Travel theme: Mischievous

The idea of mischievous courting couples getting risqué on joggling boards in Charleston got me rooting through my travel shots for other mischievous photos, starting with this outdoor privvy in NYC, just across the street from the Chelsea Hotel.

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Wandering around Snug Harbor Botanic Gardens on Staten Island, I spotted this stealthy squirrel, definitely up to no good.

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Maximón is a rather unusual deity venerated by many villagers throughout Guatemala. Part pre-Columbian Mayan (possibly a reincarnation of the Mayan god Mam), part Christian (St. Simon) and one hundred percent scoundrel, this is a god that drinks and smokes and gets up to all kinds of mischief. I visited a Maximón shrine tucked away in the back streets of Santiago Atitlán but he was in evidence everywhere. There were shelves full of mini-Maximóns for sale in Antiguan stores, dark little figures with gaping mouths waiting to receive a lit cigarette as an offering.

A group of drunkard gods waiting for a lit cigarette.

High up on Hurricane Ridge in the heart of the Olympic Mountains, this feisty deer got right up in my face demanding a piece of my sandwich. I couldn’t in good conscience give her any, because she was wild, although clearly acclimatized to humans – bad tourists! – but as I was attempting to dissuade her from her mission to de-sandwich me, a raven stole the other half of my lunch – a bowl of tomato soup – leaving a great red soupy streak across the snowy slopes. I’m convinced the two of them were working as a team.

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How mischievous are you feeling right now?  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: Mischievous
  • 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

I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment. – D.H. Lawrence

Neverland is the way I would like real life to be… timeless, free, mischievous, filled with gaiety, tenderness and magic. – Mary Martin

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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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78 Responses to Travel theme: Mischievous

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    What a marvellous array of mischief, Ailsa.

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh how fun are your photos this week. I adored them. The toilet sign is just to fun. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      I had a good giggle when I spotted that outdoor toilet, Cee – with its great big chain to stop someone from running off with it along the streets of Manhattan. I wonder if they take it in at night, just in case someone staggering home from a bar might actually try to use it… 🙂

  3. suej says:

    What larks! Great set of fun shots – I’m off to see if I can finnd any mischief…..

  4. Those Olympic mts are such a wonderful place….Obviously the locals feel if they share the views and their backyard, you must bring the snacks and share the sandwich.
    (That squirrel does look ready to leap and take revenge or something!)

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    • ailsapm says:

      Wow, that was quick, Vlad! Great post, I’m fascinated by the vultures eating the rubber lining around car windows – we’ve got crows here in Ireland that peck the putty out from around house windows. Thieves, the lot of them! 🙂

  6. My husband being Mischievous-doesn’t happen that often!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    https://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/travel-thememischievious/

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  8. I loved this theme. Very fun. Not sure I can come up with a series of photos. We’ll see 🙂

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  10. Great choices, Ailsa! Hehehe, they made me laugh. 🙂
    Here is my entry: https://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/travel-theme-mischievous/

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  12. dyule2014 says:

    This is very different Thank you

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  15. Leya says:

    Mischievous! How fun – but yours are great! I don’t know if I can manage this, though…

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  18. Jaspa says:

    The prairie dogs of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are definitely a mischievous bunch…

    https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/theodore-roosevelt-national-park-north-dakota/

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  21. mickscogs says:

    I love the photo of the feisty deer and her accomplice. Add your own interpretation to my contribution:
    https://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/travel-theme-mischievous/

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  23. Such fun pics, Ailsa, especially the loo. 🙂

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  28. Hehehe..this was indeed funny.:-)

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  31. lexklein says:

    Such a fun post!

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