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DP: 32 Flavors


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Daily Prompt for 32 Flavors; Vanilla, Chocolate, or something else entirely.

When I joined the Navy in 2000, I had unknowingly become an anthropologist. Little did I know, that 10 years later, I would set out to go to college to become one, an anthropologist. An anthropologist studies humans and their origins, race, culture, societies, development, and a list of other things. There are 4 fields in Anthropology – Cultural, Physical, Linguistic, Archaeology.

Most of those in the military, especially the Navy, are unaware of their involvement as an anthropologist or that they are in a way more than diplomatic ambassadors, but they are also anthropologist. They travel to foreign countries as part of their duties, eat food from another country, talk to someone in their home country, shop in another country, walk around on soil that is foreign to them; it is all about submerging themselves into another person’s culture or society. I’m like a sponge, I love to soak it all in.

Before we pulled into port, we would have an idea of the things that we could see and do. A group of people are sent out before we pulled into port to find things that would be entertaining. Plus, they would locate the areas that weren’t safe for us and let us know. They would have tours set up and ready for us, names of a few places we could visit, and names of the shopping plazas nearby, as well as passing out a few maps of the city we were pulling into, and most importantly, they would bring bankers on board so we could exchange our currency.

The first thing some of us would look for once we got on dry land is food. It isn’t unusual to find a McD’s in most of the places we pull into and since some personnel are accustomed and habited to eating there, that’s the first place, and sometimes the only place that they’ll head to for sustenance. I actually look for something local, as I’m not bothered in trying new food. I especially looked forward to touring Italy and eating oven baked pizza and home made pasta. I even had the pleasure of eating tiramisu while I was in Italy, to which I loved immensely. Next thing I had to try was Italian coffee, then gelato.

I believed I spoiled myself, that when I came back home to the states, it was something that I searched for. Olive Garden was as close as I could get to Italian food, but I had some trouble finding Greek food, unless I traveled out of my way.

There were a few things that I tried overseas that I didn’t like; camel meat is on the top of my list to never try again, Greek burgers aren’t anything like American burgers, and I’m not sure what kind of burger meat I ate in Portugal. I’ve heard that camel is an acquired taste, or that the person who served it didn’t cook it right. To put it in the daily prompt’s words, it was definitely “something else entirely”.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall


For more of this week’s photo challenge, wall, check out The Daily Post.

Below are pictures from my 2001 Navy deployment, on the USS George Washington CVN73. The locations are in the description of the picture. It starts in Crete, then Portugal, onto Naples, then to Rome.

For more of my deployment pictures that I have shared on my blog, click here.

Enjoy!

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This Week’s Photo Challenge: Orange


This week’s photo challenge is, orange; anything to do with the color orange. Orange just happens to be my favorite color. It’s bright, colorful, and is cheerful.

Below are a few pictures from my 2001 Navy Deployment, as well as a few pictures from the past few months around here in Arkansas.

Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry


This weeks photo challenge is symmetry.

Symmetry comes from a Greek word meaning to ‘come together’. The definition of symmetry is, pleasingly proportionate; the quality of made up parts that are similar to one another around an axis or that are opposite of one another.

More photos from my navy deployment. Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale


This week’s photo challenge is called ‘scale’ and is one of my favorites as I love taking pictures of interesting structures and things. Enjoy!

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One Word Photo Challenge: Seafoam


This One Word Photo Challenge is a bit difficult as I had to search for the specific color. I did find some pictures of the shade of green called seafoam in my navy deployment pictures. I was lucky to have a division officer who compiled everyone’s pictures of the deployment and have them put on a disk and hand them out to each person in her division. The pictures that I took myself was saved on only one computer and it crashed a few years later. I do have some negatives that I do need to have developed again and put on a disk.

When I moved in with my grandmother a few years ago, I had gone through all of my things that I had left here when I got out of the navy. In all that stuff I found all of my navy uniforms, deployment cruise book, and that CD that had my deployment pictures that my division officer had made for us.

Below are just a few of the pictures I have on that disk. Enjoy!

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Fort Kastro in Crete, Greece

Bucket Lists


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Usually, when one hears the words ‘Bucket List’, they usually think of the movie that came out in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. They also think about a handwritten list of things to do before one dies. That is what the movie is all about, accomplishing feats, dreams, wishes, adventures, or whatever it is that you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”.

After I saw the movie I contemplated making such a list for myself. I had already done several things that would’ve been on the list, had I had one. The very first on my bucket list would have been to go to Rome and eat pasta, drink wine, see the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. I have already done all of that, although I would love to go back and spend more time sight seeing since I didn’t have that much when I first visited Rome.

A few years ago I actually started writing my bucket list. So far, I have crossed off things such as, learn to snowboard, learn to surf, go to Disney World, become a published author, and become a mom. Those really aren’t outrageous requests I’ve made for myself, but I’ve been happy to have been able to cross them off my list, especially when I became a mom. I waited until I was 30 years old, whereas many women have children much earlier in their life. I had done four years in the navy, which allowed me the chance to travel the world. I had traveled around the US and had moved around a little bit (from Arkansas to Colorado, then to Oklahoma). I had gone to college and obtained my associates degree in Aviation Airframe, then worked in aviation for a few years. That’s when I felt that my life was incomplete. Even though I became a single mom before I had my daughter, I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in the world.

I still have quite a few things on my list, but won’t disclose any of them until I’ve crossed them off. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what have you crossed off your list?

To read about other bucket lists, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold


 

A few pictures of the Vatican to share with you all. Please excuse the time stamps on the photos. At one point I was using a regular film camera until I dropped it on the ground while visiting Rome. I borrowed someone’s digital camera so that I could continue taking pictures. I’m glad I did, as I got quite a lot of great pictures.ImageImageImageImage

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


I went through my US Navy (2002) deployment (USS George Washington CVN73) pictures and found a few photos to post in this weeks photo challenge. Enjoy!

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Vendors in Crete

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Souda Bay, Crete

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Coliseum actors – Rome, Italy

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Venice, Italy

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Venice shops – Venice, Italy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandon


This weeks photo challenge, abandon, has me thinking a lot of my visit to Italy. What better way to show abandon through pictures, than Italian ruins.

Most of these pictures were taken while I was in Rome, but the rest were taken either in Naples or on my way to Rome; there’s even a picture of the leaning tower of Pisa.

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This is where they did chariot races as seen in the movie Ben Hur.

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I could be wrong, but I think this was Nero’s palace. It is located right next to the Colosseum.

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Same as the picture above. If someone knows what this is, please let me know. It has been 13 years since I visited Italy.

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One of the many feral cats that lives in the Colosseum.

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The Colosseum.

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More Italian ruins.

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The leaning tower of Pisa.