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Weekly Photo Mojo: Fireflies light up the hillside in Umbria, Italy.

Up in the hills above the 15th century town of Paciano Italy and overlooking the countryside of Umbria sits the villa of Campodalto. At the beginning of my 10-day blogger tour through Italy, this sight was one of the more unexpectedly memorable ones — and it happened on day one after arriving late night to Campodalto where we would stay during our time in Umbria. I just remember wandering outside and into the back lawn that was pitch black. The distant town lights glowed, but the sea of fireflies overpowered even that. There were thousands around us flaring up and fading black, like the visual representation of the heartbeat of the hillside around us, and with the cloudy sky above, it was as if the stars had descended so we could still see them.

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Read more about the 10-day blog tour around Umbria and Ponza Italy HERE!

Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

*This blog tour was sponsored by Slow Living Vacations and This Is Your Time, but all opinions and stories are my own*

Weekly Travel Photo: Il Trasimeno Lake in Umbria, Italy.

Long golden grass dancing on a gentle wind, bright yellow and purple wild-flowers peeking out of the hills, dark green-brushed mountains in the distance climbing out of the horizon and surrounding the turquoise lake shimmering under the summer sun.

This is Il Trasimeno Lake in the region of Umbria in Italy. Here, our blogger group on tour around Italy began a hike with UmbriAction that would take us through the hills around the lake, showing us the beautiful and unique agriculture and wildlife. Though we had quite a hike ahead, I had to pause and take a moment to admire the view. This was a place I could have seen myself spending an entire day on that very bench writing.

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Read more about the 10-day blog tour around Umbria and Ponza Italy HERE!

Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

*This blog tour was sponsored by Slow Living Vacations and This Is Your Time, but all opinions and stories are my own*

Weekly Travel Photo: Meeting an Octopus in Italy

On a recent blogger tour around Italy, we visited the island of Ponza, about two hours south of Rome and a three-hour ferry ride. While there, I had the chance to go scuba diving for the very first time and took along my GoPro to capture the moment. And one such moment was with this little octopus that we found under a rock at the sea-bed.

Now, personally I’ve never met an octopus, but it seemed much obliged to meet me. Given the uber cuteness and subtle hilarity of this photo, I want you to come up with a fitting caption for this photo!

CAPTION THIS BELOW!

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*Special thanks to #ThisIsYourTime and Slow Living Vacations, as well as Ponza Diving School who included me in this experience*

Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

What feeling does this photo evoke for you?

 

Weekly Travel Photo: Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge

Welcome to Praha AKA Prague AKA the City of Spires. This week’s photo mojo comes to you from the fabled capital of the Czech Republic. In the distance the spires of Prague Castle pierce the sky, with the Charles Bridge spanning Vltava River and its own tower and spires opposite. Both are important landmarks to the capital city of the Czech Republic with a history that is every bit beautiful as it is bloody.

More to come on the Czech Republic soon!

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Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

Weekly Travel Photo: Immersive panoramic bubble of the Pantheon in Rome.

 

Here is an immersive photo bubble of the Pantheon in Rome — one of the most important and best preserved structures from the ancient empire dating its construction back to between 118 AD to 125 AD. This temple was dedicated to the pagan gods of Rome and is one of the best examples of Roman engineering and architecture with the massive and detailed dome and oculus at the top.

*Ignore the partially dismembered people, creating a bubble in this busy of an attraction was a tad difficult!*

Since the bubble wasn’t very crisp because of the people and lighting, here is a better look at the dome.

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More photos and articles on the pantheon to come, so stayed tuned!

Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

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Weekly Photo: Into the Roman Colosseum’s Hypogeum Where the Gladiators Awaited Death.

 

Imagine yourself as a gladiator of Rome, a slave warrior, deep under the enormous Flavian Amphitheater awaiting battle. The thunderous noise of 50,000 rabid Romans rumbles the roof above, but you cannot see a thing. Their stomping and shouting sounds the exact same as a foreboding storm rolling toward you. It is pitch black, besides the brief and fleeting light of a dim torch that occasionally flickers on the uneven stone walls, casting long and ghastly shadows which crawl over the ceiling.

