Recently I’ve had some time away from travelling and blogging, and truth be told I’ve missed it terribly. Spending the past few weeks working to earn some pennies after coming back from Asia, and not having had much of a chance to look at photographs, let alone write posts! This has resulted in severe ‘post travel blues’. Now that my schedule is clearing up again look out of an onslaught of new posts about my adventures in Asia.
One thing I did notice is that I took a seemingly endless supply of photographs. As a result this gives itself to me starting a ‘Photo of the Week’ series. Every week a new snapshot of my travel will be uploaded on this site. Alongside the photo will be the back story of the shot- why took it, where and why? Ranging from the best foodie finds, to back street shots, local attractions and finally to happy snaps whilst on the road. I hope that by sharing these photos and the stories behind each shot it will help and inspire you to plan adventures yourselves.
Photo of the week: Week One. Taken somewhere in the backstreets of Ubud Bali.
The fella and I had spent the day on a private tour checking out the key sites of Ubud. On this particular day we were struggling with the humid heat, which was a shock to our systems! After a few hours exploring temples, viewing volcanos and sipping on tea we were exhausted. Relaxing by the pool with a cool cocktail was top priority at this point. However, on our way back to central Ubud we were driving along this back road, when our driver abruptly stopped the car. Puzzled by this unexpected stop we asked what was happening. He gleefully replied ‘You have to take a photo here!‘
Climbing out of our air-conditioned bliss,first of all we were struck with a wave of sweaty and sticky heat, and then of awe noticing the natural beauty of this place. Our driver was right. These were the most authentic shots captured of beautiful Bali! The lush green empty fields of rice paddies, matched against the endless cloudy blue sky. In the distance I could hear the patter of a motorcycle engine coming closer. Hence I found a quite spot on the side of the road and luckily managed to snap this shot quickly as they zoomed past!
I love that in the background you can see the local farmers (in red) tending to their fields. They are consequently ignorant and unconcerned about my presence. Whilst this lone driver is anonymous and mysterious to me. Who is this person? Where have they come from? Where are they going?
Since this shot was taken when I dream of Bali, I think about this image. Of being this lone driver, exploring the empty backstreets and watching this stunning scenery pass by. Next time I return to Bali I’ll absolutely be doing exactly this!