Travel theme: Symbol

I’ve been sitting here listening to  tributes pour in from world leaders for Nelson Mandela and the word I hear used over and over is symbol – a symbol of peace, freedom, humility, unity, transformation and hope. As a tribute to an extraordinary man and a life well lived, let’s give the week over to all things symbolic.

One of my favourite symbols, the flute-playing Kokopelli, is depicted in petroglyphs all over the southwest and on pottery dating as far back as 850AD. He bestows fertility and rainfall, overseeing childbirth and agriculture. This piece was created by an artist I met in Canyon de Chelly last summer.

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Ancestral Puebloans left their mark on the walls of their cliff dwellings at Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde.

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Sitting on a New York rooftop by candlelight watching the city dim during Earth Hour. Turning off the lights for an hour won’t solve the environmental issues we face; rather it is meant as a symbolic gesture to be more aware year round. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a number of lights turn off in the Big Apple, including the Empire State Building.

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If you would like to make your mark with your own interpretation of this week’s theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Symbol
  • 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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xxx Ailsa

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela  RIP


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 - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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151 Responses to Travel theme: Symbol

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  2. pdjpix says:

    Hi Ailsa. Love your Kokopelli image. My interpretations are all over the place. regards Peet

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  4. restlessjo says:

    What a lovely thought, Ailsa 🙂 If I can make time later this week I’ll join you. With you in spirit anyway. Have a great week!
    Love that shot from Earth Day- such a powerful symbol! And the first would make a lovely pendant (to scale, of course!) 🙂

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  10. What a lovely thought provoking post Ailsa, I love that last shot and the story behind it 🙂
    Here is my take on your theme

  11. poppytump says:

    Hi Ailsa love your selection there !
    A challenge I couldn’t resist …we might have crossed paths 😉

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  16. randee says:

    Your Kokopelli made me think of my Christmas tree ornaments!

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  18. Great theme, Ailsa. Love the beautiful artwork in your second pic. 🙂

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  20. K2 in Canada says:

    I think I found the perfect picture – no interpretation needed :-).

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  22. ibuseno says:

    Hello Alisa, love ur symbol., and here my interpretation about symbol

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  28. Neat theme Ailsa, mine is a symbol found in nature, caution:

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  31. Ailsa, thanks for giving us a space to pay tribute.
    I SO LOVE the Kokopelli!

  32. kokopelli! I am about to post about a stained glass I made with the figure. Who would have known! 🙂

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  42. Amy says:

    These are really cool symbols, Ailsa! Here is mine entry

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