2018 in Pictures

Another year has gone by and whether you found it to be great, terrible, mildly amusing, or a mixture of the three, it did ultimately give me a few exciting photographs (including one with a monk that had an epic beard). Therefore I have compiled several of my personal favorites from around the world… and by ‘around the world,’ I mean around a couple sporadic countries in the world. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and they inspire you to do something fun like quit your job or buy a cat. Please enjoy.

Tusheti, Georgia

Tusheti, Georgia

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia

Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Dartlo, Tusheti, Georgia

Dartlo, Tusheti, Georgia

Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Truso Valley, Georgia

Truso Valley, Georgia

Lagodekhi, Georgia

Lagodekhi, Georgia

Central Armenia

Central Armenia

Mt. Kazbek, Stepansminda, Georiga

Mt. Kazbek, Stepansminda, Georiga

Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku, Azerbaijan

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Old Town, Baku, Azerbaijan

Old Town, Baku, Azerbaijan

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Waterfall, Armenia

Waterfall, Armenia

Cork, Ireland

Cork, Ireland

Southern Armenia

Southern Armenia

Digne les Bains, France

Digne les Bains, France

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

Connecticut, USA

Connecticut, USA

Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

People Pictures

Southern Armenia

Southern Armenia

Khor Virap, Armenia

Khor Virap, Armenia

Mt. Kazbek, Georgia

Mt. Kazbek, Georgia

Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Mediterranean Coast, France

Mediterranean Coast, France

Newgrange, Ireland  (If you look closely, you can see my ‘wonderful’ editing)

Newgrange, Ireland (If you look closely, you can see my ‘wonderful’ editing)

New Almaty Photos

Friends, if you have been following this blog for the past year, you might remember my posts last summer about my trip to Kazakhstan. If you enjoyed those (as you absolutely should have), you're in luck because here are some new photos of the country's biggest city: Almaty. Just to clarify though, I am not there right now. These photos were taken by top contributor Daniel Gandini as he's making his way across Central Asia. Please enjoy.

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Animal Encounters

Over the past three years of travelling, I've met some pretty awesome animals, domestic, wild, and stray. Without fail, each one has brightened up my day, and unlike people, they've never bothered or infuriated me. Now it is time to give them a bit of the spotlight.

Giant snail: Tubingen, Germany

Giant snail: Tubingen, Germany

Pigeon in Moscow, Russia

Pigeon in Moscow, Russia

FRED!!! Tbilisi, Georgia

FRED!!! Tbilisi, Georgia

An awesome pig: Stepansminda, Georgia

An awesome pig: Stepansminda, Georgia

Friendly cat: Tbilisi, Georgia

Friendly cat: Tbilisi, Georgia

Shy cat: Tbilisi, Georgia

Shy cat: Tbilisi, Georgia

Very loud sheep: Stepansminda, Georgia

Very loud sheep: Stepansminda, Georgia

Amazing goat: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Amazing goat: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Cat family: Tbilisi, Georgia

Cat family: Tbilisi, Georgia

A young bull that has definitely seen things: Mestia, Georgia

A young bull that has definitely seen things: Mestia, Georgia

Goat Family: Mestia, Georgia

Goat Family: Mestia, Georgia

Суздаль (Suzdal)

Digging up through the archives of my distant past (two years ago), I give you pictures of a historical Russian village on the Golden Ring. While the landscapes were pretty amazing, nothing will top the several liters of mead I bought from a babushka on the side of the road. To this day, such a beverage has not been topped (a challenge to all of you out there). Needless to say, I'm rambling. So please enjoy these photos.

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Top Cartoons

As you can probably tell from the stories, I like making cartoons. I feel like they offer much more humor and creativity than those lame, abominations called photographs. Cartoons keep the imagination alive and allow me to use more hyperbole and exaggeration when constructing a narrative. Pictures just show the bland state of reality. Therefore, without further ado, here are some of my personal favorite images I've made on microsoft paint. Some of them come from stories already on the blog, while others were just the result of my own random free time. Either way, please enjoy!

A wonderful pet during my college years

A wonderful pet during my college years

Break out of the cubicle!

Break out of the cubicle!

