Favorite Place…

Another wonderful WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge to jump start the mental typewriter.

High Camp” with “Turkey Ridge” just below it. Both face the same sunrise.

I don’t play favorites to the seasons. I love them all. 3 degrees below zero F, raining like a cow pissin’ on a flat rock, crispy fall or dry as a popcorn fart.

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I’d rather be….

I’m a champion for the be here and now mindset.  Folks also tell me that I have an amazing amount of patience.

That said, I can find interest in almost any location but I often find myself wanting to return to past places or activities.

This WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  is a doozy.   I have challenged myself to choose only one.

Driving in the a rig that will never quit, looking for critters.

72 Scout II currently resting my parent’s back yard eagerly awaiting my return.

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Danish pheasants seem more relaxed (hygge) and A little less camera-shy.

Story

 

Connections this week between the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge and finding oneself in Odense, Denmark leads to a story-teller.

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World famous Hans Christian Andersen.

 

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The Ugly Duckling was written by H.C. Andersen

The Emperor’s New Clothes translated to Hindi

An impressive career as a writer mostly known for fairy tales.

Thanks for the prompt.

Wired

Coffee, Powerlines and other Stimuli:

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Up for a cup?  Always.  I’m ALWAYS up for a cup of joe.  I’ll have it in all forms.  Hot, cold, was hot, mocha, latte, just a shot, whatever it is… yes please, I’m a junkie.

Traveling and on a lean budget leads to a lot of instant coffee.  At times you only have a kettle and a 7-11.  I’ve dug old espresso makers out of the back of cupboards and brought them back to life.  I need my fix…

I have searched for a good instant blend and maybe I have just gotten used to them rather than think they are good.  “Acceptable” is common.

But when the price is right I find the local joe.

Bali and other places seem to put what I call weasel coffee (Luwak in Bali) on a high pedestal.  Like lobster of the seafood category,  This coffee is harvested after passing through a mongoose, roasted and priced accordingly.   dsc02068

Yes, you can taste the difference between male and female brew.  Enough of that crap.  Let’s talk about Vietnam.

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Vietnam offered, and I couldn’t turn down, cà phê sữa nong.  Slow pour over espresso with condensed milk.  Small but powerful.

Just yesterday I had a beautiful Coffee Coa in Denmark.  A shot of espresso and a piece of chocolate melted into it.  Hygge in a cup.   There is no photographic evidence of the actual cup but this one came close.  It’s a cappuccino in a red cafe with candles on every table.  Lovely and 25 Krone.

Ok enough coffee. What is up with the electricians in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand?  Is there a contest I’m missing?

There are lines laying on the ground and hanging low across sidewalks in Da Nang begging the question, “It that hot?”.  I didn’t stick around to find out.

Code? What Code?  I’m not an electrician but I do know this wouldn’t fly in my neighborhood.

 

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Other stimuli: Pull tab Beers.

 

Out of this World

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A chicken egg washed up on the beach of Cambodia.  Weathered yet still intact except for being hollow.  It was out-of-place and appears to be somewhat space like.  Reminds me of those earth pics from space at night showing the city lights.

I’m pretty excited about this challenge.  My family has been traveling around the world for 6 months.  I’m hoping these challenges get me back on the writing horse.

I seem stuck.  Maybe it’s the culture and climate change that came with being in SE Asia for 4 months then finding yourself in Denmark taking care of a farmhouse in the snow.

Thanks WordPress for the prompt.

WordPress weekly photo challenge

 

Rooftop

Looking up (and sometimes down).

Surfers Paradise, Australia tops:

Not many people seem to pay attention to what is above them.  I can be on a balcony and watch folks stroll by not knowing that I am up.

My family grew up bird watching.   If I catch a glimpse of a wing flap then I look for a nest or a perch.  Doing this and being in several storied buildings I’m able to catch a different perspective and learn a bit about rooftops around the world.

Look for the decoration and the occasional critter.  Pay attention to the materials, angles, lines, and construction.  I find it interesting.  I’ll note locations.

Bali tops:

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Lego Land & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tops:

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Singapore tops:

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Vietnam top:

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Thailand tops:

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