I’ve recently returned from Iraq and have now had a chance to put some of my travel photos online at:
[update: most of the links below are now out of date. But all the photos can now be found at http://www.metalvortex.com/images/Misc Photos/Matharu/]
OK, this is a bit of a vanity post but some people have asked for photos of me so I’ve gone through my published photos and have collated the links here. Someone also accused me of not smiling in my photos…you judge! I think you’ll find that most of the pre-2001 photos are of low quality as I hadn’t taken up photography as a hobby until 2001 and I’ve only got low resolution scans of the old photos.
I recently went on one of those Antarctic cruises in December 2007 spending Christmas out there. The cruise included zodiac landings on the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsular. Of course I took lots of photos and I’ll need time to sort through them and start putting them online…it will take me months! I’ll provide an update when the first series of photos goes online.
Apart from witnessing the amazing scenery and wildlife I made loads of fantastic friends most of whom were single and well travelled people like me…it wasn’t what I was expecting at all! We all had real fun and I miss them all!
One or two persons, with their enthusiasm, energy and kindness, reminded me that there is still so much goodness and joy in this world and that perhaps the world isn’t as doomed as I sometimes imagine. I suppose I’ve spent too much time recently looking at just the negatives and using my blog for criticism that I had almost lost perspective. Too many rants and not enough raves.
I now remember why I started travelling in the first place; to meet people and immerse oneself in various cultures, to be alive and enjoy the wonders of this world! It’s now a New Year…a time for reflection and a refreshed outlook. I’m looking forward to it! So thank you all!
Best. Trip. EVAH!
A trip from the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the cold, wet and windswept lands of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.
Arid, desolate, lunar landscapes and high‑altitude volcanoes and geysers of the Atacama Desert. The busy streets of Santiago and the surrounding pleasant vineyards. The beautiful Pacific coastal towns of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. The pioneering feel of the small towns of Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate. The awe‑inspiring majestic peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine. The huge glaciers of Upsala and Spegazzini, the slow break‑up of Perito Moreno glacier, and iceberg‑littered lakes. The charms of the Tierra del Fuego town of Ushuaia and the wilds of the estancias. Glorious seafood, spit-roasted lamb, huge beef steaks. The music, dance and passion of Tango, and the splendour of Buenos Aires. Nice one!
Have a look at the South America 2006 Photo Gallery. Enjoy!