Travel Theme: Entertainment

This week at Where’s My Backpack?, Ailsa asks, ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? Indeed I am. Here’s how.

Here’s a man doing a little violin busking on the Metro in Rome. Transportation AND a show? It’s a bargain!

He was good, too.

He was good, too.

For those of you who think I might have a mild obsession with New York Rangers hockey…you’d be right. Here’s a shot from a game George and I went to last year. Slide across the ice, Henrik! Slide! #LetsGoRangers

Fun fact: I bleed Rangers blue.

Fun fact: I bleed Rangers blue.

The things some of us do in the name of fun. Here’s roller coaster poised to take the plunge at Knoebel’s Amusement Park (sorry…Amusement Resort) in central PA.

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Mommy…MommyMommyMommyMommyMommy…MOTHER F*

Full disclosure: Once the lines die down, I will totally be one of the freaks on this ride. But, I am not a standing-in-line-type person. Moving on.

Tjörnin Lake is a prominent feature in downtown Reykjavik. Located right behind their City Hall, Tjörnin is surrounded by park benches and lots of picnicky-looking places for summer fun (I would imagine). In the winter, when it’s frozen over, residents take advantage of Tjörnin’s frozen surface for some cold-weather entertainment.

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Just another day on the lake in Reykjavik.

And finally.

If and when you go to Myrtle Beach, the Hollywood Wax Museum is a great way to entertain yourself and spend a day, particularly if you go in the winter and it’s unseasonably cold. But I dare you to get a picture as deranged as George’s photobomb of the Donny & Marie figures.

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I got your wholesome image riiiiiight heeeere.

I hope you had a fun time checking out the photo challenges! Thanks for stopping by.

Imma leave you with an opening segment from The Donny & Marie Show. Check out their inexplicable space palm tree bibs. 

Mmm hmmm. Saucy.

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Travel Theme: Routine

This week at Where’s My Backpack?, Ailsa offers us a glimpse into routine for her photo challenge. As I need to re-routinize myself to blogging with the new year, this seems auspicious. 🙂

Ever forward.

Welcome to a goalie practice at the Herb Brooks Arena (home of the 1980 Miracle on Ice US Olympic hockey team upset-slash-victory, and I was so excited to walk in there I felt like a five-year-old on Christmas Eve). There were CAN/AM teams in the arena practicing, and we got to watch goalies get some top-notch coaching. Over. And over. And get shelled by their teammates. Over. And over. And then they’d stop and talk about what happened. It was fantastic.

OK, so, we're going to do this for the hundredth time. You ready?

OK, Bob, we’re going to do this for the hundredth time today. You ready?

Closer to home, check out these kids performing one of their dance routines at the Lewisburg Arts Festival. Come for the dancing, stay for the hand-crafted jewelry (not pictured, but trust me…you want some). 

We ain't never had an arts festival like this!

We ain’t never had an arts festival like this!

Boat maintenance is never done, and if you want to keep that boat up and running you have to tend to it as part of your daily grind. Just ask this fellow, sanding away at his boat in a Venetian canal.

All work and no play...is pretty much what happens when you have a boat.

All work and no play…is pretty much what happens when you have a boat.

Next, it’s Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy! Who is doing a juggling routine with his own hat that seems to surprise even him.

HEY! Where did that thing come from?

HEY! Where did that thing come from?

And finally. Ducks and swans in Reykjavik‘s Lake Tjörnin are so accustomed to people feeding them, it seems they’ve incorporated patiently waiting for bread into their daily routines.

Hey, kid. You gonna finish that?

Hey, kid. You gonna finish that?

Side note: No, you’re not imagining things. Icelandic whooper swans really are the size of a small child.

And I will leave you with an Icelandic folk song written in honor of the raven. Because I am a giver.

Enjoy the photo challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

For a minute, I thought I’d take this photo challenge really, really seriously.  That I would wax metaphorically about movement, and post a picture of a river or a doorway or a hall, and talk about change and journeys and the symbolic representation of life.  Which is all well and good and a valid post.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

I wanted today’s photo challenge to be dynamic with in-your-face impact.  I didn’t want metaphor today; I wanted speed and agility.  Grrrl power.  Take no prisoners.  And so, for today’s photo challenge, I give you…

Roller derby.

The Pretty Little Skull Crushers (in pink) vs. The Guillotinas (in blue).
Hard to choose who to cheer for with names like that.

The Jingle Brawl was held on my birthday weekend, 2010, Williamsport, PA.   Pre-game and intermission entertainment were provided by a punk band (more info about Snakes Are Strong here), and Santa was chased around by two reindeer and wrestled to the ground because he wanted to keep all the candy canes.  Selfish Santa, foolish Santa.  Derby ladies ain’t gonna stand for that.  The day after the Jingle Brawl we went to New York and saw a Rangers game (they won), so all in all it was a sort of “mayhem with blood sports and boots of speed” weekend.

Boom.

Ladies, that’s what I call getting things done.  Thanks for the fine birthday weekend!

This is going to be a great challenge so I encourage everyone to check it out.  You can see all the entries here.  Or, check out some of the entries that have come up already, below:

http://photobyholly.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

http://366andallthat.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/photographer-takes-on-scarborough-breakers/

http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

http://disorderlychickadee.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/movement/

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