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Before leaving for the airport this time I made ID tags for the boys, who are now very capable of running away in a crowded place. I wanted something that would be attached to their clothes instead of hanging off, which might fall off or choke them. So I cut a piece of fabric with pinking shears and used a permanent marker to write our names, phone numbers and e-mails on it. Then I sewed it on the back of their t-shirts. We can always take it off after we come back, and save it for the next trip.

I had never been around so much fresh water in my life until I moved to the U.S. I understand it is not such a big deal, but I am still amazed at the fact. I also realise that I probably sound like a broken record, with such mundane observations over masses of water, but water has always been extremely important to me. I grew up thinking of directions not in terms of north and south, but of “towards the sea” or “away from it” (which, in my hometown translates roughly to south and north respectively).

I have been fortunate enough to have lived in cities by the sea ever since. Perhaps not always as close or prominent, but I have always been aware of the sea’s presence. And I ‘ve always been able to hear the seagulls. There is something very special to lying in bed and hearing the seagulls in the early morning…

Cleveland is, of course, not by the sea. A big minus, in my opinion, but I don’t have to live there. Last time we visited my in-laws, L. and I went to Geneva on the Lake. The place is a typical old-style American summer resort, with small houses for rent, and a broad-walk style street full of tourist shops, greasy food and ample parking space for the hundreds of bikers that descended on it throughout the day.

I hate to admit that my fascination with places like that runs out rather quickly, as they have no childhood connotations for me to keep me entertained after the first sweep of reconnaissance. The lake, or more specifically the water, did stir something inside me, though, and I would say in all certainty that the best part of the day was having a drink by the water, which looked (but did not smell) like the sea, knowing that Canada must be somewhere out there at the other side.

I wondered what would come out after I got over the irritation.

Thanks for the free wireless, New Haven Train Station!

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Cloisters, NYC

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Vermont

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Vermont

Ladakh

Ladakh

New Jersey

New Jersey

Kincaple, Scotland

Kincaple, Scotland

Outside Boston

Outside Boston

Outside Boston

Outside Boston

Σιθωνία

Σιθωνία

Athens, GA

Athens, GA

Mexico

Mexico

Athens, GA

Athens, GA

Ποσείδι

Ποσείδι

Αmherst, MA

Αmherst, MA

Amherst, MA

Amherst, MA

Amherst, MA

Amherst, MA

Florida

Florida

Amherst, MA

Amherst, MA

Looking through my photos since I bought my first digital camera, I notice patterns of images I like. One is definitely roads, paths, ways leading to the unknown. Most of these photos, I took before I went down the road before me, being touched and impressed by the sight, the feeling of excitement and anticipation of the new experiences ahead, if only I keep walking. In each and every case, I did, and I was rewarded with wonderful memories. Perhaps today I needed to be reminded of just that.

Last weekend we took a short trip to Florida. I was craving for the sea as much as for some warm weather, and we were lucky to get both.

Taking a walk along the shore

the sea gulls were quite arrogant and let me come so close!
we found sand dollars at the bottom of the sea
this one was alive, so after its photo shoot it went back to the water

we took a walk to a path along the beach

my favorite local tree (I don’t know its name)
it looks particularly dramatic against the sky

back to the beach

photos of roads make me long for more traveling

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