We Live in a Beautiful World

I’m home. After 7 months, 15 countries, 49,000 pictures and countless adventures, I’m finally home. It took almost 2 full days to travel from Tokyo to Ottawa (when you buy really cheap plane tickets, the price is time!), and I’m writing this post at 3am because I probably have some jet lag, but I’m finally home.

I haven’t had too much time to reflect on everything I have experienced through my travels this year, but whenever I try, my thoughts inevitably end up in the same sentence. We live in a beautiful world.

It’s everywhere you look, from the crystal clear oceans in Thailand, to the 10,000 tons of metal that makes the Eiffel tower in Paris. I saw breath taking landscapes in Ireland, played with wonderfully kind elephants in Laos, explored magnificent ruins in Cambodia, ate the best pizza of my life in Italy (surprise surprise!) and got caught up in the excitement of sumo wrestling in Japan.

    

    

I met some fantastic people along the way. Some opened up their homes to us, others opened a beer bottle. Some climbed mount Vesuvius with us, while others partied in Xochimilco with us. We bathed in jaw dropping waterfalls with some, and learned how to cook with others. 

It helps when you travel with your best friend, who also happens to be my wife. Somehow, these experiences seemed more meaningful with her by my side, and I feel blessed to have been able to share these experiences together. In 7 months, the most time we spent apart was when we lost each other an hour in London. Some people wonder how you can spend so much time with someone and not go crazy, but she always helped me see the world in the best light there could be, and I love her to death for it.

This world is beautiful. Whether you are watching the sky burn as the sun disappears into the horizon at a beach in Malaysia, or are watching the Parisian streets turn to life early in the morning, it’s beautiful. I am lucky to have been able to see first hand how beautiful this world truly is. It’s very easy to forget when you read or watch the news, or are stuck in a rut at work, or having problems with life in general, and sometimes it feels like we don’t have the time to appreciate just how lucky we are to live here, but hopefully this post will remind you, if only for a couple of minutes, that we live in a beautiful world.

Chris Quiroz 

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5 Things I’ve Learned on My First Day in Tokyo

Tokyo is awesome. I mean really awesome! It’s been a dream of mine for years to come and see what the place that fed me half of my childhood looks like. Godzilla, Dragonball, Astro Boy, Speed Racer, Mario, Ryu, Chun Li, and so much more! 

This is Olvier Atom, from Captain Tsubasa, aka Flash Kicker in the USA and Supercampeones in Mexico! The show is 29 years old and this is the first thing I saw when I got on the subway!

But for all these crazy cartoons and videogames, I don’t really know too much about Japan, it’s culture, and the mecca city they call Tokyo. So here are 5 things I’ve learned on my first day out and about on the streets of this great place!

1.- Tokyo is huge. Most people already know it’s a big city. We constantly hear that it has the largest amount of people in the world, and we see pictures of the famous cross walk all the time. But after a 3 hour ride on a subway from the airport to ALMOST downtown, I finally understood how big this city really is. Hint: BIG

2.- Tokyo is CLEAN. You will not see a piece of garbage on the street anywhere. No gum on the ground, no cigarette butts, not even a candy wrapper. The weird thing is that there aren’t many garbage bins around! It took us half an hour to find one! But it’s definitely a cultural effort to keep it clean. Everyone contributes, and it’s amazing! 

3.- Japanese people are fantastic! We had people coming over to see if we needed help whenever we looked lost. We had people walk us to where we needed to go because they said they had the time. People struck up conversations with us at restaurants and were always excited when we told them we were Canadian lol. People from Japan are very polite, very respectful, and most of all, very friendly ^_^

4.- Japanese Subways are PUNCTUAL. I mean to the minute punctual. As in the lady at the booth told us the subway would arrive at 6:43 and would take exactly an hour to get to our next destination, and that’s exactly what happened. For a mecca city like Tokyo, and with the craziest subway maps we’ve ever seen, it’s completely amazing how they manage to run things like clockwork. I live in Ottawa, and we EXPECT the buses to be at least 5 minutes late or early. After seeing this, I fear I’ll be even angrier when I’m waiting in the rain for a 12 minute late bus lol

5.- Nothing can prepare you for the lights. Walking at night in Tokyo is everything I thought it would be and sooo much more! The smells, the lights, the amount of people all looking to have a good time. The endless casinos, the Arcades, the movie theaters, and of course the karaoke bars. They’re all there, they’re all shiny and I can’t get enough of it! 

I have 11 days in Tokyo to take it all in. Day 1 was a blast. But I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be even better. It’s starting at the Ghibli Museum, so it’s already beginning with a big loud bang! If anyone has ideas or tips on where to go and what to see, let me know! 

 

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I have held a blog on Tumblr for quite some time now, mostly with postings of my photography. I liked the idea of posting my work to a site where people would see it, critique it, like it and hate it…depending on the person of course! But there’s something missing from that blog, and that is the ability to write down my thoughts and day to day whims. That blog is set in stone. It’s pictures and sometimes a thought or two. 

This blog is a new beginning. A chance to speak of the technical aspects of my photography, my inspirations, my hopes for the future and the process of taking my hobby to another level. This is a beginning, from buying a camera (since someone was kind enough to steal the one I had in Cambodia) to choosing the right lens (since that same person helped himself to my best ones as well lol) to selecting locations and so on and so forth. 

I hope this will be a new way to inspire and motivate me to keep doing what I love!