Travel theme: Camaraderie

Crossing a bridge over the Bandon River in Cork recently, my eye was caught by brightly-coloured canoes bobbing around in the river below. I stayed a while to watch as together, they got their entire group safely out of the turbulent waters and onto dry land. Just as soon as one member of the group pulled their canoe out of  the water, they turned around to assist the next person trying to get out, and so on until everyone was out.

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With atrocities around the world threatening to tear communities, townships and countries apart, this kind of unity is what we need to survive with our spirits and integrity intact. So this week is all about celebrating pure human connection,  like these guys building sandcastles in Tramore

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… stealing a secret tango in Seattle

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…stopping for coffee in Rome

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…and a circle of hands at Holi.

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I could have chosen many other terms for this week’s theme, such as solidarity, team spirit, fellowship or concord, but they all mean the same thing and “camaraderie” to me rang the friendliest and the least political. Use whichever one resonates most with you if you would like to create your own take on this week’s theme. Everyone’s welcome to join in – here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Camaraderie
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One of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible. – Ella Maillart

Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. – Heraclitus

There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, if rightly understood, is solitude made perfect. – Robert Louis Stevenson

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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64 Responses to Travel theme: Camaraderie

  1. Really like the pictures you’ve selected for this theme!

  2. Those grown-up guys building sand castles take the cake 🙂

  3. Love the once with the policemen!

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  7. Debbie Smyth says:

    Great theme Ailsa. And yes, a good choice of word for this important thing

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  9. leannenz says:

    As always I enjoyed your challenge very much! Here is my selection for Camaraderie. Thank you so much for hosting this awesome challenge. I look forward to it every week and enjoy the cameraderie it generates!

    • ailsapm says:

      Lovely shots, Leanne, that 3 day paddle up the Wanganui River sounds like it might have been quite a challenge. Bet it was lovely though. xxx

      • leannenz says:

        It was! I thought it was a kayak trip but when we got there we were in a canadian canoe. Neither my friend or I had ever pddled one before. Most of our group were in the big canoe with about 6 people but K and I opted for the twin Canoe. The paddle was 100kms but I swear we probably did about 130kms as we couldn’t keep it straight!

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  11. cocoaupnorth says:

    Hi Ailsa! Thank you for a great theme. You’ve captured it so well through your images, especially the circle of hands. Here’s my take:

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  13. smilecalm says:

    with others 🙂

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  15. Adorable and sweet theme, Ailsa. Thank you. Those guys are very hug’able! Well captured, as is the tango.
    Here is my take on camaraderie:
    Have a friendly weekend, dear.

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  22. Leya says:

    I agree – this is what we need. Good choice and great pictures! I didn’t know what to post, really, but looking through my autumn…this is of course IT from me.

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  26. Your theme this week is perhaps my most favorite yet; turning something horrific into a lesson toward something beautiful! Or, as I define it, turning alone-ness into “look-at-what-a-situation-we-are-in-together”-ness. . .

  27. When I saw your opening image and theme, it instantly reminded me of one of my earliest blog posts, about the team work involved in white water rafting. Thanks for the memory!

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  31. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my team-spirit-entry:

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  34. stephgost says:

    Great photos! I really enjoyed the travel theme this week. I went through most of my photos and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of love and friendship I have been able to observe up close and at a distance. Thank you for posting!

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  36. mukhamani says:

    The world would be a much better place if there had been more of Camaraderie:)

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  39. dyule2014 says:

    November 20, 2015 Were is my Back Pack’s Camaraderie photo’s wonderful selections

  40. Kalpanaa says:

    Delighted to have come across your blog. I loved the secret tango at Seattle but my favourite has to be those grown men building a sand castle. Brilliant theme. My offering is at

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  42. Not a gypsy... says:

    Loved this. 🙂 Will have to write one too!

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