sunglasses and earpieces… What a wonderful but also strand weekend it was…
Back in 2012 we traveled down-under. Sydney is such a great city, we felt right at home there… Friendly people, good restaurants, and an evening at the local comedy club I will never forget - so much fun. We spent some time in the city and afterwards drove towards the Blue Mountains, for some great hikes, and then along the coast up North, and back through other parts of New South Wales.
It is always great to be back at Texel, especially off-season, when there are no tourists.
While hiking on the beach on Texel a couple of months ago. Beautiful dramatic skies, with the sun poking through…
(1/1000s, f/13, 20mm, ISO: 200)