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International Me!

I have stood in the sun of faraway Pharaohs,
And dined upon their fish, walked into their graves.

 I have watched the bloodiest of deathly battles,
And seen the Gladiator fall upon his love.

 I have stood on the summit where wisdom beats water,
And saw my childhood dreams play out in the stars.

I often become lost in my own roads – of old and future,
And hobbled on cobbles back to this mind.

 I have ascended as high as middle aged man,
And looked out across my assumed dominion.

 I have slept on sand, partied by pools, and read a lot,
And have wished to simply travel – my runner up dream.

 I have tottered up some Champs, shopping bags in tow,
Yet the tower of E remains unclimbed for now.

 I have visited the homes of today’s worshipped Gods,
And seen the secrets inside a Mouse’s house.

I have gambled through the dark day inside a lit up tomb,
Only to have stripped in the blazing light of night.

 I have been there for you always in an Empire State of mind,
And seen the beauty of concrete, the horrors of mankind.

 I have many more to go, on my dream wish list,
Are there any you can think of, any that I have missed?

© Persephone M 18th November 2011

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Nature’s Serpent

Nature's Serpent by PersephoneM
Nature’s Serpent, a photo by PersephoneM on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
After all the imagery of serpents and snakes around everything Mayan in Mexico, by complete randomness I snapped this branch which I can see a snake’s open jaws in.

~ Persephone M

All the small pieces

All the small pieces by PersephoneM
All the small pieces, a photo by PersephoneM on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
One of the columns from the thousand column complex. I like the detail of how the columns stay together.

This was taken at the Chichen Itza complex in Maxico and could be thought of as one of the simplest structures amongst all of the pyramids and observatories that are designed to follow planets and stars in the night sky, but this image, to me, shows the simplicity and detail that they needed to do.

Many tiny bricks make a house.

~ Persephone M

Serpents – Photo

Serpents by PersephoneM
Serpents, a photo by PersephoneM on Flickr.

From the Platform of Eagles and Jaguars in Chichen Itza. I loved all the serpent heads in Mexico, but especially these. I took photos from all angles, but picked this one over the ones with the pyramid in the background.

Enjoy,

~ Persephone M

Reflections – Photo

Reflections by PersephoneM
Reflections, a photo by PersephoneM on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
A cenote near Coba in the Yucatan area of Mexico. The stone and greenery is reflecting perfectly off of the still fresh water beneath.

I love reflections!

~ Persephone M

Planning Ahead

Okay, it’s been about two weeks since I returned from this year’s big holiday and I’ve already started thinking about next year.

To be truthful, I started thinking about it whilst on holiday! I’m not knocking Mexico — I loved it — but I plan and organise. I’m the girl who had invites out to her wedding far more in advance than other people who were getting married before me. There’s no even pretending to hide from the tag of Control Freak. If it were up to me I would already be planning and organising my 30th next year, but apparently my husband has that in hand.

So, I got home and within a few days started going through all the holiday brochures that I have. My list of places I want to see are all relatively simple. Although I’ve been to Egypt, I travelled the Nile and didn’t see Cairo. When my mum visited Egypt she told me of a trip you can do where you take a camel ride out and then sit and star-gaze in the middle of relatively nowhere. Okay, second thing I want to do in Egypt. I’d also love to visit Petra, and not just because it’s been used in the movies, which you can do from some locations in Egypt.

I’m desperate to see a whole host of Greek places, along with one or two in Turkey, and all my many visits to Malta were when I was younger and didn’t have a love of history so I want to go there for both it’s own history and mine. I also like the idea of visiting other European capitals, especially Germany because my husband always ends up the translator due to his knowing Spanish. Rock on a German speaking country where he has to rely on me! Ha! Don’t go feeling sorry for him — he deserves it. This is the guy who kept speaking to shop assistants in Mexico in Spanish, wandering off and then laughing as the people in the shop continued speaking to me in Spanish! I know nothing!

Oh, and I want to go to Florida for Disney despite having done California’s only about two years ago.

With that list complete, I need to start planning what I’m going to do and when. Especially if I do all the Greek places individually because that could take quite a few years. Unless I do the majority of mainland Greece as one trip. It’s expensive and comes with some randomly assigned stigma, but there is a coach trip that covers pretty much every site I want to see on the mainland. So I was seriously considering this, but now there’s all the Greece and Euro thing and I’m worrying about how it would affect it.

After two years of pretty much only doing all inclusive holidays and not needing to worry about money whilst on holiday, the huge coach trip is not all inclusive and there are trips to pay for too. If Greece loses the Euro, how will that affect it?

Worse, if Greece’s financial stability continues to decrease will they turn around and start closing some of their ancient sites? Is there even the chance of that? I mean, on the one hand they are a source of income for the country, but then how busy are they? Or could they just up the price? Allow them to fall into disrepair? Is it worth waiting for the country to become stable? Is it better to get in there quick as the future could be worse? Could a fall in tourism hurt the country more?

Don’t get me wrong, there are far worse ramifications for everyone, but it still poses the questions and, anyway, I’m still bitter about the last recession.

Oh, how am I supposed to plan ahead?

~ PersephoneM

Mexico Moon

Mexico Moon by PersephoneM
Mexico Moon, a photo by PersephoneM on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Taken from the beach of Playa Car – the full Mexican moon illuminating the clouds beneath/next to it.

On a day that’s been so cloudy and grey, dull and gloomy, here’s one of my favourite images from Mexico. I didn’t have a tripod so had to keep the flash on, the moon doesn’t look as good as it should, but I do like the clouds.