Saturday, 15 February 2014

I go where the light leads and where the land is most extreme. I go where I am lead by people I don’t know. Still searching for the light.. to photograph and capture those moments in time. Finally after 3 weeks on shared vans ,trains and buses and clocking up more than 1500km on my GPS I have made it to Greece from Bosnia …. This has been one hell of an adventure…… this is Meteora a mysterious place on earth…. something I have never seen before…. again my vocabulary fails to describe how beautiful this place is what a finale…. it’s the perfect gift to a perfect adventure… I sit in the shade of an olive tree on a bolder that’s is still warm by the mid-day sun. A three hour hike has bought me here a place like no other ……I have dreamed of this place ever since my boyhood days…. now proudly crossing it off my list… been there, done that!!! A cool breeze blows across my face, sun is setting over the great Meteora range ,the village of Kalambaka lies in the valley …… Risanu monastery rings the bells until sunsets as it has done for centuries…. its magical and its surreal …. I think of London. It’s been fantastic journey …….day after tomorrow I would land at Heathrow where it might be 2 or 3 degrees below freezing…,there will be things to do….. meetings to attend…. servers and switchers to configure….. I was not sad but happy and content for I had the past three weeks of the roads unpredictability…. each morning I rose to a day of mystery….. saw new landscapes, took off the beaten path to magical mountain tops, kept off the tourist trails … lost in little known villages and ate new food. ……I have transformed the way I think and feel …..I met with only strangers …. I formed friendships……….. cherished the hospitality of the people I’ve only just met ….. I learnt not to fear the unknown…. But to laugh out loud at the surprises and be humbled by the moment…. A month at home and this adventure will surely fade. Days will pass where I would speak to four or five familiar people and have mundane conversations with others…… !!! Soon I will become a part of their lives and theirs in mine. I will only go to the same predictable takeaway joints day after day …. Gradually these memories will fade …I am human, yet will join the rat race … routine will follow routine until it brakes… I close my eyes… hypnotised by the echoes of the bells…. Ringing in the distance … The Images comes as a gift…… the lens is my third eye, the camera is a tool that I take for granted. I have travelled … I have remembered all the faces in strange places…..every sunset and the golden hours…. Friends I give you this image and share this moment …….hoping that you too will tred the un-traveled path….. now I leave you in the words of St. Augustine “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” Happy Adventures hope you have many…. Random Thoughts Meteora Kalambaka 2nd November 2013

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