Loving Laundry: When It Is Not Mine

When I look at my more recent travel photos, I notice a few things.

  • I still can’t take good photos ๐Ÿ™‚ but I try (an “A” for effort, a “C” for results)
  • I take photos of everyday things, in fact, things I would never take photos of in Canada – doors, people cycling, people walking, people talking, people eating, us eating, and yes, even laundry
  • I take fewer photos of the regular “touristy” things like ruins, forts, museums, statues and on and on…

Having grown up with a historian as a father, I think I have rebelled. There is something about being “dragged” to every fort in Canada, that makes me, well, a little less engaged in that side of life, and more inclined to the present everyday kind of life.

So this is how it came to be that I have recently started taking photos of laundry, other people’s, of course. And oh how I wish, that I had done so, when I was younger and travelling more, but well… in those days… my focus was more on me, how I looked, who I met, and where to have fun. Any recent photos of me travelling indicates this is no longer the case!

Yes, things change even as a traveller. So here’s to me, now, a somewhat older traveller, who loves laundry, when it’s not mine.

How it all begins.. sometimes in a lake (Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)

How it all begins.. sometimes in a lake (Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)

Laundry in Venice (of course, it looks beautiful)

Laundry in Venice (of course, it looks beautiful)

Laundry in Chefchaouen, Morocco (everything in Chef is gorgeous)

Laundry in Chefchaouen, Morocco (everything in Chef is gorgeous)

Laundry in oh so sweet, Isla Janitzio in Mexico

Laundry in oh so sweet, Isla Janitzio in Mexico

Laundry in Ollantaytambo, Peru ( a bit more on the rustic side)

Laundry in Ollantaytambo, Peru ( a bit more on the rustic side)

Laundry in Jardin, Colombia

Laundry in Jardin, Colombia

Laundry in interesting shapes

Laundry in interesting shapes

Even backpackers have to do laundry, but it is never as pretty as the locals' laundry

Even backpackers have to do laundry, but it is never as pretty as the locals’ laundry

And, oh I know that the anticipation is almost too much to bear, but more laundry posts – Middle Eastern style – are on the horizon. I can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

10 comments

  1. spiritofdragonflies · June 26, 2015

    Love the the theme. I wanted to stop while traveling for work to take a photo of the laundry on the clothes line while traveling on the reservation but wasn’t sure if the home owner would come out so I slowly drove past. Next time I will try to stop because the memories flooded my mind and kept my mother’s memory with me for a little bit of time. Very nice selection of photos.

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    • lovetotrav · June 27, 2015

      Isn’t it wonderful when such simple things bring back such powerful memories? How nice to remember your mom when you see clothes on the line. Brings a smile to my face as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. The Sock Mistress · May 29, 2015

    Love, love, love these photos! We have recently realised we need to take turns with the camera, my partner photographs buildings and scenery, plants and lizards ๐Ÿ˜‰ I photograph dogs, cats, assorted animals, people and the general day-to-day. Now I have an iPhone 6, I plan on both of us taking photos and it will be interesting to see what happens. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • lovetotrav · May 29, 2015

      Great idea. You will get the best of both worlds. You will have a huge assortment of everything then. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Manja Mexi Movie · May 29, 2015

    Hehe, thank you for the reminder. I’ve taken some great Italian laundry photos ๐Ÿ˜€ They surely hang ’em in style! I love it how you ‘rebelled’ and replaced history with now.

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    • lovetotrav · May 29, 2015

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Italians do everything in style… even laundry!

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  4. snowsomewhere · May 9, 2015

    Laundry all over the world ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice post, I liked it!

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    • lovetotrav · May 9, 2015

      I love my laundry… when it is someone else’s. Mine never looks that interesting.

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  5. WhatAWonderfulWorld · March 21, 2015

    A great set of photos! I love photographing the everyday moments too. I loved watching the outdoor laundry in Mumbai and it came back looking so so clean.

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    • lovetotrav · March 21, 2015

      I have never been to Mumbai but would love to go. Imagine the laundry there is very interesting to observe ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for dropping by and for the compliment. Have a great day, Cheryl

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