Somewhere in that darkness the feral roars from caged lions and tigers echo, haunting that blackness. You cannot see who you sit next to, but you can smell them. You can smell the sun-burnt olive oil on their skin slathered on everyone to make them glisten in the sun. You can smell the sweat beading and dripping from yourself and the warriors around you.

Salt smell like a vast ocean, yet no cool breeze to cool your brow or culls from seagulls to calm your nerves. Just blackness and sweat. And in that blackness is the smell of death. Even though none have died yet, many have before you after leaving that blackness. The smell of death is of the piss and the shit and the sweat that happens before battle — the fear takes hold of some more than others and they lose their bowels and minds before being released into that sand-pit of death.

Soon the ceiling will crack open raining dust and sand onto our heads. Light will pour through the opening and we will rise up to the cheers of thousands. And with that light, we do not rise up to meet life, but death. Sometimes the darkness is better.

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Here is a photo from my recent restricted access tour with Walks of Italy beneath the Colosseum, called the Hypogeum. Here is where the gladiators awaited battle and 32 pens held animals for the fights. Though on this day light illuminated the ruins, showing colorful brick and moss growing, it was nothing light this in Roman times. A pigeon sips water out of a hole that once held timbers supporting the arena floor.

Here is a slightly edited photo that adds to the underground feel.

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*This tour was sponsored by Walks of Italy but, as always, my thoughts and reactions are my own*

Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

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Weekly Photo: The Grand Canyon of Thailand in Pai

Pai is a small town in the far north of Thailand and a place I escape to nearly every month from Chiang Mai. Besides being a hippy enclave, there are outdoor activities abound; surrounded by mountains on most sides, waterfalls everywhere you look, and more than a handful of different geothermal hot pools. Another “hidden” piece of Pai that makes it amazing is Pai Canyon, considered to be the Grand Canyon of Thailand.

The canyon itself isn’t nearly as vast as the world wonder in Arizona, but it is quite impressive. Rock formations trail outward like spiderwebs — treacherously narrow with 100 foot drops in some places and fine sand that makes it even more dangerous. For the adventurous (and stupid) like myself, this is what makes the canyon so amazing — you can hike on these narrow rock formations all the way through the canyon and be almost completely alone.

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Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

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Weekly Photo: Surfing in the fiery sunset in San Diego

 

Before my trip to Southeast Asia, I had a chance to spend a few days exploring San Diego. I had been a couple of times before, but usually just for a day or so, or I was staying just outside the city.

One night I decided to walk to the beach to catch a sunset, and it was one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever experienced. The smoldering sun sank deeper into the silver horizon, the slow lapping waves reflecting its last bit of fiery reign for the day. Out in the small cresting waves, silhouettes of surfers bobbed up and down hoping for one last finale, one last ride across the rippling silver. A tired surfer retired for the day. Distant clouds split the sun as it descended, each time hiding it briefly until it peaked through again defiantly shining bright once more. And then it was gone.

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Feel like spreading some travel inspiration?! Feel free to share this sunset from San Diego below!

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Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

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Weekly Photo Mojo: An Anonymous Thai Protester in a V For Vendetta Mask

Though I have no political affiliation to any country in the world, including my home country (I hate politics) the political protests in Thailand had overshadowed the media and my trip ever since I arrived in Thailand.

The moment I landed in Bangkok mid-November, the town square was swarmed with thousands of protesters supporting or attempting to overthrow the current government — which made it fucking hell for getting around town too.

One day, before the protests (as seen on some news outlets) began including guns and explosives and riots, it was a pretty call massing of people screeching whistles and watching demonstrations. I was strolling through the square when I passed by this Thai protester wearing that iconic V for Vendetta mask that seems to now be the face of anonymous hacker groups and worldwide protests.

It was a powerful sight, and I managed to snap a photo briefly of the man in the mask holding the Thai flag as I passed by.

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Here is a photo with a quote from V for Vendetta that I thought fit the image.

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Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually living.)

What feeling does this photo evoke for you?