Travel theme: Clean

I’ve just been catching up on the week’s news and I audibly (and, it turns out, appropriately) gasped when I read this article in The Guardian about Beijing’s pollution crisis and canned air – or the alternative, bagged mountain air as photographed by Getty here. First we bottle water, now air; we’re running out of natural resources to commodify. Is it just me, or does this read like the opening scene of a really bad post-apocalyptic sci-fi?

In sympathy for the plight of beleaguered Beijing residents and in disbelief at worldwide corporate greed perpetuating the downward spiral of our environment, I’m choosing the theme Clean for this week’s theme. Freshly fallen snow makes everything seem cleaner, turning New York‘s Central Park into a winter wonderland.

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It was laundry day when I visited Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. All along the shoreline women were busy scrubbing clothes in the lapping lake waters.

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I was sitting on a park bench in Manhattan’s Battery Park when this little bird landed right next to me and proceeded to groom herself. Her antics were so funny I couldn’t stop myself from taking a few photos. She didn’t care; she stayed put until she was nice and clean.

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Raindrop-sprinked lilacs in springtime are about the freshest, cleanest scent I know.

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Are you ready to make a clean sweep? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Clean
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

It’s time for some spring cleaning!

xxx Ailsa

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you see the world. – George Bernard Shaw

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel. – Scott Adams

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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93 Responses to Travel theme: Clean

  1. photosbyandy says:

    I am that person who knows exactly where every snick of dirt came from in my house. It may be cluttered in the fashion of many a household with little kids but I know how clean it all is and inversely how unclean it all is. Cleaning can be a daunting task! After living in a foreign country for a short time, I realized how much of our US lives are STERILE. Not bad… just different. One of my favorite smells is the world after a good rain in the spring when everyone is cutting their grass. – the wifey

  2. Lynne Ayers says:

    I love your choices – all ones I would have chosen. And the scent of lilacs? Heavenly.

  3. Leya says:

    This will be intresting! Great choice and I do love that little bird…!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh she was hysterical, Leya. I was cracking up watching her and she just didn’t care that I was there. She must have been awfully dirty to be so dedicated.

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  6. Ese' s Voice says:

    Those lilacs are magic, Ailsa!
    Here’s me going all clean: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/travel-theme-clean/

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  9. Many are incredulous that the waters around Manhattan are clean enough to swim in. But it’s true— http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/04/11/travel-theme-clean/

    • Pamela says:

      I wondered at that, Vladimir. My neighbour’s child was near death for many weeks, having developed Weir’s Disease (I think that’s the name) after kayaking on the river Liffey. Twelve months later, she is still feeling the effects, bless her.

  10. Oh the little one is adorable, Ailsa! Thanks for another great challenge and have a clean weekend :)

    Here’s my take on ‘clean’: http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/travel-theme-clean/

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  13. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa and everybody friends…
    Here my clean pictures !

    http://max510.com/2014/04/11/weekly-travel-theme-clean/

  14. travtrails says:

    It is a clean sweep

  15. Great theme and photos. :D

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  17. loganbruin says:

    In Mexico City there used to be booths where you could pay for a minute of fresh air. That was in the days when birds actually fell out of the sky from not being able to breathe.

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  19. Jaspa says:

    I love the picture of the little bird cleaning itself, Ailsa. But your photo of Central Park got me thinking of snow… http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/a-private-viewing-of-mount-rushmore/

  20. What an interesting and important post.I will try to do it just . See you later in the week.

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  22. Francesca says:

    Hi Ailsa, Good theme this week. I love the lilac shot! Here’s my offering, from Tasmania , Australia.

    http://almostitalian.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/travel-theme-clean/

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  24. dadirri7 says:

    such beautiful choices Ailsa, I adore that lilac! Here is mine, all the one clean country http://dadirridreaming.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/clean-bhutan/

  25. mithriluna says:

    Great choice for a theme Ailsa! My sister spends 9 months out of the year in Shanghai due to work. She tells us of the horrid pollution there as well. If she ever goes outside, she needs to wear a mask. This week she’s going home to California and staying for 6 weeks and looking forward to clean air and healthy food. I plan to post but still trying to figure out a picture. :)

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  32. pommepal says:

    Interesting theme this week Ailsa. Love your interpretation. I can smell the lilac from here…
    My vote for the cleanest country. http://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/travel-theme-clean

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  36. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful images you have this week!
    Here is my entry. I went with raindrops on flowers.

    http://ceenphotography.com/2014/04/12/travel-theme-clean/

  37. ambien0 says:

    WONDERFUL post! I can just smell those lilacs!

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  39. suej says:

    Love those lilacs, Ailsa! And the cute little bird, so dedicated in its cleaning ritual!

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