Travel theme: Balance

All around me friends are struggling to find a healthy work-life balance, while the planet is wobbling ever further out of balance at an alarming rate. So, to restore a semblance of balance into somewhat precarious times, here are a few zen-like, restorative photos to calm things down. First up, a rather talented yoga practitioner at a mass group yoga session in Times Square for the Summer Solstice.  Nice one, New York.

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Learning to walk the tightrope at May Day celebrations in Seattle.

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Channeling animals with Tai Chi at the Chinese New Year celebrations in Dublin’s Temple Bar.

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Perfectly balanced tops on fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.

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I hope he doesn’t lose his balance. I don’t fancy a face full of squirrel, thanks.

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xxx Ailsa

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman – and each nation  – must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem. – Lyndon B. Johnson

The delicate balance between modesty and conceit is popularity. – Max Beerbohm

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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37 Responses to Travel theme: Balance

  1. aj vosse says:

    I fear the scales are tipping… I don’t know in who’s favour?? 😉

  2. I was just about to use that Einstein quote in another post.
    Great minds and all 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha nice one, Dawn, that quote never fails to make me smile, I have this picture of Einstein riding a bike that always springs to mind when I read that quote. 🙂

  3. great pics……… is my post for this week, I was as lucky with my archives this week.

  4. I am staring at that yoga practitioner in absolute awe, Ailsa. Such balance and control. The girl on the tightrope is adorable, as is the squirrel. Tai Chi is all about balance too, so excellent choices, dear.

    Here’s my photo:

    Have a balanced weekend! x

    • ailsapm says:

      I love your ice skating theme, great take on the theme, Marion, it’s definitely all about balance, I love ice skating but I remember as a kid when I was just starting out it felt like I’d never get the hang of it. 🙂

  5. ksbeth says:

    wonderful –

  6. pommepal says:

    Great theme, we certainly need more balance in this world. As I watched these identical twins perform it was like looking in a mirror they were so balanced.

  7. smilecalm says:

    this makes it easier
    to sit more still
    in this chair 🙂

  8. Jaspa says:

    For a while there I was fixated on your great hoodoos photo, Ailsa. Then I thought of somewhere you might recognise…

  9. cubusregio says:

    Hi Ailsa, here is my balance-no-balance-entry:

  10. Leya says:

    Great gallery and theme, Ailsa! here are my favourite students 2012!

  11. zuludelta45 says:

    I think i’ll go out and ride my bike now!!

  12. travelrat says:

    My idea of a well-balanced meal … a beer in one hand and a pie in the other! My contribution at

  13. says:

    The fairy chimneys are just beautiful ! The world IS wobbling > Thanks for the calm!

  14. Jane Lurie says:

    Love your balanced images, Ailsa. Great idea.

  15. you have an amazing blog! i’m thankful i have followed you. i had just started my blog and kinda wondering if you could also check it out. my theme is travels in the Cebu, Philippines.

  16. Debbie Smyth says:

    I can’t get over that yoga shot. I’d have a sore nose if I tried that!
    Here is my balance depiction:

  17. yaswtanu says:

    Check out Balancing rocks, Jabalpur, you may be interested in those too… planning to write a post about this place very soon…

  18. Suaylia says:

    Yep balance is key and essential in life.

  19. Thanks for another great challenge! Here is my response:

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