Boxeo en Cuba, Part Two

LisaBrockman_20140326_CUBA_6903-EditOne more look at the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio in Havana . . . this time with the youngsters.  Every bit as intense as their adult comrades, but with a lot of hamming it up for cameras.  A really fun time, for sure!

Enjoy

Lisa

April 2014

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I Did Not Come Here to Lose – Boxeo in Cuba

Three years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Rafael Trejo Gimnasio in Havana, Cuba during the morning workout.  I met the most amazing men – so incredibly determined and fierce.  Last month, I was able to return and was thrilled to find one of those gentlemen at the gym and working just as hard. And, as his shirt attests, he did not come there to lose!

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Again, the boxers and their coach, Papa Nardo Mestre, were kind enough to let me hang around and document their workout.   I sure hope I get the chance to get back there again.

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Enjoy their hard work!

Lisa

April 2014

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Sri Lanka – The Pinnawala Elephants

LisaBrockman_20130810_Kandy_818Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, in the hills of Sri Lanka near Kandy, is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. With close to 100 elephants, nestled in 25 acres of coconut forest, Pinnawalla has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Originally established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation to care for orphaned unweaned wild elephants.

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On a daily basis (at scheduled times) the females and calves are herded together by the mahouts and walked right through the center of the village from the sanctuary to the Oya River where they bathe and hang out for a few hours before being herded back to the Sanctuary. It is quite the tourist attraction, complete with snack bars and viewing areas – and lots of tourists. That said, if you wander off to the edges where there are no human-creature comforts, you can be rewarded with some up-close, highly entertaining fun with the elephants – especially the youngsters who are all about rolling around in the water and are quite curious about the humans watching them.

LisaBrockman_20130810_Kandy_562I have mixed feelings about the orphanage. I started to write more here and have finally decided not to. If you are interested in the issue, there’s lots of info available on the internet to help you come to your own conclusions. For now, I will just share some images taken in the Oya River. Enjoy the elies . . . .

Lisa

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The Banana Men of Pettah Market – Colombo Sri Lanka

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In Pettah Market, the banana men work hard.  It is hot (really hot).  The men carry many pounds of bananas on their backs and shoulders.  Their shirts are pulled up over their shoulders to provide a place to hold their cargo where the sweat of their bodies won’t cause it to slip off.  Most wear only ragged flip-flops on their feet.  Bent half over from the weight, they transport the bananas from the trucks to the steamy warehouses and back out to the waiting trucks of the buyers.  They do this with little more than the strength of their own bodies and and perhaps, if they are lucky, with a claw-hook to help hold the bananas bunches secure.  It is hard, hard work.  Yet they took the time to smile and engage with me – pose for a few photographss and laugh at the results on the back of my camera.  Then on to the next load . . .

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More from Sri Lanka to come . .

Lisa

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Stoned in Peru

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Inca Stoned, that is . . .

In Peru, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, high in the Andes, is all about the stones.  Stone walls. Stone steps. Stone monuments. Stone buildings.  Stones.  Stones.  Stones.  And wow, are they stunning.

Add in the magnificence of the Andes and, of course, Machu Picchu  . . . and you have a truly spectacular landscape.

Happy New Year to All!  May 2014 be filled with love and adventure!

Lisa

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Peru – Slow Time in Pisac

A couple of slow days in the Inca Valley town of Pisac and the surrounding hills.  Sunday market.  Sunday church.  Llamas.  Weavers.  And beautiful vistas.  Smiling faces.

Good days.

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Happy Christmas!

LisaBrockman_20131223_StellaXmas_064-Edit-2-2Wishing you all a joyous Christmas and a New Year full of love, light and adventure!

Lisa

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