The Sunrise in Pushkar

by Brenna Holeman
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Pushkar, India

I always travel with an external hard drive that contains all of my photos and videos from previous travels. Sometimes, when I’m bored or just feeling sentimental, I look through images from the trips I’ve taken before – sometimes, they’re recent, like these photos from Pushkar last year, but sometimes I find myself scrolling through photos from years and years ago, when travelling was so new and I was so young.

Yesterday, here in the desert of Huacachina, Peru, we climbed up one of the many dunes just as the sun was setting. It was gorgeous, the sky turning pink and orange in front of us as we stood ankle-deep in soft sand. I felt so lucky to witness it, just as I feel lucky nearly every day on this road and in this life. I felt it a year and a half ago, too, when I climbed to the top of a mountain overlooking the valley that holds the sacred city of Pushkar, where monkeys stare with wide eyes and the chai is served extra sweet. I watched the sunrise that morning, watched the dawn turn into day and the valley come alive with colour and light.

And perhaps the most important thing that travel can teach, more than patience or openmindedness or anything else, is to never take a day for granted, to always be thankful for what lies in front of us no matter the challenges that we may have to overcome, to bask in each sunrise or sunset like it’s the most beautiful thing.

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domestiphobia September 27, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Awesome, as usual. 🙂

(Btw I keep trying to leave comments and half the time I lose them because I have to be signed into Wordpress. Not sure if this is happening to anyone else or if I’m just a goober. Which is entirely likely.)

meandmypassport September 27, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Totally agree. Travel always reminds me to be present and enjoy the moment. Cute monkeys 🙂

Nurse-issistic Travels September 27, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Browsing through pics from previous travels can either put a big smile on my face or make me teary-eyed. Either way, the make happy memories and with it comes happy tears.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 29, 2012 - 2:48 am

Oh darling these photos are sensational!!!!!! WOW!

This Battered Suitcase September 29, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Domestiphobia – It must be due to the fact that I don’t allow anonymous commenting anymore, I’m sorry! I was just getting too many spam comments…

Meandmypassport – I’m glad you agree! Thanks for your comment…

Nurse-isstic Travels – Absolutely. Well said!

Andi – Thank you so much!

HMS October 3, 2012 - 10:46 am

I am in Pushkar at the moment, it send it’s love to you. Loved the pictures x

This Battered Suitcase October 4, 2012 - 12:35 am

HMS – Sigh. Have an amazing time!! xx


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