Travel theme: Waves

I started off 2016 with a traditional plunge into the ice-cold waters of the Irish Sea.  A bitter wind churned up waves that drenched me long before I had waded out deep enough to swim, and as my teeth chattered and my legs turned blue, I decided upon this week’s theme. Here are some distinctly warmer waves from the sunny isles of Hawaii.

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Some more waves, this time etched in stone in Utah’s Zion National Park. Also a lot warmer than the waves I encountered today!

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Waves of colour streaking across the sky on a balmy July 4th evening over Manhattan.

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Folklife festival-goer waves a posy of flowers.

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Are you ready to wave goodbye to the old year and usher in the new year with your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Waves
  • 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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Wishing you a very happy New Year.

xxx Ailsa

Sit in reverie and watch the changing colour of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness. – James Gates Percival

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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60 Responses to Travel theme: Waves

  1. Francesca says:

    What an amazing thing to do- did you wear a wetsuit?

    • ailsapm says:

      Nope, just a swimsuit, it was pretty darned cold! But I planned ahead and brought a hot water bottle with me, figuring if I got really cold I could just tip the hot water over me to ‘ warm up. As it turned out, I didn’t get too cold at all, so I just snuggled with hot water bottle once I was back out of the ocean and wrapped in a blanket. Really great way to start the new year. Happy New Year to you, Francesca. 🙂

  2. I think you touched on every definition! lol

  3. Yikes – what a way to wake up to the New Year!

  4. Bill Hayes says:

    My wife did he same this morning off Lym Regis.

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s such a great way to start off the New Year – I wonder if it was as cold in Lyme Regis as it was in Dublin, you guys get away with growing some tropical trees down your way, don’t you? Happy New Year to you and your wife, Bill. 🙂

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  6. Majka says:

    Hi Ailsa, my best wishes for 2016 and here is my entry for your new topic

    • ailsapm says:

      Ah lovely, Majka, I was wondering who would be the first to post wavy hair 🙂 Happy New Year to you too. xxx Ailsa

      • Majka says:

        Thanks Ailsa! ☺ When I went through my archive and saw my daughter’s hair I knew this is a great example, yet I loved the motion in her hair. ☺

  7. Brrrr…that’s brave of you! Happy New Year!

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  11. Debbie Smyth says:

    Oh goodness, I’ll have to get a hot chocolate to warm me up after reading about your swim! Very brave!

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  13. aj vosse says:

    Tis madness… swimming in that sea!! o_O

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  20. klara says:

    brrrrrrrrrr…. I guess I would never ever (not even in summer) be able to swim in the Irish sea (unless it is at least 24°C :-)). it is a refreshing start of the year 😉
    here are my, more ripples than waves:

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  23. Donna Yule says:

    Thank you for your wonderful review of all your photo’s Travel Themes Happy New Years 2016

  24. Waves breaking at Australia’s most easterly point near Byron Bay.

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  29. travelrat says:

    Last time I took a New Years Day swim was in Adelaide! I took a vastly different view of waves (on dry land!) at

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  31. ardysez says:

    I’m awestruck. I don’t even like cold water in the middle of summer but I would positively run from it in the winter! Certainly you deserve a great year after that challenging start! Nice photos for a variety on the theme.

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  33. This is a fun post to begin the year, Ailsa. Here’s mine: Happy 2016!

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  35. Donna Yule says:

    January 3, 2015 Another wonderful post and Beautiful Photo of the Irish Sea wonderful to see looks cold. Happy New Years for all 2016. Success always

  36. wildsherkin says:

    Happy New Year Ailsa…. From one who paddles in her wellies… even in summer! 😁 Px

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  41. Under the Brooklyn Bridge in the East River, the waves are always fun… 😉

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  43. Justine says:

    “Homesickness comes in waves”

    My thoughts on travel, homesickness, and experiences the wonderful different things in life!

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