People Watching in Croatia

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Our group was out exploring.

Taking someone’s photograph overseas requires courage and perseverance through the language barrier. Sometimes I can manage it, but other times I take the cowardly route and just snap a shot of the life around me. These were taken in various cities in and around the Istrian Peninsula of western Croatia.

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It’s a beautiful land, green hills, blue water, fresh air and unpronounceable words.

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In case you need to find the Ispovijed, it’s near the WC.

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This dress lets you know where to look.

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Breaking Bad is cool everywhere.

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3 out of 4 women on cell phones.

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The Franciscans enjoying a moment of mirth.

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She tried to sell us that tablecloth for 10 euro.

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The faithful lighting candles.

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We got in two minutes before closing. Quiet, empty churches are just as interesting as the ones filled with worshipers.

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People love a pope.

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Buddha ~ Luang Prabang’s Ornate Temples

There are over 30 temples in the quaint UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang, Laos. Many are small courtyards, some are hidden from plain sight beyond trees or houses, others on distant hillsides, but most are within the city center. I took a walk on a dreary, rainy day and snapped some photos of the many seated Buddhas.

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I know lots of people find themselves on “temple overload” whereby they feel that: “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” As you can see, beyond the golden tint, and enlightened eyes, they don’t really look all that similar. Perhaps I just enjoy the search and the joy of finding a place with good energy. The only problem with Luang Prabang’s temples is that almost all of them cost money. I spent about 100,000kip (>12$US) going to all these temples.

Sunset peak is found on the local hill giving expansive vistas of the countryside.

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Vang Vieng ~ Blue Lagoon

Vang Vieng ~ Blue Lagoon

It’s a tiny little swimming hole the color of watered down Powerade. Water cold and refreshing, with a rope swing and multi-level tree jumps, washes away trail dust. The cave in the cliffs above is accessible only by a steep, slippery, sloped stairway. A gold Buddha lays on a golden dais inside, among the dew dropped boulders of this former hideout for Laotian rebels. Beer and chips for sale. A wonderful setting amid a resplendent jungle town.

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Vientiane ~ A Walkabout Town

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A quick fried chicken snack for about a dime.

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Severin and Tiare, a cool Swiss couple and I had a beer at the Belgian Beer Bar. It’s so refreshing to be around positive people with enthusiasm for life. After, I went for some Italian food and had a delicious lasagna at the pricey and authentic¬†Ai Capone.

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