Photo Challenge: Achievement

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It might not have been the New York City Marathon, but last year I completed my first 5k run. Even though I’m now a personal trainer, I still struggle with running. It’s more psychological than anything else. I have the attention span of a three year old, so getting me to stay on a treadmill or do any endurance training is a challenge. Although running 5k is not so difficult, training for the 5k was an achievement for me. I’m determined to keep going with my running, and I hope to one day be able to tell you all that I’ve completed my first 10k, half-marathon, who knows maybe even a marathon.

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Photo Challenge: Letters

Wales Millennium Centre

 

Letters are the subject of this week’s photo challenge. I’m always taking photos of signs, graffiti and directions that interest me when I’m travelling. However, I thought that for this challenge I would stay right here in Wales. The Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most iconic buildings in Cardiff. Built from all Welsh wood, slate, steel and glass, the centre was designed as part of the Cardiff Bay regeneration project. It took over 20 years for the idea for a Welsh home for the arts to be realised.

The English inscription reads ‘In these stones horizons sing’. Just as poetic, the Welsh inscription says ‘Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awen’, which translates into English as ‘Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration’. The letter themselves are actually windows into the building, making it a bright and sociable place that is loved by both visitors and residents. If you go into the 1st floor bar, you can sit in the letters and look out over Mermaid Quay.

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 like glass from the furnace of inspiration

Photo Challenge: On Top

Views from on top:

On top of the steps down to Church Doors…

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On top of the cliffs in Anglesey…

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On top of the ropes, and more than slightly nervous, at Go Ape…

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On top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa…

View from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

And finally, one of my favourite places in the world, on top of the Grand Canyon…

Free in the Grand Canyon

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

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What a great idea for this week’s photo challenge! Taking photos from directly above literally makes you look at the world from a different viewpoint.

I thought long and hard about how I could get my ‘from above’ shots, and came up with all sorts of plans to climb to the top of the tallest buildings in Cardiff, or balance on top of walls and furniture.

Then it came to me. I didn’t have to get any higher. All I had to do was look down. Yesterday, I went to the community garden and found the perfect opportunity to look at things from above.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination

This post is my contribution to this week’s photo challenge Illumination.

I grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire, home to the famous Illuminations. Every year, from August until November,  the full stretch of promenade (6 miles) from Gynn Square to Star Gate is lit up with the most incredible light display using over one million bulbs. So, when it comes to lights I’m pretty hard to impress. As pretty as the Christmas Lights are here in South Wales, they’re just never going to match up.

For me to be moved by illumination, I had to go somewhere bigger, brighter and even more cheesy than Blackpool. There was only one place on Earth that fit the bill – Las Vegas!

The famous Las Vegas sign
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The jaw-droppingly spectacular biggest TV in the world
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The whole town lights up at night. It really is incredible.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

This post is my contribution to this week’s photo challenge: Changing Seasons. Click here to see more entries.

For almost six years I worked seasons overseas. I’m fortunate enough to say that I have worked in Austria, Greece, America and Canada, and through my work I also got to visit other amazing countries such as Switzerland, Turkey, Germany and Italy. During my time abroad I got to add many jobs to my CV including holiday rep, resort manager, waitress, barmaid, housekeeper, ski guide and videographer. I met many other season workers whilst I was travelling. Some of them were working an ‘endless summer’, chasing the sun around the globe, and others chose the ‘endless winter’ route instead, working alternate ski seasons in the northern and southern hemispheres. Many people, like me, chose to go from one extreme to the other. I would spend six months of the year, from May to October, in a hot, sunny climate and then in November I would head off to a winter resort and live in the snow until April. The changing of the seasons was something that was very evident to me. Here are a few of my favourite photos from my ‘extreme seasons’.

From chilling out on the party boat in Rhodes
From chilling out on the party boat in Rhodes…
...to another meaning of 'chilled' in the Alps on the border between Austria and Germany
…to another meaning of ‘chilled’ in the Alps on the border between Austria and Germany
Working hard behind the bar in Greece...
Working hard behind the bar in Greece…

 

...and one of my 'colleagues' in Seefeld. Every week we would take our guests llama trekking from Austria over the border into Germany.
…and one of my ‘colleagues’ in Seefeld. Every week we would take our guests llama trekking from Austria over the border into Germany.