Travel theme: Youngsters

It’s May 1st and all around the world at this time of year ancient peoples celebrated the primal urge to, ahem, pass their genes on to the next generation. Easter bunnies, easter eggs and maypoles all had their roots in fertility rituals of yore, so in honour of the day that’s in it, here’s an homage to the next generation. First up, near the Rock of Cashel, a new generation of black sheep wearing coats a little too big for them.

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The younger generation of Holi festival-goers in Maple Valley.

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A mum and her babies floating on a ghastly green pond in the Hamptons. Apparently the village pond had been the victim of some pranksters the night before I visited. The pond returned to its normal colour a couple of days later.

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Last but definitely not least, a teeny, tiny, fuzzy baby spider monkey in the jungles of Tikal.

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So embrace the spirit of the season and show off some youngsters of your own. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Youngsters
  • 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

There’s something missing about how we’re informing the youngsters coming along about what matters in the world. We teach them the numbers and the letters, but we fail to communicate the importance of our connection to the living world. – Sylvia Earle

Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub. – Erma Bombeck

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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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79 Responses to Travel theme: Youngsters

  1. So important to nourish, nurture, and teach the young ones….I love the picture of the 3 little girls, their eyes bright like intelligent, exuberant stars 🙂

  2. aj vosse says:

    Wonder about the maypoles? Were all the eligible young lads tied up so they couldn’t run from the fair maidens?? Fun!! 🙄

    • ailsapm says:

      The raising of the maypole was symbolic of other things, umm, on the rise, if you know what I mean, AJ, nudge nudge wink wink. I don’t think the eligible young lads were running away from the fair maidens, towards them might be more accurate. 🙂

  3. Leya says:

    A lovely theme! I’ll see what I can come up with…Simply adore those little girls.

  4. Heyjude says:

    Those youngsters are adorable – I’d love to have seen the colour of their bath-water that night!

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Jude, I found out the hard way that colour takes an age to come out, I was slightly purple with pink hair for the best part of a week. 🙂

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  6. Hi Ailsa,
    A perfect theme for May Day. Thanks for another great challenge. Here is my response: https://naomibaltuck.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/you-cant-change-that/

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely, Naomi, I adore that photo of the little girl with the huge apple! 🙂

      • Thank you, Ailsa! That’s my little girl, who is studying abroad at Oxford right now!

        • ailsapm says:

          My how time flies. I hope she’s having fun at Oxford, it’s quite a magical place. xxx

          • Hi Ailsa,
            She is seeing so much of the countryside, went to Ireland on her first weekend, London with her History of London class, to Bath, just for fun on a day off, and is determined to learn how to punt, as well as studying in those hallowed halls! I will pass on your good wishes–thanks so much! xoxo

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  8. Leya says:

    A typical bird from olden days in Sweden and Walpuris Night with the lambs in the last rays of sun http://wp.me/p1hCI2-4lq

  9. ailsapm says:

    Those baby birds are so cute, Leya. I love how similar global traditions can be, Walpurgis night is full of bonfires, song and dance just like Beltaine. 🙂

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  12. klara says:

    they are all so adorable. lovely theme.
    here is my contribution:
    http://lessywannagohome.blogspot.be/2015/05/travel-theme-youngsters.html

  13. Great photos. Will have to search and see what I can come up with.

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  15. Max510 says:

    Hi everybody friends
    Two birds with a stone this week
    Hope you like it
    http://max510.com/2015/05/02/youngster-in-his-intricate-nest/

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  17. I’ve gone for children rather than wildlife for this one (although I was tempted to share some kangaroo joeys). http://aglasshalf-full.com/2015/05/02/teaching-youngsters-about-culture/

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  20. pommepal says:

    All youngsters are adorable Ailsa, love this theme. Here’s my clutch of cuties. https://memoriesaremadeofthisblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/travel-theme-youngsters/

  21. Here is my contribution to this great Theme: Kids in Brandon, Ireland: http://wp.me/p4YOtr-1Kt

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  23. fgassette says:

    Here is my entry: http://wp.me/p23TG1-3Ur

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  27. fayenorth says:

    What fun! I don’t photograph many people (or animals) so I featured sights and activities that would appeal to youngsters: http://destinationfiction.blogspot.ca/2015/05/travel-theme-youngsters.html

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  32. hi everybody … here’s my take on this week’s Youngster Travel Theme challenge!
    https://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/ailsas-travel-theme-youngsters/

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  34. goannasnake says:

    Hi Ailsa. I just happened to snap these two on my walk this morning. Thanks for a lovely challenge.
    https://jennysotherstuff.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/travel-theme-youngsters-hop-to-it-kiddo/

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