For quite some time I did not understand why I have always been fascinated with travel. Was it a childhood dream, a chance to see all of the places I read about in the books growing up, a sense of accomplishment of “discovering” new (well, for me!) lands and countries, an opportunity to speak different languages, a feeling of pure pleasure of exploring favorite, familiar and unfamiliar cities, experiencing diverse cultures or learning something new about the world? Or, may be, it has always been a combination of all of the above and then some more. After all, we do understand ourselves, others and the world a little bit more through experiences.
Looking through many photographs I took while traveling the world, I started to notice a common thread. I guess, it did not come as a surprise to me, the girl who wanted to work for the United Nations some day. Or, may be, it is natural for someone growing up between opposite worlds of different countries, cultures and languages. There it was, a recurring theme, again and again. Despite all our cultural differences, regardless of our race, nationality, sexuality, color and gender, there seemed to be even more similarities. I started to notice how similar we are and how many things UNITE us. I started to notice how many things make us similar, different and unique at the same time.
While I cannot pinpoint the exact moment this very important (for me and hopefully you also) Pinterest project “Everything around the world” started, but I do encourage you to read a little bit more about it in my post Beauty of Choice. Now when I travel, I photograph many different things I come across: nature, famous sights, Art, flowers, food, something interesting and even recycling (which for me is more about showing respect (!) to our planet).
May be, by switching our focus, we will finally notice how many things UNITE us. Sometimes we can even learn from other places, especially if they are better at something, like Art, recycling and different programs.
Follow my “Everything around the world” board series on Pinterest for a little bit of travel inspiration and everything around the world. I will appreciate your ideas, comments, suggestions and photo contributions. Positive feedback is always appreciated and welcome! So let’s start a conversation!
What do you notice when you travel? What do you think of this project “Everything around the world”?
P.S. While I do appreciate your photo contributions, please, photos/videos of/from other people with their permission only (!). Respect starts with you!
Peace. LOVE. Bliss.
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