Travel theme: Time

Seasons are changing and clocks are springing forward and falling back in the places around the globe that observe daylight savings time. With all this change afoot, I can’t help but think about the passing of time. Looking at past photographs from my travels I found quite a few clocks, from the iconic clock in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal, New York …

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and the trusted meeting spot under the Eason’s clock in Dublin

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to the bright, modern clocks of downtown Seattle.

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But there are plenty of other things that remind me of the passing of time, like lengthening shadows on brightly painted houses in Antigua, Guatemala …

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or an abandoned record store in Asbury Park along the Jersey Shore …

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and the faded glory of another time along the Coney Island boardwalk.

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How do you visualize time? If you would like to join in this week’s timely travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Time
  • 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
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I’m still getting caught up on last week’s green posts, but if you’re ready for this week’s theme, the clock starts now!

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. 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 - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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207 Responses to Travel theme: Time

  1. minqan says:

    Clocks are fascinating, but also perception of time in many places. I’ve travelled around the world and it’s interesting to see how in some places you are not supposed to be a second too late, in some other not a minute too early, but not either late, in others when you frcide some time and show up on time the host will be surpriced, sometimes people get mad if they have to wait more then ten minutes in a restaurant and in others more then two hours is normal. Sometimes bus leaves right on the planned time and in other places the time is not important, the bus leaves when it’s full. I love the different perception of time in different places and trying to adjust.

    • ailsapm says:

      Really interesting observation about different perceptions of time and attitudes to timeliness around the world, minqan. Oh, those buses that leave only when they’re full, those are my favourite ones. 🙂

      • loganbruin says:

        I had a German girlfriend who would be mad at me if I was 20 seconds late. . . or is that all women? She certainly didn’t mind being an hour late. . . ;o)

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  3. I was thinking how it must be the most fun being the ‘host’ of a challenge because you get to pick the topic and ‘express’ about it and you can look at your gallery of photos ‘before’ posting your idea. (That’s more than enough quotation marks for one comment!) This post is fabulous. I love the spot on perspectives of time. Hope to be back. G

    • ailsapm says:

      It really is a lot of fun, Gemma – especially when I see what other people come up with. There are usually so many ways to interpret a theme that I’m almost always surprised. My favourite part of composing the theme is trying to come up with the tragically bad puns or idioms I shove in towards the end of the article 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing your post! xxx

  4. restlessjo says:

    Tricky subject. I have a son who is NEVER on time, and my husband would say I’m not much better. Oh, dear- no time to post today!

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, I have a father much the same, Jo – if he’s picking me up from the airport I usually tell him I’m arriving an hour earlier than I actually am, that way I’m only waiting around for about 30 minutes or so. 😉

  5. “It’s the time of the season”.
    I love the Asbury Park and Coney shots.

    • ailsapm says:

      I hear the record store is set to be refurbished as a restaurant. I kind of hope they keep those tattered old record posters outside, they’re so cool. 🙂

  6. aj vosse says:

    Tic… toc, toc… and again toc toc, tic… toc…
    There’s a problem with church’s steeple clock
    Is it caused by a lose cog or jammed sprock?
    OK, I’ll go before in my mouth you shove a sock!

    😉 That’ll give me a bit of time to think… 😛

  7. John says:

    Time – the fire in which we burn.

  8. markd60 says:

    I’ve viewed time as a river before as well.

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  11. This is an interesting theme, Ailsa. And I enjoyed your collection a lot.
    Here’ s my entry: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/travel-theme-time/

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  13. cinova says:

    Great theme, Ailsa. Here’s my take on time and some midnight ramblings. http://cinova.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/travel-theme-time/

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  15. I like all of those clocks; although they are too large to fit into my home. 😦 My photo takes an adjusted spin on time: http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/travel-theme-ancient-time/

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  17. Jody says:

    I had a lot of fun with this week’s theme! Great idea with so very many possible interpretations!

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  20. loganbruin says:

    It’s about TIME! ;o)
    Eeek, gargoyles!
    Have you ever been to the Copenhagen train station? They have a “meeting place” in the lobby that features two giant neon hands shaking, a modernistic take on Eason.
    As usual, I have little to choose from in your obscure categories, but also as usual I bullied through to the other side. Most of all, I’m glad for the chance to finally put up my photo of the ancient Japanese water clock. . . ;o)
    http://loganbruin.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/travel-theme-time/

  21. Pictures of clocks are always fascinating – maybe it’s because people can’t control time and are trying to see how?
    Great shot of the light fixture and the barred window.

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  23. ilargia64 says:

    Hi Ailsa….Great pics…
    Here is my post..
    http://ilargia64.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/just-a-frozen-moment/
    Hugs from Spain!

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  26. 2.25 but last year…..autumn, so glad I’m now waiting for spring, not winter! http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/travel-themetime/

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  29. kz says:

    those are really cool ^^ i couldn’t find many clock photos so i decided on a different approach ^^

    http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/metropolis-ii/

    i’m combining challenges ^^

    http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/weekly-photo-challenge-future-tense/

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  31. Ailsa, once again you have anticipated the Weekly Photo Challenge! 🙂 I couldn’t help but use this photo that seems to me to symbolize both themes: http://windagainstcurrent.com/2013/03/22/weekly-photo-challenge-travel-theme-time-future-tense/

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s a little spooky when that happens with the weekly photo challenge 🙂 You posted my absolute favourite photo, Vlad, I wonder if she had a boy or a girl. xxx

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  34. Hi Alisa, great pictures as always! Here are my two choices for the week, taken during a trip to Santa Fe, NM. http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/03/22/travel-theme-time/

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    • Interesting. Does this show on your page as though it posted from my other (newer, barely launchable) blog which actually isn’t connected to beyondpaisley? It does on mine. Weird interwebs.

  36. Love the theme! Excited! 🙂

  37. ledrakenoir says:

    Great theme, and some wonderful photos… 🙂

    I love this quote about time:
    “If you don’t have time to do it right,
    when will you have time to do it over.?”
    (John Wooden)

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  40. You know me, I had to somehow make this about nature, and I’m pretty please with what I came up with =) The perfect timing necessary to capture the spectacular crashing of waves!

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan @ TheRewildWest

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  43. Barbara says:

    You’ve given yourself away as a Northsider! 😉
    I decided to do mine on London this time : http://looneyatoms.com/2013/03/22/travel-theme-time/

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  45. Ben Nelson says:

    Great photos – I love you take on time – mine is much more simple. http://wp.me/p2Cq37-eW

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