Lens-Artists Challenge #184: Travel has taught me

This week we hope you’ll share some of your travel experiences through our theme “Travel has taught me”.

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”     ~Anthony Bourdain

Travel is about more than just going on a trip somewhere although that can be a motivation sometimes. Many travelers might also agree that you can learn about culture and history as well as enjoy meeting new people while visiting another country or even a new area nearby. One of things I have learned is to be open-minded. Travel can change you  – so true.

In Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, children learned about their traditions and paying respect to people at an early age.

“Food may not be the answer to world peace, but it’s a start.” ~Anthony Bourdain

Our visit to China was a great experience.11 travelers from different parts of the world (Greece, Australia, England, Japan, and the US) met in Beijing to begin our journey. One day, we were invited to a private home to learn how to prepare Chinese food together. While making Chinese dumplings and enjoying delicious homemade authentic food, we spent the entire afternoon sharing our stories and learning about Chinese traditions.

While preparing the dish, the chef shared his cooking skills and took time to chat with us. He said that long noodles symbolized a long life in China, and many families serve noodles to celebrate birthdays. He then wished us a happy, healthy, and long life. 🙂

In Bangkok, we saw various “spirit houses” outside of buildings. We then learned that it was a Thai tradition. These spirit houses are a symbol meant to protect the spirit of nature as people take over the land to build houses and parks.

The photo below was taken in Xi’an, China (Xi’an became a cultural and political centre of China in the 11th century BC) while we were walking around the old town after dinner. The man was taking an evening walk with his aging mother who was in a wheelchair. It was quite a moving scene.

“Another great thing about travel: It often serves to remind you that the world is full of things that are not about you.” ~ Dave Barry

Some houses in Peru reserve a spot for remembering their ancestors by displaying their belongings.

The image below was captured in Egypt. Two boys were walking to school together, one with an arm around his buddy. This photo made me smile, it said to me that people can trust each other, share a happy moment, and live in harmony despite their differences.

“In the end, you’re just happy you were there — with your eyes open — and lived to see it.”  ~Anthony Bourdain

Yes, I’m just happy we lived to learn about cultures in different parts of the world. Mostly, I’m happy to have a chance to share these with you.

Many thanks to Ann-Christine for her beautiful Memorable Events challenge. So glad you shared your memorable events as seen through your lens – beautiful images and stories.

We are looking forward to seeing your travel stories and images, whether to a faraway place or on a local day trip. We also hope you’ll share what you’ve learned along the way. Please link to my post here and use the Les-Artists tag to help us find you.  

Next week, John (photobyjohnbo) will lead LAPC #185. The theme is Change – ‘Given that change is inevitable, for this week’s challenge consider change as it applies to you. Maybe it’s the changes in your family over the years, the change of seasons in your favorite park, or even the change in the technology of your camera equipment. In short, what does “change” mean to you? ‘ Be sure to visit John’s site.

137 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #184: Travel has taught me

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  4. Hi Amy

    Because today is Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, I especially enjoy your photo of preparing a meal in a private Chinese home, and your photo of the chef with the long noodles was great. I cook with rice noodles from China at least three time a week and always marvel at the almost serpentine way they are packaged, so that photo of yours taught me something.

    Your photo from Peru showing the belongings of ancestors was very moving. I sat with it for quire a while, imagining the love and respect shown.

    Here’s my offering for this week’s Lens Artists Travel topic:

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    Best, Babsje

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    • Thank you, Babsje! Happy Chinese New Year to you, too. So glad to know you enjoy rice noodles. I always enjoy hot noodles in winter time. It is wonderful to learn that many parts of the world have different ways to pay respect to their acestors.

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  8. What beautiful places you have visited, your story enhanced by the gorgeous photographs. My favorite photo features the two boys on their way to school. To repeat an oft-quoted movie line, “… I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” One that may even be life-long.


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  10. Wonderful post and theme!!! Beautiful images, love the last with the two boys and the man with his mother. These pictures do not identify a place, but its people, feelings unite us and are very similar everywhere.

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  12. Lovely photo of the two schoolchildren in Egypt. Nice photo too of the children in traditional dress at the shrine in Tokyo. I’ve never tried my hand at folding dumplings, but I love the action as a Chinese chef makes hand pulled noodles: all the tosses and stretches of the dough before his stiffened fingers cut the disk into strips. Great photo and great theme.

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  18. You’ll know already that this is a theme right up my street! I recognised all the little moments of learning you’ve shared as being akin to many of my own. I love the photos at the Meiji Shrine, the two boys walking to school and the smiling chef with his noodles! And you’ve given me a reason to refine and finish a post I drafted ages ago and never came back to until now: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/learning-through-travelling/


    • Thank you, Tina. Since we don’t travel afar at all, I’m able to recollect what I have learned about culture and people. Appreciate you taking time to preview and edit.


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