Is it worth fighting for everything? Don’t worry and be happy.

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Aren’t we all sometimes in situations were we fight with our friend, partner or family and then you reflect and wonder if it was worth it?

When I was in Costa Rica in Manuel Antonio National park I was watching the two monkeys for a while. They were fighting, screaming at each other and running around like crazy. Suddenly they stopped and it was absolutely quiet. They looked very exhausted. I knew I had to get this shot. Two exhausted monkeys hanging on the tree – too funny.

…but hang on…this reminded me of some situations we face in life. When you are fighting with one of your loved ones and you feel exhausted and upset after it, just stop for a minute and think about it. Was it worth it fighting for? Maybe not? Come on, life can be short.

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enough with fighting, we are so exhausted now.

Enjoy life together and stop fighting about little and non important things; it might be a first world problem when you really think about it.

Don’t worry and be happy

Have a lovely day.

Top 10 photos of Vivid 2015 Sydney

Vivid 2015

It’s been a week since the spectacular Vivid light festival in Sydney 2015 has finished. Before we move on let’s have a look at the top 10 vivid photos 2015:

1. Opera house in purple:

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colourful opera house in Sydney

2. Opera house a bit different:

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Sydney opera house at vivid festival 2015

3. watch the ghosts:

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the ghost take over the opera house

4. the light theatre show in Darling harbour

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Darling Harbour vivid light show

5. laser show in Darling harbour

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Vivid 2015 in Darling Harbour Sydney

6. the customs house covered in flowers:

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Customs house Sydney

7. the customs house a bit different:

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a different customs house in Sydney

8. the harbour bridge in red and blue:

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Vivid 2015 – the harbour bridge in blue and red

9. Harbour bridge in blue

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Vivid 2015 Sydney Harbour bridge

10. colourful Sydney skyline from Milson’s Point:

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Sydney is alive in beautiful colours

I hope you enjoyed the photos. If you are interested in buying prints, check out my website: www.photographybyalexk.com or contact me for licenses.

Have a wonderful week.

Alex

Survival guide for Machu Picchu

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Hello Machu Picchu Fans. When I was about to book my trip to Machu Picchu last year, I had a lot of questions and tried to google all the information I needed. I thought I will help you and summarise the major ones and share some practical tips I found very helpful:

How to get there:

There are a few options available.

1. If you are keen on trekking and want the whole experience of slowly reaching Machu Picchu and accessing the magic place through the sungate, then do the 4-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu. You will be camping in the magnificant nature.

2. If you are not keen on camping but still want to hike, there is the option of a one-day machu picchu hike. Please refer to my previous post: one day Inca trail hike.

3. Another option is to catch the train from either Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Agua Calientes. The link for the Peru rail: Peru-rail. The train was very comfortable, they serve drinks and snacks. The roof of the train is made of glass, which let’s you enjoy the great scenery. The train ride from Ollantaytambo was approximately 3 hours.

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the train station from Agua Calientes

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The journey of happiness

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Happiness is a journey and not a destination but why is that?

Don’t we all get confused and think we need to reach certain goals in life in order to be happy; meaning we need to meet our soul mate and life partner, buy our dream house or land our dream job in order to reach the destination ‘happiness’? I am sorry to say but the answer is NO.

Happiness is not achieved by getting everything you want. Happiness is your state of mind. It is a feeling of joy and contentment. We all have to overcome some obstacles in life in order to reach our goals. Remember these are the life lessons we have to learn to become a better you.

The photo below was taken in Costa Rica. It was a beautiful slightly foggy day and the sea was very calm. All you could see was this fisher boat on its way to work. It reminded me that we sometimes just have to stop, look around, open our eyes and enjoy each single second in our lives. How wonderful is our mother nature we live in. Can you see and feel it now?

Happiness is a journey and not a destination

(quote by Souza)
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Happiness is a journey and not a destination

Be grateful and enjoy every moment you have in your life with your loved ones as you never know when it is too late. Live in the here and now.

Have a happy day.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”

 

The sunrise and animals calling Machu Picchu their home

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You want to make sure you don’t miss anything when going to Machu Picchu? If you have not seen my previous post about Machu Picchu please click on the following link: why is machu picchu such a magical place and photos you haven’t seen before.

Here are some more insights of what to expect followed by a quick survival guide.

Expect the sunrise to be slightly different

In my opinion the best times to see a place is either at sunrise or sunset. Places turn into this beautiful golden colour. For photographers definitely a must. So it was absolutely clear to me to get up very early to see the sunrise at 5:30am. However, our group decided to be there slightly after the sunrise which confused me but I trusted our tour guide. In the end it was perfect. What we have to remember that Machu Picchu is mostly covered in fog and clouds in the early mornings and you won’t see any sunrise. We could see the beautiful scenery of clouds coming in and moving out, so Machu Picchu played ‘hiding’ with us. A magical theatre to watch: A panorama shot taken early in the morning.

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Machu Picchu early in the morning covered in the clouds.

