Saturday, May 21: Jubilant is an adjective: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant. So says the Weekly Photo Challenge: Jubilant, challenging us to “end this week on a high note, with images that say jubilant.”
Here are some jubilant moments from my life:
In Hanok Village, Jeonju, South Korea, some jubilant musicians inspired all the English teachers to join in with the festivities.
As we took a day-long drive down the King’s Highway in Jordan, my Japanese fellow traveler Minako and I felt jubilant at different spots along the drive. Me at the Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve and Minako at Karak Castle in Jordan.
Me at Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve
Minako at the Crusader Castle of Karak
The traditional dancers in Siem Reap, Cambodia showed a more subdued kind of jubilation.
I celebrated my 57th birthday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at Yod Abyssinia Restaurant, probably the most jubilant celebration I’ve ever had.
And finally, on my month-long trip through Spain and Portugal, I was inspired by the jubilant flamenco dancers at Jardines de Zoraya in Granada, Spain.
Friday, August 23: Ailsa’s Travel Theme for this week is play. She quotes:
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
My son Alex loves pushing himself to the limits to accomplish tough gymnastics moves. Here he is playing in our backyard doing some handstands and plank moves on his rings.
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Here are some monks playing drums and doing Sunmudo Martial Arts at Golgulsa Sunmudo Temple near Gyeongju, South Korea.
These children are driving around helter-skelter in motorized cars in Gyeonju, South Korea.
And these children are playing at Sports Day at Chojeon Elementary School in Chojeon, South Korea.
These Omani girls are having fun playing with mud on Jebel Akhdar, Oman.
And in Ethiopia, during a slow time at the Bishangari Lodge in Lake Langano, the staff plays a game of checkers using bottle caps to pass the time.
Finally, part of play is just relaxing while on holiday in exotic places with a glass of wine. This is me, a self-portrait, having a glass of wine on the rooftop of the Acropolis View Hotel, with, guess what (?), the Acropolis behind me. 🙂