Travel theme: Slow

Can you believe it’s December already? The year seems to have flown by, so in an attempt to make time slow down a little, here’s a celebration of all things unhurried and plodding. Like these cows at Coral Pink Sand Dunes who were in no rush to get out of our way…

cows black coral pink sand dunes state park utah road trip

…or this girl in Boston who moved so slowly you wouldn’t even notice it.

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Passenger trains in the US make my slow list because I’ve experienced the greatness of their lateness first hand. They don’t own the tracks they travel on, so usually end up having to give way to money-making freight trains.

Lake Shore Limited, Amtrak, USA, train journey

Slower moving still, this sunken boat near Athy in Ireland.

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This one is a total cheat, it’s sloe berries, but they sound slow, don’t they? Anyway, it takes a long time for them to reach their pickable prime, lore has it you have to wait until after the first frost to pick them, so I suppose you could say they are slow to ripen.

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I’m hoping you can find some slow time to create your own interpretation of this theme. 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: Slow
  • 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!

xxx Ailsa

A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened. – Albert Camus

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. – Moliere


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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65 Responses to Travel theme: Slow

  1. danajdewey says:

    Nice photo. Brings back memories of swamping canoes and dingys on Lake Coeur d’ Alene in the 60’s.

  2. suej says:

    Oh, great theme Ailsa…I’ll have to think about this one!

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  4. Beautiful and refreshing examples of slow, Ailsa. Love it!
    Here’s my entry:
    Have a slow and relaxed weekend xxx

  5. Lovely photos. I will have to think about this one. 😀

  6. Pat says:

    What a great post on the theme of slow. My favorite is the sloe berries.

  7. mickscogs says:

    Look at Ailsa’s post? Sleep in? No Ailsa’s post wins hands down. Great mix of slows. Not sure if I’ll come up with anything.

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  9. Lovely theme, Ailsa. I’ll do this if I have the time. 🙂

  10. chava61 says:

    After having taken the high speed trains in China, I agree that the trains in the USA are slow!

  11. DagEnDauw says:

    Hi Ailsa,
    Great theme again and what a coinsidence, “Slow” ‘s my pets’ middle name;
    still dressed up since last Newyearseve… one might say he’s fast in it’s own way for he’s allready prepared for the upcoming festivities 😉

    Have a great weekend!

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  13. Fascinating theme Ailsa – and wonderful examples! I love the nonchalance of the cows! Here’s mine:

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  15. Love this week’s theme and your photos! Here is my entry:

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  18. batrouney says:

    Loved this…we are spending the weekend packing house…so was great to take some time out and focus on slow…

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  20. I certainly needed a reason to take a step back. Thanks for the challenge! 🙂

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  23. ninano says:

    I posted some photos of slow traffic in the Cuban countryside. And a couple of slow lawn mowers.

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  26. Leya says:

    Lovely theme – lovely shots! My favourite is the cow. Here’s my entry – animals and people

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  30. goannasnake says:

    Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the slow pace of life. Why rush? Sometimes you can’t, even if you want to.

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  34. jenny says:

    Ahhh, sloe gin…a real winter favourite of mine! Home-made is definitely best – slow but so worth it! 🙂 Here’s my take for this week:

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  38. suej says:

    Oh, I could have many interpretations of this, but I’ve stuck with one ;

  39. SLOWLY … the world is waking up!
    The people realize that it is time to react and try to save our planet… but WE must act quickly… because postpone to “tomorrow” it’s an excuse that we must not welcome!
    Serenity to all of you 🙂 claudine

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  44. Francesca says:

    Hello Ailsa, I am feeling extra slow after a mini get away where I saw this slow animal.

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