I recently went on a Sahara Desert trek in Morocco and researched how ethical it is to ride camels extensively before I went.
Here are my thoughts.
As an animal lover I have a hard time riding a horse, much less anything else. So I only got on the camel to take a pic. I didn't ride one.
However, it can be ethical to ride a camel if they are treated properly, which the ones on this tour were.
They stopped for breaks, food water and were looked after extremely well.
They were in good health and really cared for.
That said, there is still a great deal of animal abuse with camels. I've witnessed horrible things happen to them in Egypt.
The Born Freedom Foundation has established these guidelines called the five freedoms. The camels must have the following.
Food and water.
A suitable Living environment.
An opportunity to exhibit natural behaviours.
Protection from fear and distress.
It's important for tourists to ask questions like what are the conditions the camels are housed in? They need clean stables with room for them to lay down and plenty of ventilation.
Also ask how often they're given breaks, access to food and water and make sure they're not overloaded with luggage or obese tourists.
They should never be whipped or tied up for long periods.
It's up to us to ensure the safety of the animals so beware of bad tour operators and do your research.
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Why can’t I just be “normal”?
Why can’t I just be happy with the life I currently have?
Because, sweet girl, you were made for more.
You weren’t made for boxes and mediocrity.
You weren’t made to remain stagnant in one place.
You aren’t meant to live by everyone else’s rules.
It is safe to feel that fire in your belly and allow it to grow.
It is safe to give the middle finger to all your haters talking about you behind your back, waiting for you to fail.
We make others uncomfortable.
Our instability makes them nervous while it lights us up. •
Stepping into your greatness often times requires leaving people and places behind.
It requires honoring our deep down desires.
It requires shedding the version of you that never resonated with you. •
So if you’ve ever felt like picking up and leaving and never looking back, do it.
Commit to your growth.
Commit to your own journey.
Commit to meeting yourself for the first time.
I’m here to guide you along the way 😘
Tbilisi Bath Houses
During the 5th century the King of Georgia discovered the Sulphur springs on a hunting trip and liked the springs and their healing properties so much he built a city around them. Eventually Tbilisi would become the capital of Georgia and a spot on the Silk Road. Bathing in the springs and bath houses would become a tradition for locals and travelers that lives on today.
Entre #Alaska y el #Artico, #Canadá regaló un refugio inolvidable. La intersección de Haines, el desvío que lleva a Whitehorse en el lado canadiense y a Alcan Border, del lado estadounidense tenía guardado un puñado de magia para los visitantes.
Dicen que viajar a dedo o de #autostop es peligroso, yo diría más bien que es arriesgado. Y uno cuando arriesga, se siente vencedor desde el primer momento -pase lo que pase después-. En aquella oportunidad, la ruta empezaba a enfriarse y la mochila pesaba entre las cuestas del camino. Las montañas nevadas alrededor motivaban a perseguir quimeras de hogares cálidos y cenas de mamá. Y así fue. Más temprano que tarde apareció ante los fatigados ojos la "Cabina Verde". Un refugio de montaña para aventureros que necesiten reposar sus pies frente a la salamandra. Cocinando sobre la parrilla viajera, degustando mates de ensueño frente a la nieve, así fue. Una noche inolvidable en un refugio para guardar eternamente en la bóveda de los grandes momentos. Durante la madrugada salí a buscar un oso, un alce, una liebre, lo que fuera. Ellos estaban más cansados que yo y no acudieron a la cita.
Hoy, algunos meses después de esa foto, me desnudo otra vez frente a la ruta. Esperando por cualquier tren, agradecido de antemano por lo que acecha y está por llegar.
Junio 2018 - Canadá (camino al Océano Ártico)
At times, I look around with such my gratitude it makes my heart feel like it’ll explode.
& then there’s other times, when I have everything I’ve ever wanted, and I just can’t even really fake a smile.
Today is one of those days.
Feeling blah. In a funk. In a rut. Whatever you want to call it - its the ebb & flow of our humanness.
I don’t say this looking for sympathy, but I know what is shared from the heart reaches the heart & maybe if you’re feeling similar, you can know you’re not alone.
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Are you a hill person or a beach person ?
Well I finally have an answer to this one.
Both and together! Walking up the Lamba dug river while fishing, we reached a beautiful meadow with flowers dancing and green tree less hills. @liveto_getlost kept making way in the bushes while I followed hoping around with my camera and suddenly @mr.ajaypadda sees a beach. Ofcourse I lay there all day. While everyone else did their favourite chores like make chai, cut wood and catch big fish.
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