“Find joy in everything you choose to do” – Chuck Palahniuk
Giant cardamom buns, Cafe Saturnus, Stockholm, Sweden
It’s that time of year when here in the north of Europe the days are getting shorter, the sky is getting darker and the air is getting colder, damper and a little more bitter. I don’t want to go outside, yet I feel restless and caged indoors. My workload is getting heavier, but I’m resisting sitting down and getting on with the job in hand. I’m feeling stifled, yet unproductive and lethargic.
So this week’s photo challenge “Treat” could not have been more timely.
My photos are a gallery of the many, many treats I’ve had in my life: treats for all the senses: places I’ve been, things I’ve seen and done (and eaten) along the way. A much-needed reminder of how lucky I am, and a kick up the bum to be grateful, just when I needed one.
I have had way too many treats to count. Here are a few of the most memorable:
Swimming on beautiful tropical beaches in Malaysia
Visiting serene Thai temples
Waking up to stunning sunrises over the beach in Thailand
Watching Dervishes dance in Istanbul
Hiking round stunning lakes in the Alps
Sampling wine and cheese in Burgundy
Testing chocolates in Switzerland
Savouring the smell of delicious fresh bread in Uzbekistan
Buying trinkets in Moscow
Watching mother nature turn the world to ice
Getting up close and personal with beautiful nature in Uganda
Watching a lioness quench her thirst
Eating the world’s biggest cardamom buns in Sweden
Riding Icelandic horses through the lava fields
Sipping prosecco at sundown in Sardinia
Cold Christmas park run with my sister
Teaching little girls to dance (Of course I didn’t take this one – photo credit to an enthusiastic backstage Mum!)
Hiking with the indigenous tribes in northern Viet Nam