A Funny World…

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It’s a funny world we live in. You can get angry, you can rebel against the cause and you can voice your opinion no matter how big or small the complaint. You can live your life with stress and you can live yourself to death trying to fight a battle you may never win. Our advice is to wake up every day and just live. Live to the best of your ability and laugh at those caught up in the rat race of life and those who forget to enjoy the minutes, moments and time we are given on this beautiful place we call earth.

We’re not a couple of hippies living off the land and seeing everything through rose colored glasses (although a VW Bus trip around the world would be a dream) We’re just two people refusing to let someone else tell us how we are supposed to live and more importantly we are two people who won’t be told to be afraid to live. Life doesn’t stop, unless you let it stop. The beauty in a day from start to finish doesn’t disappear because of one happening in the world. The journey is yours for the taking. Sit and stare at it if you want, but you will miss out on what might be some of the greatest times of your life.

The world isn’t a perfect place. But it is a perfect place to live your life and take in the awesomeness and the chances we are given.

Take each day….live, love, look, listen and laugh at everything we can. A good day will always follow.

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Watch your backside…

So as the title states, there is always something to watch out for when travelling. I’ll tell you what the title means at the end, but first a few thoughts.

In the heat of travel season in Europe and around the world, the population nearly doubles and depending on the size of the town or city, it may triple at times. With these numbers being high and so many of the world travelers being oblivious to life, one must always take precautions. This is in no way to scare anyone from travelling, as it is something I believe is part of our human makeup and one of our life’s most important learning tools. We just want to make sure everyone watches your back. Travel in pairs or more. Be aware of your surroundings and if you pull it off…don’t look like a typical tourist. For example, 4 of my favorite cities in Europe are in the top 5 places for pickpockets. Barcelona, Rome, Prague and Paris are 4 of the top 5 cities for this type of crime.

Why do they pick on tourists is because you are usually too busy looking at everything, suffering from sensory overload and in awe of a place most people have only seen on TV, in movies or read about in a book (yes people still read books) and are too busy realizing that something’s gone missing.

The important practice of nothing in your back pockets and having zippers on bags and purses closed at all times. Not carrying large amounts of cash and keeping your passport safe (an American passport can be worth thousands of dollars to someone). Securing zippers with travel locks or the ever famous wearing a backpack on your front like a human kangaroo (I personally can’t stand it and don’t understand why you would want to look like a marsupial). One thing we forget is making sure you leave nothing on café table tops like cell phones, cameras, etc., as this is an easy grab and go. None of this will make you 100% target free, but it sure helps and keeps you at least aware of some of your actions. We have learned to keep an eye on our surroundings, we stay close pretty much at all times (that may be love though) and trust me when I say we get off the beaten path on almost every occasion. Street smarts go a long way when travelling and it is also something we pride ourselves on.

Our basic reason for the blog is to make sure you as a traveler don’t forget your brain at home…and now for the title.

I would always hope that Caroline would have my back and I have hers when needed, whether for safety or just to alleviate embarrassment. But who am I kidding; we would kill to be able laugh at each other at any hour of any day. While walking the streets we stumbled upon the woman below in the photo. Walking for blocks and her husband who was not caring at all for her situation, this was the view for the world to see.

Watch your backside…or in this case watch others.

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Finding Your Place…

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Finding your place is harder said than done. It is truly one of the hardest things you as person will figure out in life…or maybe it’s just us.

For two travelers, it’s the question and the answer that changes almost daily. Based on mood, needs, creative inspiration, finances and what is actually possible. The answer is never right. So what do we do? We keep looking and that is just part of what makes us who we are and why we have come to love so many far off corners of the world.

When you actually sit and think of all that is wrong in the world, be confident that there is more right than we think or we are led to believe. Caroline and I like to think of travelling as running to somewhere instead of running away from something. It’s not about escaping the issues; it’s about rediscovering a world that we are told doesn’t exist. It could be a beach, a trail, a street an alleyway that has been out of view for too long. It’s about looking around a corner and seeing something new. It’s about being lost and confused and loving every minute of it.

So the question is do you really find your place…Do you settle? Or do you walk, discover, learn, live, love, grow, and laugh your way through life…share your experiences and stories with others and educate yourself through the school of wanderlust.

Settle if you want to…but don’t forget what’s on the other side of the street.

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Travel Tip #1…

Travel Tip #1…

…Ask questions, ask again for clarity and sometimes for fun, ask again (except I never do and always make Caroline do it. Guy = can’t ask for directions).

It’s not you acting like a dumb tourist, although they might think so. It’s just reassurance that everything goes the way it is supposed to go…if that even exists.

So the story goes like this. Arriving in Paris from Venice by plane, we found our luggage and decided the best way into the city center would be the train of course. It seems to be the quickest and most financially reasonable way of doing things in most big cities in Europe. So with luggage in hand, Caroline and I make our way to the ticket window. Knowing we must get from the airport to the city center, we tell the ticket agent what we need, grab our tickets and excitedly jump on the train.

We get to the train station where we must change trains and get onto the city center subway system. The ticket goes into the gate, the gate swings open and off we go for train number 2. We travel the 20 minutes or so until we get to Châtelet station, the big hub in the middle of the city. From there, we were to switch trains again on another line to get to our destination. Tickets go in the gate and a red light appears in front of us. Try our other ticket and the same red light appears. We then decide we could just exit and walk the 3 blocks or so and just bypass the train all together. Little did we know, these same tickets would be used to exit the station and lead us to freedom. We find the gate to exit with the same result. Tickets go in and the familiar red light shines brightly in our face. We then learned that our tickets were only good from the airport to our first stop where we switched trains to the city. Little did we know you had to purchase another ticket to get us into the sometimes confusing zones that the Paris subway system is split up into.

