“You have to travel to see new light, find new hope, renew the mind and revitalize the soul.” Lailah Gifty Akita
It was summer in January on a beach in Napier, New Zealand. The weather was hot and the sun was setting at 930 PM. The moon was out at the same time. My new friend pinched the fingers of both her hands together and said, “This is a pinch me moment”. I had heard of pinch me moments when someone wins an Academy Award or accomplishes a dream but I had never heard of it standing on a beach watching a sunset. She explained that, “You pinch your fingers to save the moment. When I am sitting in my kitchen in England and I look out the window at the dreary weather, I will remember this moment.”
As I watched the moon that night, it made sense that it is also the small moments that resonate in our minds. They are part of the story making events of our lives. Here are some of my travel pinch me moments. (photo by Cordula Reins)
Looking out at the balloons in the air over Cappadocia, Turkey.
Watching the sun set over the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
Rainbow over Iguazu Falls, Missiones, Argentina
Angor Wat, Cambodia
Walking on the beach in Varadero, Cuba
Sailing on the Mekong Delta, Viet Nam
Machu Picchu .
Seeing the elephants up close in Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Tori Gates on Myajima, Japan
The view of the volcano in Santorini, Greece