A Long Awaited Escape

I still love the aerial shoots. There was a flood of fog pouring through the mountains, it reminded me of a background from a Rococo era painting.

I know I shouldn’t complain.  I did get to spend three months living the dream exploring Asia, but it has been two years since I last got out of Wisconsin (Chicago excluded, they are too close to count as travel).  This year everything worked out perfectly for me to get out to Arizona to visit my Grandfather in Sedona, and my brother in Phoenix.  I just arrived in Phoenix and I already feel a great pressure lifting off my shoulders.  I was not meant to be a stationary person, I’m hyped and ready to explore.  Not to mention this Texas baby feels perfectly at home in the desert.

First stop in any new town…a Coffee House!

I’m writing this from a coffeehouse with a garage door entrance.  I think that is a super trendy fun way to make a building (also incredibly popular in Thailand).  In Milwaukee we only have those at a very small number of bars, and they aren’t actually open that often…stupid cold.

A sense of how Phoenix is more trendy compared to Milwaukee’s bohemian feel.

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Lazy Spring Days in Killiney

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This was from a wonderful lazy day spent exploring Killiney, Ireland.  It was windy and a bit overcast, but still wonderful strolling weather.  Only a short train ride from Dublin, I recommend it for anyone visiting Dublin who wants to see some of the countryside.  They have nice little shops for picking up wool and other local goods, as well as a castle you can tour!  It wasn’t so filled with tourists that it was cheesy either, which made taking a walk through town even more enjoyable.

Trail of Magic

Magic Trail

I love paths look like they could lead to a magicalplace.  I think it’s my refusal to accept that magic isn’t possible, or maybe just my overactive imagination.  This particular magical trail was in Kilkenny, Ireland.  The door at the end almost blew my mind with the possibilities of other realms it could lead too.  Ireland is suppose to be a magical little island after all isn’t it?

Enter the Dragon

The dragon snuck up on my this year.  I knew the new year was coming but then it came and before I knew it we were in the dragon’s belly.

The above picture is from the temple in Sri Racha, ChonBuri, Thailand, the same temple that the Sea Turtles are from.  We went there while the classes were on leave for Chinese New Years.  Many of my fathers students went back to China to spend the holiday with their families.  It was a bit lonely for me because of that, but when they came back they brought presents, like chocolate!

In BangSaen it was pretty quite, but they did hang the iconic red lanterns down the main straight outside the campus.   I hope this year is just as nice of a New Year for everyone!  Welcome year of the Dragon!

Two Years Past

 

It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on two years since I left for Thailand.  It was such an adventure, though truly challenging at times.  I know I failed a good number of those challenges, but I also had some great experiences along the way.  It two years sometimes it can feel like so much has change, and barely nothing has changed.  When my father talks about going up to the temple I still remember the area so vividly, but I know if I were to visit again it would be very different.  For starters Jayron, the monkey pictured above, who had been rescued by the monkeys had been one of the most exciting parts of visiting the Temple.  How often in life to you get to be up close and personal with a wild monkey?  Last year they released her though, she was strong enough to be in free in the wild.  Which makes me wonder what would be my favorite part of a visit if I went there again?  It presents a whole new adventure, which hopefully I can have some day.

Mt Hakone

While visiting Tokyo we had to take a side trip to Mt Hakone.  The last bit of the journey up the mountain you take in an aerial gondola and get to look straight down onto the mines.  I never imaged that sulfur mines would look so cool.   It’s truly an amazing site.  I think it may have even been a more amazing view than the view from the top, Mt Fuji.

Okay, I guess that was a pretty amazing site too!

It’s A New Year!

It’s a new year, and time for new adventures!  In 2011 I barely even left the state (I think I went down to Ohare airport once).  This year I’m aiming to at least make it to Austin at some point.  Hopefully in 2012 a Wings Eye View can show some of America.  Until then I will celebrate with some burning incense from the temple of SriChang.  These were burning in front of the line of Buddha’s shown in A Buddha A Day.