Recently I was nominated by my friends Traveling Canucks to participate in My 7 Super Shots.
Just like with my recent posts Best of Globotreks’ Travel 2011 and My Travel Adventures from A to Z, here I’ll showcase some of the best and favorite moments. But this time, it’ll be with pictures. Here are my 7 Super Shots according to their category.
1. A photo that… takes my breath away
I’ve had more than a few moments where I could say, “this takes my breath away!”
Originally I was going to choose reaching Machu Picchu as that moment, but recently I witnessed the sunrise at Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It is hard t describe the feeling when you get there at 5:00am, while the temples are still hidden in the darkness. Then, a hint of sunlight starts peeking from behind the temple and there you see it. The sun, the light, the colors in the sky, the impressiveness of the temple, and its reflection.
2. A photo that… makes me laugh or smile
One of my favorite spots, if not my favorite, is the small island of Caye Caulker. You can read more here about why I love Caye Caulker. Anyways, the island has this chilled, “go slow” attitude towards life that is reflected in everything they do and have. And here comes my favorite sign in the island.
What I find funny is that the main form of transportation in Caye Caulker are golf carts. Now, how fast can you go on a golf cart? Oh, and it’s true, there are two cemeteries and no hospital.
3. A photo that… makes me dream
For years I heard from other travelers how beautiful the beaches of Tulum, Mexico are. Well, they were right. I’ll let the picture do the talking here.
Every time I see this picture, among others I took while at Tulum, I dream about going back to those white-pinkish sands and crystal clear waters to relax and have a good time.
4. A photo that… makes me think
Recently while in Cairo, Egypt I decided to visit a not so common sight: Garbage City. Here is where the Coptic Christians live (surrounded by a Muslim environment) and where they make their living. The crude reality is that most, if not all, residents of Garbage City make their living collecting and recycling the garbage dumped in their city (all of Cairo’s garbage).
While most of the residents are happy and are really friendly with the not so common visitors, you can still see every now and then the sad facial expression that tells how some of them might feel about their living conditions.
While there, I always thought, “How can they live like this?”
5. A photo that… makes my mouth water
And I’m back in Caye Caulker… this time at a little fruits market by the beach. What makes my mouth water is not just the food, but the scenery in which it is set too. I can almost say I salivate just of thinking of going back to Caye Caulker. Yes, that’s how much I love that island!
6. A photo that… tells a story
This photo was taken at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City just a few days after its inauguration. I’ll let the photo tell the rest of the story.
7. A photo that… I’m most proud of (aka my National Geographic shot)
Uff… this one was really hard to choose. I wasn’t sure which one of my pictures could be a “National Geographic shot”, or which one I’m most proud of (though I’m proud of many shots that don’t necessarily speak National Geographic).
I love this sunset view with a Garita (sentry box) in the foreground. This is at San Felipe del Morro fortress in San Juan, Puerto Rico – one of my favorite places in the island, not only historically but also architecturally. This is Spanish military architecture at its best!
And now… I nominate a few fellow bloggers to share their 7 Super Shots.
Aaron of Aaron’s Worldwide Adventure
Jaime of Breakaway Backpacker
Lisa of Chicky Bus
Ian of Eager Existence
Mica of KayPacha Travels
You can follow along on twitter and see other bloggers super shots by checking out the #7SuperShots hashtag.