'We need the tonic of the wilderness.... at the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unsurveyed ... we can never have enough of nature.' Thoreau. #adventure#winter#wild#life#revitalizeretreats#hiking
Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage city in the Philippines, on the west coast of Luzon island. It's known for its well-preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture. Established in the 16th century, it’s architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. Calle Crisologo dominates the Mestizo district, with its cobblestone streets, malecón, horse-drawn carriages and rustic mansions. Near the white baroque Vigan Cathedral are Plaza Salcedo, offering fountain light shows, and Plaza Burgos, known for its street-food stalls. Plan your holiday to Philippines! Call our consultants at +65 6235 2900! #vigan#philippines#asia#UNESCO#architecture#spanish#16thcentury#brilliance#photography#visualtreat#beauty#adventure#travel#holiday#vacation#wanderlust#borderless#fayyaztravels#instatravel
After over a month into this journey, I’m reflecting on the adversities I’ve overcome and the support received by so many - including #TheSupCrossing ’s title sponsor #CarrickWealth . Massive thanks for everything! 🌊
I was lucky enough to attend a bull jumping ceremony while in the Omo Valley. It is a rite of passage for any tribal young man. If he manages to run across the backs of a line of cattle, he is entitled to take a bride; but if he fails, he must return to his village and wait a year to try again. Both men and women attend the ceremony, which has the vibe of a jubilant celebration even though it's accompanied by something known as the "whipping ceremony" (more about that in a later post). The men here have long, long legs and are whip-thin. They are usually wearing English soccer shirts or are topless, covering their bottoms with short skirts tied tightly around their waists. Some have their faces painted or wear colorful beads and brass bracelets. In contrast, the bull jumper is naked. The elder men line up a handful of cattle, and then the young man runs and jumps up onto the back of the first cow, runs (more like stumbles!) across the tops of the cows, then jumps down the other side. This happens 4 or 5 times while everyone cheers the young man on. The cows hardly seem to care or even notice. Despite the white tourists in the background of this photo, it was not a spectacle put on just for us...it's a traditional ceremony that has played out for many years here in the Omo Valley.
Mountains peaking through the backdrop. When Columbia icefields are closed during the winter, but you have an amazing opportunity to take a photo in the middle of the highway. Winter's natural whiteout. 🙌🏻