The Travel Ahh…Sometimes the Everyday is Extraordinary

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Clichés are, by nature, tired and worn out. But the ordinary to some people may be the extraordinary to others. We have lasting images of clothing, food, drinks, professions, activities and buildings that are associated with certain countries. Some people would call these clichés. But seeing these images can be quite exciting. Recently, a friend from Australia was visiting us in Colorado and spotted deer in our back yard. We think nothing of it, and if anything, get annoyed since they eat our juniper trees. However, to our friend, it was amazing, and he couldn’t believe they were so close. Plus, this was a brand new animal for him to see.

In Greece, I wanted to see whitewashed windmills against a brilliant blue sky or sea (photo above). Speaking of windmills, how can you visit Holland and not want to see them along with tulip fields?  So again, the common, mundane and everyday can be extraordinary to a visitor. Finally, no one can say that Flamenco dancing, Legong dancing and Cliff diving are mundane!

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Naxos, Greece: Thinking of how pretty the contrast of the white is on the barren brown landscape.

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Kinderdijk, the Netherlands: Getting to see a lineup of windmills.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

The Netherlands: Being excited to see tulip fields in full bloom.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia. Admiring the beauty of the rice fields and dedication of the workers.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia. Strolling by Buddha and Hindu deities statues.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bali, Indonesia: Being transfixed by beautiful Legong dancers.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Sevilla, Spain: Soaking in the culture of Flamenco dancing.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1984

Acapulco, Mexico. Holding your breath while cliff divers launch in the air.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1985

London, England. Spying punk rockers in the 1980s.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1987

London, England. Riding inside a “black cab” while spotting a double decker bus.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1993

Haight Ashbury, San Francisco: Making a peace sign with a groovy Volkswagen micro minibus

© Edward Schuck

© Edward Schuck 2006

Kiev, Ukraine: Spotting an onion-spired cathedral (St. Andrew’s Church).

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1985

Paris, France. Seeing an artist paint Notre Dame.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia: Watching hot lifeguards (surf lifesavers) on the beach.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Cleland Wildlife Park, Australia: Petting a kangaroo.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

East Berlin, East Germany: Drinking beer and saying “prost!”

© Stephanie Glaser

© Edward Schuck 1993

Arizona, USA: Chasing a tumbleweed.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser

Colorado, USA: Watching deer in your neighbor’s yard.

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6 thoughts on “The Travel Ahh…Sometimes the Everyday is Extraordinary

    • Thanks, Nia! The good thing is that it’s hard to take a bad photo of tulips and windmills — they are both great subjects. I’m psyched for you that you will be going to Amsterdam. It’s a wonderful city. I lived in Leiden (30 minutes away) for six months and loved going into Amsterdam. Leiden was great, too.

      Thanks so much for the comment! Cheers, Steph

    • Yes! It’s like deer and squirrels for us. I have good friends from Adelaide visiting and they’ve been taking heaps of photos of the deer in people’s front yards as well as the squirrels scurrying up trees! Funny to us Yanks, of course! 🙂

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