The hike to Laguna Capri (2.5 miles), to make the morning sunrise on the face of Fitzroy, started at 4am in the morning, in the pitch dark, with torch lamps to illuminate the trail. I was gearing up to start on my own at the start of the trailhead, when I saw torch lamps off in the distance. A father daughter couple was doing the same exact thing as me. I joined up with them, which made the hike in the dark that much more fun, getting to know the two. One problem when we finally arrived lakeside, was that we had worked up a sweat for almost 2 hours hiking. Before the sun popped its head out, you were looking at about mid 40s, chilly, with lots of wind. We were jumping up and down to just keep the blood flowing. The moment the sun came up and illuminated the face, warmth began to spread onto us as well.
After a full day of touring all around the beautiful island of Santorini, the last stop on the tour was Oia for the sunset. This picture, along with those plastered all over Instagram and travel sites, cannot even come close to capturing this view, let alone the feeling when you are there. Besides this stunning view, behind and all around us were hundreds if not thousands of people, crammed like sardines in a can next to each other, along every pathway and rooftop with a view. The electricity in the air was palpable and the excitement in being there to see the sunset with everyone was magical. And then, if it couldn’t get any better than this, a catamaran floats by, perfectly framing itself under the sun. Just as the sun went down, everyone around us and along this whole are of Oia, erupted in claps and cheers. A moment that will remain with me a lifetime.
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Google Maps Location photo was taken from: 36°27'37.0"N 25°22'23.0"E
Probably of any city in the world, Tokyo has a knack for cramming so much in one place per square foot, whether it is buildings, roads, food vendors, train/subway tracks, and in this case, signage. This wasn't even half a block of buildings.