Monday, November 28, 2016

Portraits from Latin America

Memories are, oddly enough, like a fruit salad. Though the fruits commingle, each remains an individual part of the salad. Take a single item out and it's no longer a salad but a piece of fruit. This occurs with travel memories as well, and although the names and places tend to blend together over time, the images remain distinct. Just as with your own family portraits, images jolt memory, memory jolts emotions and emotions jolt a reaction. Each picture really does contain a thousand words and probably a hundred emotions punctuated by a powerful memory. Sadly, for the vast majority of us, we usually don't realize how special most moments are until they become memories.
   When my father was a 7 year old boy, back in 1939, his aunt while on her death bed said, "Life is like looking out a window, you open it to enjoy the world and before you realize, it closes on you." The opportunity to explore, participate, and live is limited, just like a window shutting without your permission. Though, ultimately, there are very few things in life we have the ability to control, thankfully, happiness is one of them. Regardless of circumstance, we each have an inner spirit filled with wants, hopes, and ideals and as best as we can suggest, nourish these parts and happiness follows. The following expression best illustrates what I am trying to say, "If you can't change the direction of the wind, change the direction of your sails."
   Below are images from our drive through Latin American - Mexico to Argentina. We tried to highlight the people primarily, along with a few places and things that make Latin America so special, energetic and authentic. Though each picture has it's own story, we purposely left the descriptions out, so that you could interpret these portraits through your own lens.


  1. Interesting, thank you Michael, i am thinking to move to latin America and this posts makes my day. inm currently living in Vietnam which we also have a a lot to share and write based on same topic. you may check my vietnam tours

    Thank you

  2. You are having Myanmar hiking tours, you should stop by the Golden Rock in Mon State. The Golden Rock is one of the important historical monuments of Myanmar. The temple whose name is Kyaikhtiyo is located at the top of Kyaikhtiyo mountain. And the temple is located on a tottering rock, which was gilded with the gold leaves. According to the people in here, the rock is protected by Buddha, because it is storing a hair of Buddha, therefore It can not be rolled down the hill although the touch point of the rock with the mountain is only 70 cm in a square.