"A small town is a place where there's no place to go where you shouldn't. " Burt Bacharach
Sometimes the best way to explore is by car with a camera and good friends. You can stop and stay where you want, for as long as you want.
“I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Belloc
One World Foundation
Wathuregama Sri Lanka
In 1984 Kathrin Messner and her husband Josef Ortner brought a plot of land in a small fishing village 70km south of Colombo with the idea of establishing a school.
To support the school they opened the Bogenvillya guesthouse which offers Ayurvedic treatments and meals. Today the Bogenvillya's Head Chef Chamila Piyantha, runs a small kitchen that prepares wonderful dishes from local ingredients, based on the principals of Ayurveda.
In 1995 the One World Foundation was established and opened a school with 100 students and 3 teachers. The school has grown to 1,100 children and adults and employs 37 teachers.
One World provides free education for preschool and grades 1 thru 11 and occupational training programs are available for women.
"I gave myself up, during my sojourn in the Alhambra, to all the romantic and fabulous traditions connected with the pile. I lived in the midst of an Arabian tale, and shut my eyes, as much as possible, to every thing that called me back to every-day life; and if there is any country in Europe where one can do so, it is in poor, wild, legendary, proud-spirited, romantic Spain; where the old magnificent barbaric spirit still contends against the utilitarianism of modern civilization." Tales of the Alhambra, Washington Irving
“...having bowed to the inevitability of the dictum that we must eat to live, we should ignore it and live to eat...” M.F.K. Fisher, An Alphabet for Gourmets
Tieton, WA Laundry Mat 2015
Clean, bold, tired, minimalist space that vibrated with color and pattern.
Tieton WA Santos Bakery 2015
A well used general store with no desire to be fancy.
The Bowmount Motel Penticton BC
It is odd when you find a hotel or motel that isn't trying to impress you.
After a six hour drive from Seattle we arrived in Penticton to find a motel efficiency apartment with a strange vibe. Clean and ready for us but nothing inside that made it feel welcoming. I had a brief moment to capture my first impressions while the car was getting unpacked. Once we settled in the rooms would lose that feeling of emptiness and be replaced by our presence.
"In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there's this strange thing: you're never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well." Hannah Kent
It was late May and we thought we would be met by spring but we were in for a few surprises. Driving to the northwest fjords we navigated a mountain pass in a heavy snow storm. Settling in Heyderla we hiked, and spent a bit longer then planned because our southern route was still snowed over.
The most interesting people live in these beautiful, remote places like Heydarla. You may not get to know them well but you know they are resilient, hardworking, can live part of the year on a few hours of sunlight, and are content living miles, many miles from the nearest settlement, the nearest gas pump.
You understand why. The beauty of the landscape wraps around you and you are exposed, humbled and astonished. Here is a place where nature far exceeds your expectations.
Interiors from top: Heyderla farmhouse inn, Hotel Hellnar, Reykavik guest house.
All images © 2015 Marcia Glover