A standard fantasy

A standard fantasy

Selfie sticks be damned

Selfie sticks be damned

Ramazan, the ski instructor

Ramazan, the ski instructor

Ima be famous!

Ima be famous!

A casual chat with a cow.

A casual chat with a cow.

Tash, the camera finder

Tash, the camera finder

Feelin' alive!

Feelin' alive!

Yeah, I occasionally take other people's ideas.

Yeah, I occasionally take other people's ideas.

Lake Baikal: Summer 2012

5 1/2 years ago, when I was a young fool, I went on my then first big solo trip to Siberia (Lake Baikal in particular) to help dig a trail system. Little did I know it, this kickstarted my urge to wander off to bizarre places that normal people wouldn't dare go. So without further ado, here is a nostalgiac homage to that adventure.

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The coast.

The coast.

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The camp!

The camp!

Four awesome people.

Four awesome people.

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Baikal and all its glory.

Baikal and all its glory.

Lakeside village. I think I had lunch here once.

Lakeside village. I think I had lunch here once.

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The crew. Hair and beard... so short. So short. Why?!?

The crew. Hair and beard... so short. So short. Why?!?

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Entering a lakeside village

Entering a lakeside village

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Either taken at dawn or dusk. I forget.

Either taken at dawn or dusk. I forget.

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Best tree photo ever!

Best tree photo ever!

2017 in Pictures

These are my arbitrary top landscape (and goat) photos of the year. I shall take you on a journey across Europe, into Central Asia, and along a mountain range that rides between the two. And all people have been removed from the foreground due to my personal disdain of selfies. That said, please enjoy.

Black Sea, Georgia

Black Sea, Georgia

Tatarstan, Russia

Tatarstan, Russia

Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow, Russia

Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow, Russia

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia

Kazan Kremlin, Tatarstan, Russia

Volga River, Samara, Russia

Volga River, Samara, Russia

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

An Awesome Goat, Almaty, Kazakhstan

An Awesome Goat, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Mt. Kazbek, Georgia

Mt. Kazbek, Georgia

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Svaneti, Georgia

Svaneti, Georgia

Tubingen, Germany

Tubingen, Germany

Kolomenskoye Park, Moscow, Russia

Kolomenskoye Park, Moscow, Russia

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

Mestia, Svaneti, Georgia

Borjomi, Georgia

Borjomi, Georgia

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Red Square, Moscow, Russia

Svaneti, Georgia

Svaneti, Georgia

Midnight, St. Petersburg, Russia

Midnight, St. Petersburg, Russia

June 17-23 (St. Petersburg)

SECOND EDITION

The first few are cityscape shots of St. Petersburg, Russia during the White Nights period in June (where it never gets fully dark outside). The remaining ones are of Polosaty Hostel in St. Petersburg and a most unusual statue of Yuri Gagarin in Moscow.

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Photo taken at 11:30pm (23:30)

Photo taken at 11:30pm (23:30)

Church of the Spilled Blood

Church of the Spilled Blood

Inside the church

Inside the church

Photo taken just at 1:00am. Approximately the darkest the city gets during this time.

Photo taken just at 1:00am. Approximately the darkest the city gets during this time.

Photo taken at midnight.

Photo taken at midnight.

Park in St Petersburg

Park in St Petersburg

Entrance to Peter and Paul Fortress

Entrance to Peter and Paul Fortress

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Common Room at Polosaty

Common Room at Polosaty

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Photo taken at 11:00pm (23:00)

Gagarin. Space Man.

Gagarin. Space Man.

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Token family photo

Token family photo

Week of June 12-17, 2017

First edition. The first three pictures are of Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow on a nice, sunny day. While the park is mostly know for the palace/museum and the ornate fountains near the entrance, the back half is almost entirely a forest with some really nice walking trails (and far less tourists)

The next two pictures are an opposition protest against Putin and political corruption in the Russian government that broke out on Russia Day (12 June). Although I don't usually get political on this blog, I have to give credit to the protesters. Police came and broke it up three times and each time, a new wave came to fill the square. And on top of that, they formed a congo-line at one point in defiance. Gotta hand it to them for the bravery.

Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno Park

Protest against Putin and political corruption on Tverskaya Street

Protest against Putin and political corruption on Tverskaya Street