Wonderful and much needed Pre-Christmas vacation with friends I hadn’t seen for about 4 years. First time in Charlestown, first time in SC. I kept expecting people to speak in a different language, I felt so far from the Northeast. But then again, it was a 16 hour drive, Rome would have been quicker.
Pier at Folly Beach
Pier at night
Waiting for sunset
Folly Beach just after sunset
Angel Oak. Right out of Middle Earth.
Took the Scenic Route (Route 17). Stopped in Georgetown.
I live about 12 miles from the recent Sandyhook/Newtown shooting. I don’t have any children of my own but I have young nieces and nephews that I love very much. Children seem to be frequently portrayed as carefree, blissful, innocent etc which they are in the right conditions. Conditions are not perfect all the time. The impact such events has on young minds may be imeasurable and long lasting and my heart goes out to the community and the families.
I now reminisce about children in my community back in Zimbabwe. The picture below shows a small farm community in the middle of the country in the area I grew up.
The children in this small farming community have no easy access to some basics. Their faces make me think of the resilience of young children. Which gives me hope for their future.
I decided the avoid the turkey induced comas of thanksgiving and make my way to Istanbul for a few culture-of-a-different-sort filled days.
Hagia Sofya after a brief rainshower.
Inside Hagia Sofya
Courtyard at the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque