I visited the city of Beijing in China two weeks ago. My itinerary of almost 20 hours to and another 20 hours from this place where we find the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City (another post), took me from Barbados to London to Amsterdam to Beijing and back. Between connecting flights, I came across this beautifully unique cafe at the airport in Amsterdam – truly a novel way to dine and have ‘tea’.
Sometimes we have to sit it out between life, whether we like it or not. Here are two photos of my son who is a national athlete, representing Barbados in the sport of judo (and he is very very good – also another post). I took these pictures as he waited between matches during a recent international competition.
Last but not least, the photo below highlights the most important thought of all i.e. between family. This is a picture of my beloved aunt who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, taken as we shared in the celebration of her birthday earlier this year. We were between feeling sad for her and the pain she is in, and feeling happy that she is still with us.
So how did I do? Was I able to successfully illustrate ‘between’? Leave a comment and tell me 🙂
I just had to take this photo while on a visit to Barcelona, Spain in 2013. What a novel way of showcasing your earrings to visitors … by securing them attractively on top of an umbrella! Notice the thought that must have gone into the set up which includes a tripod and a stability mechanism aka towel or sheet or shirt – it was hard to tell.
But more importantly, when the authorities happen by (because you really should not be selling earrings here in the first place) isn’t it super easy to just quickly close up your brolly and run for the hills with all of your inventory safe in one place? Loved the creativity even though I didn’t take advantage of the special pricing and purchase any earrings this time around 🙂
My fun take on this week’s photo challenge re: perspectives on “on the top” (with an added smile).
It could be a person who helps you see things clearly, a place you go to collect your thoughts, or an object that reminds you of your achievements. You could also go for something more literal, like a reflection in water. Or something that demonstrates both interpretations of the word, as I’ve done in this shot. — Ben
The photos below were taken on the grounds of Codrington College, an Anglican theological college located in St. John, Barbados.
The main highlight is a beautiful lily covered pond complete with lots of fish, which you are allowed to feed. There are benches dotted strategically about the grounds where you can enjoy the ducks, the fish and a magnificent view out to the ocean.
The college has been a tourist attraction for many years but I only appreciated its natural beauty in April 2009 when my mum died. My young son, his dad and I needed to rest a bit after her funeral, and decided to take a drive out into the country. We randomly turned into the college off of the main road and ended up spending most of the day enjoying the stately grandeur of tall palm trees, flowering trees and still mirror-like water with large colourful fish swimming just beneath its surface. It was amazing how our minds and bodies were healed as we slowly walked around the grounds while remembering my mum’s full but too short life.
Now, whenever I need to get away from it all or take some time to reflect on where I’m going in my own life, it has become the perfect place for a time-out; I’m sure you’ll see why.