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#7SuperShots

While scrolling through my Google Reader, I came across HostelBooker’s 7 Super Shots. Seeing as I am putting off accounting and marketing assignments, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and share some photographs.

A photo that… takes my breath away

One early morning in December, I was at the Ottawa airport for a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. I remember so clearly how cold it was. The kind of cold that, quite literally, takes your breath away…

A photo that… makes me laugh or smile

While this photo won’t win any photography awards any time soon, it reminds me of such a happy afternoon that I can’t help but grinning like mad whenever I see it. Patrick and I were backpacking around Central Europe for three and a half weeks and our mid-trip “vacation” was a few days in the idyllic Czech town Český Krumlov. I was dying to go horseback riding in the hills but Patrick had never been on a horse (he even admitted he was a tiny bit afraid of them!). Finally, he agreed to try it. I was ecstatic – and after the ride, so was he! It was such a beautiful day and after the ride we started the hike back down into town. Overcome with happiness, we couldn’t help but marvel at the incredible lush countryside and enjoy our relative isolation.

A photo that… makes me dream

Sigh. Maui. While I’m not big on “tropical vacations” and I hope to never set foot in an all-inclusive resort, Maui will always have my heart. After our wedding, Patrick and I flew to Maui and enjoyed a week-long honeymoon in South Maui. We rented a small studio apartment in Kihei and this was the view from our lanai. It was absolutely magical waking up to this sunrise, seeing the surfers over in Kihei Cove and starting the day with my new husband. This photo makes me dream of a time when we get to go again.

A photo that… makes me think

While in Berlin, I spent a few hours taking in the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas). This monument covers over 4 acres of land just south of the Brandenburg Gate. While I watched other travellers sitting on the blocks or laughing as they chased each other through the rows, I was overcome with emotion and sadness for all the tragic loss of life at the hands of Hitler and the Nazi party. Although controversial and not necessarily admired by the German Jewish community, I still felt moved by this unique monument.

A photo that… makes my mouth water

Be still, my beating (food-loving) heart. This delightful piece of focaccia bread, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and pesto was a piece of heaven. After spending the afternoon exploring the trails of Cinque Terre and the town of Vernazza, I stopped into a tiny little bakery for a bite to eat. For 1,50 euros I was treated to this fresh, homemade goodie. I honestly wish I could eat this all day, every day (diet be damned!).

A photo that… tells a story

To me, this photo tells the story of Northern Ireland and all of the struggles this country has seen throughout its history. As a child, I learned about the Troubles and the clashes between Protestant and Catholic citizens but could never truly imagine it. While travelling through Ireland, I was thrilled to take a Black Cab tour through Belfast. Led by a local man who had grown up in Belfast, this tour showed me first-hand the living history of the city. This photo speaks to the division and pain that the communities felt, struggling for peace in a place where that seemed almost impossible.

A photo that… I am most proud of  (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)

This is so tough. Why must I have to pick one… not that I believe I have more than one worthy of National Geographic shots. On the contrary, I’m quite sure I don’t have any! Under pain of having to just pick one, I decided on this photo of basalt columns at Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. I love the geometric shapes and colours.
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