Quote of the Day

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One of my best friends, Elizabeth, and I exploring Paynes Prairie in Gainesville, FL.

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”

-Paulo Coelho

Mémoires

“Dear Diary,

I’m Isabelle. I don’t know where I am from, not even exactly my age. I’m just a girl learning how to live differently every day. I am a traveller. I like visiting places and collecting mémoires. I’m inspired by everything around me. I love nature. The millions of particles of life. We are nature, we only need to understand how to get so close to it. Inside it. It’s only me and my camera, catching little pieces of life combined together. When I shoot, I get inside a new world through the lens. I feel I am different. I like being alone. I like feeling happy. I like feeling sad. I don’t want to be influenced, I need to follow my path and discover what’s hidden in me. I love books. I love that feeling you have when you open those old pages at random, being touched by history. Smelling memories, getting lost inside stories. Searching for the most particular detail in the middle of a big archive. Being carried away by the sound of those papers. Constantly discovering. I am used to dream. I dream of magic places, of standing on watching landscapes, forest and embracing the sun.

Don’t stop yourself. Go over your limits. Make your research richer every moment. Don’t follow any rule, don’t use any map, get lost and breathe every new corner, as it would be the most interesting one. Follow your passions. Walk everywhere. See everything. Feel yourself. My name is Isabelle and I feel very lucky to be the person I am. I collected so many mémoires in my life and thanks to them now I’ve learnt many lessons of life. I won’t never stop doing this. Never. I found my mission and it’s important for me to keep this going on.

Now I’m going to close my diary, with tons of feelings. I’m not quite sure it is the best thing to do, I still feel that something is missed, maybe someone, someone able to share what’s inside my soul. But I will just follow the natural flow of life. Forever.”

This short French film embodies all that I’ve been meaning to communicate since…well, since a long, long time. Chances are, I am not alone in relating to the poetic narrative, so I figured it would be a nice thought to share with whomever comes across it. Perhaps one day I too will find a highway for my own thoughts and share them with a willing listener.

In the meantime, my name is Carla and I feel very lucky to be the person I am.

Top 100 Photos of 2012

Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
Image by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Thanks to TwistedSifter.com, I stumbled across these fabulous images taken in 2012 of places all across the globe, and even from outside of it.

The visual imagery (real or composed) of each photograph is so stunning, it’s hard to believe that there are many more pictures of equal caliber existing that did not make it to the list.

Photographers are such an inspiration to what can be perceived with the human eye, the lens of a camera, and a singular moment in time. I can only image what greatness technology will bring us in 2013.

FULL ARTICLE HERE:

The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

Oh, The Places I’ll Go

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”

-Susan Sontag

The wonders of the world are limitless and one can hardly be expected to conquer them all in one lifetime, but I’m up for the challenge. Here’s a bucket-list of places off of the top of my head that I’ve always yearned to revisit or explore. It’s an on-going collection of cities and sights, most of which are travels inspired by some of my favorite movies.

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  • Thailand- Rich in tradition, food, and lighting ceremonies. This particular photo is of the celebrated Yi Peng Lantern Festival which symbolizes good luck and worries floating away. It’s also a real-life version of one of my top three Disney movies, Tangled, so that’s another motivating factor.
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  • Paris, France- I was first introduced to the City of Lights during a study abroad with the University of Florida in Spring 2009 and (so far) it’s my second favorite city in the world.
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  • The Great Wall of China- Who wouldn’t want to visit a massive man-made structure that can also be seen from space? Maybe I’ve watched Mulan too many times.
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  • The Berlin Wall, Germany- The ruins that mark a fascinating and horrific period in world history.
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  • India- No specific destination needed- this beautiful jungle country has an atmosphere than I can only describe as transcendental. Vibrant people, culture, nature…what’s not to love? Brief scenes from a childhood movie I adore, A Little Princess, and music from the great Ravi Shankar inspire this quest.
From Memoirs of a Geisha
From Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Japan- And so it seems that I tend to lean towards the Asian countries…I blame Japan’s magnetism on the elegant wisdom of the people, the peaceful bonsai and cherry blossom trees, and the society that is both extremely advanced, as well as rooted in custom.
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  • New Zealand- Um, hello, Middle Earth and The Shire! I apologize, sometimes my inner geek gets a little too excited about the possibility of seeing the actual movie set. My real dream, however, is to bust out the ol’ camping gear and boots for a hiking expedition here one day. I wouldn’t complain about a hobbit sighting, though.

And last (for now) but definitely not least…

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  • The Great Barrier Reef, Australia- Home of the world’s deadliest jellyfish, tons of Great Whites, amazing surf, and some of the most colorful creatures you will ever see. Just watch Finding Nemo (clearly a documentary on the reef itself) and you will become a believer. Few things are as close to my heart as the ocean. It’s awesome. Space is cool and all, but really, there’s an entire world ON OUR PLANET that’s just waiting to tickle the fancies of scientists. Diving trip, anyone?

To be continued…