The ocean scares, but fascinates me at the same time. Being in the open water terrifies me, believing that something might grab my foot and pull me under. But somehow I always end up doing it anyway. Cause the sea calms me down and gives me energy. It’s mesmerising to look at the horizon and see endless colours of different shades of blue.
OSAKA OFF THE BEATEN PATH LOCATION: Sumiyoshi Taisha
Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社), is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Sumiyoshi is the head of approximately 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan, displaying a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri. At the beginning of every year, over 2 million visitors stop at the shrine to pray for health and prosperity in the coming year.
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A long way from home | Somewhere off the 101 | 35mm
It’s impossible to fully describe the experience of sleeping in these ger camps in the middle-of-nowhere Mongolian Gobi Desert. ⛺️ But I’ll try.
Each night is greeted with a glowing golden sunset that sets the dusty desert ablaze, until all goes black.
Blacker than you’ve ever seen. Without any lights or buildings or roads or cars or people for hundreds and hundreds of miles, you see nothing but stars and hear nothing but the sounds of sleepy goats and camels in the distance.
And just as the stars start to make their appearance, the moon steals the show. 🌝 I’d never seen a “moonrise” until Mongolia — when that massive orange rock peaks out behind the horizon, so bright it could honestly be mistaken for the sun.
[Side note: Please, make it a goal to see a moonrise at least once in your life.]
As the moon settles into the sky, you let your eyes adjust to the billions and billions of shining stars overhead, covering the black sky with a thin sheet of white, wrinkled into an absolutely radiant Milky Way. ✨
It’s like finding a treasure hiding in plain sight — a treasure that so few people will ever make the journey to come see for themselves. But if you can push through the challenges and discomforts, I promise you’ll be rewarded. 🙌🏼