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Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid 2015

Hello everybody,

Vivid festival in Sydney is always great for lots of colourful photo opportunities.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

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The spectacular light theatre in Darling Harbour Sydney, Vivid 2015

The power of positive thinking

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Nowadays everybody talks about positive thinking but what are the benefits of it and what does it really mean. How do you think positively? Can you just press the button and there you go? Well, it is not that simple.

A positive mindset focusses on the bright side in life. People who are positive, seem to have more energy and attract a lot of other positive people around them; they are optimistic. On the other hand there are negative thinking or pessimistic people. They are mostly perceived as being toxic and people stay away from them. Have you ever been in a situation where you had a great and happy day until you catch up with your ‘negative’ friend. After that you go home feeling depressed?

Having a positive mindset is very powerful and has a great impact on our health:

It reduces stress. We all know that stress makes us sick, so being positive improves our health.  We are dealing with stress situation in  a more effective way. We are staying focussed and positive about an outcome which helps us in dealing with it in a calm manner.

When being positive our voice becomes more powerful and our body language shows the way we feel.

Positive people get more physical activity, such as exercising or dancing, they follow a healthier diet, don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Some health benefits could be connected to them:

  • people with a positive mind live longer
  • they are unlikely to suffer from depression
  • they show lower levels of distress
  • having greater resistance to the common cold
  • better psychological and physical well-being
  • reduced risk of getting cardiovascular disease
  • coping better during hardships and stressful times

Positive minds are attracting positive things in life. It seems that everything is just flowing without greater effort.

What actually does it mean to be positive, what exactly do we have to do:

  • It starts with our self-talk. How many times do we realise that we stop believing in ourselves and started the doubt talk…”oh I am sure I won’t be able to achieve that…they don’t want me…’I am not good enough….etc”. I am sure we all do sometimes. That’s were we need to step in. Believe in yourself. You can do and achieve everything you put your mindset to. In order to start the positive self talk, use positive words such as I can do it; I will do it, there is an opportunity and get rid of ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘cannot’ etc.
  • Believing in everything happens for a reason: Sometimes things happen in our life which makes us feel unsettled and upset. Once you start believing in ‘everything happens for a reason’ you will see it from a positive point of view. You might not find out immediately what the reason was but in the end you will. Don’t get too upset and instead look at the bride side. Maybe it was not meant to be. For example in case you lost your job due to redundancies in your firm it could have been a good thing for you. Maybe you didn’t like that job anyways and you would have stayed there forever being unhappy because you are afraid of changes. Sometimes we need that push from the outside in order to follow our real purpose in life and finding happiness.
  • Having a sense of humour helps. Instead of getting mad at certain situations, it is good to laugh about it. That way we create positivity and it might not be as bad anymore. Sure we all have been in situations where you wait at the airport and the plane is getting delayed for hours. It might be annoying at that stage but once you have a laugh about it you feel better. When I was in South America I experienced it quite frequently. However, we started joking about it, laughed and felt good. Have a cup of coffee and chill out.
  • Exercising increases the level of endorphins in your body which leaves you with a happy feeling.
  • Listen to your favourite music and sing (if you are like me and you cannot sing then only sing where nobody can hear you:))
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Stay away from negative, toxic friends.

Positive minds attract good things. Nevertheless you still might have to encounter unpleasant situations in your life but the way how you deal with it makes the difference. With a positive approach you see the good in everything, you learn your  lessons in life, improve and move on.

Remember after rain is always sunshine and where there is a dark side there is always a bright side. You just need to open your eyes.

Always look on the bright side.

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Even in the dark you can see the light

Why is Machu Picchu such a magical place and photos you haven’t seen before

Machu Picchu is arguably the most magical place in the world. Everyone knows it, has been there or it is still on your bucket list to visit. But why?

Machu Picchu is the lost city of the Incas located in the High Andes of Peru in the Urubamba Valley approximately 6 hours drive from Cusco and 2,453m above sea level. Luckily the spanish conquerer have never found that magic place. The Machu Picchu ruin had capacity for around 1000 residents and is known as the most sacred Inca site. It was forgotten after the collapse of the Inca empire and rediscovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham.

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Machu Picchu is hiding behind the clouds

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It is that simple to be happy?

Sometimes we are facing not so pleasant challenges in life which makes it hard for us to be happy. If you don’t like the life you are living at the moment, then change it. However, there can be circumstances in which we cannot change a particular situation in our life but there is one thing we can do. We can change our attitude. Once your mindset is positive; life becomes so much easier. You start seeing obstacles as chances rather than negative road blocks in your life. So choose to be happy and you will be.

If you want to be happy then be.

If you want to be happy then be
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Do more of what makes you happy

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I love happiness quotes and instead of reading it to myself, I thought I will share it with you together with one of my travel photos from around the world. Enjoy.

Are you sometimes curious of what life has to offer? Why don’t you just go and find out?

This little penguin, I called him ‘Mr Curiousity’, wasn’t sure if he wanted to go for a swim or not. In the end he did.

Do more of the things what makes you happy. 

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Mr Curiousity from the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, Argentina.