Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I must admit…retirement’s more enjoyable than I’d ever imagined. I’ve got my “bucket list” and in just a few short months since leaving full time employment I’ve already checked off a few things like visiting Antigua, Guatemala and taking Spanish lessons in El Salvador.
Taking six months off after 30 years has been an incredibly therapeutic and exhilarating experience to say the least. I have lots more adventures on the horizon before going back to part-time online teaching in January. Key word here being part-time! I still need to work to supplement my pension and pay for my travel habit.
I’ve never been a very spontaneous person before, but for some reason I’m throwing caution to the wind and jumping on every travel opportunity that comes my way. You only live once so I’m sucking the marrow out of life before I’m too old and physically worn out to enjoy it. With that said… the Irish Rover is off to Central America again later next week to visit Honduras to photograph the Mayan Ruins in Copan.
I now have the time, energy and resources to do the things I’ve only dreamed of before. Sure…there are some aspects of traveling that are stressful and anxiety ridden – however, if you’re a “smart” traveler you can avoid or at least minimize the stress and demands of international travel.
One additional point concerning my travel tips. Things are going to be less expensive in Central America than they are in Europe so if you are on a limited budget Central America is a great alternative to traveling to Europe. The people are very friendly and beer is considerable cheaper as well and that’s a good thing!
Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts from Honduras and after that short trip I’m off to Europe (Amsterdam, Germany, Slovakia, Vienna, Poland and Budapest) for more adventures to see and experience as much art, photography, historical sites and of course pubs as I possibly can. It is also the European Month of Photography.
This will include teaching a photography workshop in Slovakia and doing portfolio reviews as well. On top of all the traveling I have also started a Facebook Photography Sharing / Critique Group – Come join us if you are interested in sharing your photographs and taking your photography to a higher level!