So what was the easy solution? Buy a ticket at a ticket kiosk or customer service center and be on our way. Well, that’s the easy solution. All the ticket machines are on the other side of the gate, where we needed to get to and after wandering the station like mice trying to get through the maze to the cheese, we discovered the customer service center was closed due to construction like most of the station at this time. If you would have been able to roll back the surveillance video of us in this 30 minute span that felt like 2 hours, it would have been a hysterical site to see. At some point Caroline and I were just staring at each other, in silence, utterly dumbfounded… So what was the answer to our welcome to Paris situation? Ask a military guard, who looked at us like we were some kind of travelling mutants. Seasoned travelers brought to our knees by the system, we thought we knew. With confidence shattered, tired from a 3:00 am wake-up call, running to a flight from the water transit system in Venice and now being caged like the non-paying criminals we were…we found our hero. A cleaner, who just pointed to a gate and said follow the lady with the stroller. We were free. Our criminal activity in Paris had come to end.

Travel Tip #1…Ask questions, ask again for clarity and sometimes for fun…ask again.

We Flash People…

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We flash people….not the “we wear trench coats and show people our goods” kind of statement. Just one of those funny sayings you find on T-Shirts geared towards photographers. I’m not even sure why we began with this statement, it was just a way to get your attention and show you our goods.

What I really wanted to tell you about is what I like to call “The walk”. It’s basically a term I like to describe life with. The basic explanation is this. It’s the one person who compliments you in every way. The person you decide to be with in life. Grab their hand and take “the walk”.  That’s what Caroline and I decided to do and share our passion for photography, life, food, art, laughter and finding the most random forms of entertainment in people, places and more. That in a nutshell is how we started Two Lost Photographers. Not lost, by the meaning of the word. Just a statement of two people who find the beauty in life by taking a different path, the untraveled road and taking people on a ride somewhere they have never of thought of going before. We will show it to you from a different angle or take you on the road less travelled.

Too many times in life we stick to the path. We get off the path as fast as possible and make our own trail there. Make our own map and for some reasons those little gems discovered along the way, stick with us and we return anytime we are in that particular spot. We make a city, town, beach and experience our own. Now we thought it was time to share it with others.

So keep checking in with us. We have lots to show you and we will tell you some stories along the way.

For now…find a spot that lets you slow down for a quick minute. Grab a coffee and watch the world pass you by. That experience alone is entertainment and your inner laughter is worth the price of admission….when it makes you laugh out loud…that’s what I call a standing ovation.

Stay tuned…

Where?

“The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people that get lost.”

I think Drew and I are pretty good at that… getting lost. It’s not a fault in our opinion, it’s more of a means of accidental discovery. It works really well when you’re both not the planing type

Both of us agree that getting lost in our lives is the reason we have found each other and couldn’t be happier. So who not get lost around the globe together now? See where life takes us physically and spiritually…. I can guarantee it’s going to be an interesting ride.

 

We might as well start here…

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For most people working a 9 to 5 work week, it’s almost Hump Day. It’s the middle of the week that for some seems like the biggest hurdle. The monumental task to get past it and finally make the turn to your much awaited Friday release from the everyday routine you find yourself in. I picture a bunch of people staring at the clock waiting, much like we all did in school when waiting for the final bell to ring telling us our day was over. We ran out the door screaming and jumping, thinking at that time there is no better feeling than that freedom we just earned and what we call life.

So while the rest of the working world is trying to cope. Where does that leave us? Today we find ourselves walking the small cobble stoned streets of Old San Juan Puerto Rico. With cameras in hand, we are surrounded by the smells of food from every culture,  locals and tourists from every walk of life, sharing the heat that makes you want a cold glass of sangria or a rum collins and it’s only 10:00 am. This is what we do. Not the drinking part of the description (well not always), it’s the cameras in hand exploring the corners of far off places.

Our names are Caroline and Drew. Two adventure stricken photographers, travelling and capturing memories for any occasion for anyone who asks. Whether it’s a high fashion shoot (As seen in the April & September issues of Elements Magazine & the July issue of Scorpio Jin), destination weddings, engagement photos, travel, or fine art photography…we do it all. We have travelled extensively for the past 15 years exploring the sights, sounds and off the beaten path places that some people only read about. Our specialty is making these locations feel like home for anyone who wants a piece of it. We have both worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years which is amazing since we’re not a day over 21 (or at least that’s how it feels). Working in the industry has taken us too many places around the world and it’s through this travel we thought it was about time to share it with others.

Like I said before today found us in Old San Juan, taking in the culture which we have grown to love, in one of the most beautiful and historic places in the Caribbean. Completely different from the island of St. Maarten which we scouted out yesterday. This morning we quickly became adopted parents to about 30 wild cats calling the streets home. The sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shores at the foot of the fort walls, while the hot sun casts warm shadows on the multi colored buildings which line the narrow streets of the old town. When you find a tree with a park bench underneath it, make sure to stop, take a seat and take in the world as it passes you by…or observe the cracked out woman calling the bench home. This is all part of the experience and these are the moments we want to share with all of you.

So stay tuned everyone. This story has just begun for all of you to take part in. But for the two of us, it continues an adventure we decided to share together 2 years ago, where we have visited Spain, Italy, France, England, Canary Islands, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, Canada, USA, Mexico and all over the Caribbean Islands (12 in total) since then.

Pack light, don’t forget your passport and here we go.