“Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love because suddenly, all your senses are at the setting marked ‘on.’ Suddenly, you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world.” ~ Pico Iyer
This is so true, isn’t it? That feeling when you fall in love and all your senses are heightened, you are alive with excitement, all your emotions are in overdrive… you feel like you’re experiencing everything in lurid technicolour against the black and white monotone of everyday life…
Travel is like very much like this for me. I hardly live a dull life at home, with a wonderful work and home-life, plenty of hobbies and interests, socialising with friends… but heading off on a trip definitely increases the level of excitement I feel every moment I’m awake, and it seems to me that I absorb everything in much more detail.
Do you find you are more alert to the world when you are travelling or is it more of a case of dialling down and relaxing when you take a break away from home?
After two trips to the Antarctic, taking in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, we decided to dedicate our next trip in this region solely to the Falklands, spending three weeks there back in 2010. Starting and finishing in Port Stanley, we island-hopped to experience the different landscapes and bird colonies of Carcass Island, West Point, Pebble Island, Saunders Island, plus Volunteer Point on East Falkland.
For those interested in bird watching and photography, the Falkland Islands are a wonderful destination for a trip, allowing you to easily spend hours and hours observing colonies of black-browed albatrosses, imperial shags, gentoo penguins, magellenic penguins, king penguins, rockhopper penguins, not to mention southern giant petrel, striated caracara, brown skua, steamer-ducks, upland geese, and many many more species.
These two are gentoo penguins.
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