Algar Seco is a surreal, moonlike landscape of eroded rock masses. Gruta da Boneca is a passage through a rock, ending with a beautiful view over the ocean.
Accidentally coordinated my shirt to the castle 🙌🏽 Pretty much an insta model now 🤣 - In all honesty, had to wait forever to even get a pic on this staircase due to the hordes of people. As you can see, there are still quite a few people in the background. I could photoshop them out to make my photo more “insta-perfect” but that wouldn’t be representing reality. I think that travel photography on instagram has become more and more fake. You see all these amazingly beautiful pictures of places and think “wow, I gotta go there!” but when you get there the reality is often underwhelming, and it’s because of highly edited photos giving us unrealistic expectations. In addition, it is driving masses of people to these places so they can all get their own “insta-worthy” pic, which turns out to be pretty much the same as every other person who took a pic at that spot. And in the process places that were once enjoyable to travel have become overcrowded and overpriced tourist traps. Case in point, this castle was dang expensive to get into and I didn’t even get to see the inside because the line of people was hours long! Walking around the courtyard was nice, but hardly anyone was even pausing to take the place in and instead were jostling each other for the prime photo spots. - I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that I think we need to be careful of the impact that travel photos can have. I don’t think we should be misrepresenting places or going somewhere just to get a photo we think will get us lots of likes. And that is why you will never see me posting an unrealistic photo of a place. I do minimal editing because I want to show you what a place was actually like to visit. #liveauthentic #conscientioustraveler
At the end of November I will officially be done my masters program. This is so crazy to me because time is just flying by! It actually seems like just yesterday that I moved to Aus and was starting this journey.
Now that I’m almost done, probably once a day someone will ask me what my future plans are:
“Where are you going to live?”
“Where are you going to work?”
“When are you getting married?”
These are the three most common questions that seem to keep popping up.
I know, I know, everyone is super excited to know what I’m going to do once I’m done. They are curious to know if I’m going to move back to Canada, or if I’ll stay here in Aus, or maybe if I’ll end up somewhere else completely. Honestly though, I have NO idea. My current state is flux and if I had answers to any of these questions I would more than happily share them with everyone.
I do think however, that me not knowing what my plan will be is okay. I feel like I’m on the precipices of something amazing and that path just hasn’t revealed itself to me yet. Often we are so focused on what the future holds, worrying about where we will end up and what will happen that we let our present pass us by. Combined with constant external pressure from everyone else, well this can make you go a little crazy. I for one internally cringe every time someone asks me one of those questions.
I’m okay with the unknown and know that whatever path I’m on right now is the right one. If I figure out what I’m going to do tomorrow, four months from now, or early next year it really doesn’t make a difference, as long as it’s where I want to be and it makes ME happy. We are all on different paths, doing our own things, but we are on those paths for a reason. What is right for me, may not be right for you and only you can know this. So these days I try not to let this bother me because I know exciting things lay ahead and even if I don’t know what they are yet, I will soon. That’s the best part 💫
How do you feel when people ask you what your next life step is going to be?
Este Parque situa-se no extremo noroeste de Portugal, na zona entre Minho, Trás-os-Montes e a Galiza. O seu perímetro territorial abrange todo o vasto território florestal que se estende desde a Serra da Peneda até a Serra do Gerês - daí a sua designação, englobando ainda a Serra do Soajo e a Serra Amarela. Sendo recortado por dois rios, o Rio Lima e Cávado. Abrange os distritos de Braga (concelho de Terras de Bouro), Viana do Castelo (concelho de Melgaço, Arcos de Valdevez e Ponte da Barca) e Vila Real (concelho de Montalegre) numa área total de cerca de 70 290 hectares. A área protegida do Parque Natural Espanhol do Baixa Limia - Serra do Xurés e o Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês - Serra do Gerês, formam o Parque Transfronteiriço Gerês-Xurés desde 1997, sendo considerado pela UNESCO como Reserva Mundial da Biosfera.