uncornered_market Daniel Noll

Travel & life evangelist. Speaker, storyteller, consultant. Connecting people to life-changing experiences. Abroad since '01.
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4883 82 Mar 7, 2017
uncornered_market: Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the main landmarks of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. The city stands as a crossroads of culture and history -- from its beginnings as Russian garrison outpost to the intersection of Turkestan, Central Asia and even Dungan culture of western China. This diversity spills into the town markets, its cuisine and daily life. More on Karakol up on the blog (link in profile).

1856 39 Feb 8, 2017
uncornered_market: Goofing around, sunset shooting. Little Adam

Goofing around, sunset shooting. Little Adam's Peak, one of the terrific short walks we took to get above it all in the hill town of Ella, Sri Lanka. The peak in the background, Ella Rock.

880 24 Feb 7, 2017
uncornered_market: Catch the morning train! From our Colombo bound

Catch the morning train! From our Colombo bound train, from the hill town of Ella, via Kandy. School kids pull over to allow our train to pass before heading back into the tracks. We did our share of track-walking, too. Sri Lankan trains (as trains in general), are arguably the finest way to move about and visually absorb the country. Cheap, too...you can travel across the country for a couple of dollars, and just down the line for as little as 6 cents!

908 13 Feb 6, 2017
uncornered_market: Inside the rock fortress and ancient city of

Inside the rock fortress and ancient city of Sigiriya, a 5th century bit of urban planning in central Sri Lanka. Also called Lion Rock for its gateway in the form of a gigantic lion (only the huge paws remain.) Lions feature prominently in Sri Lankan myths and creation stories even though they last roamed the place about 39,000 years ago.

575 14 Feb 5, 2017
uncornered_market: Tea garden walk to Lipton

Tea garden walk to Lipton's Seat. Everywhere tea bushes. And on this day, mist that combines just so with the aroma of ripe tea drawn from sun-baked top leaves in the early morning. We mainly took the road from the town of Dambatenne (and its tea factory), for the beauty and interaction with local people. Later, we ducked into the short-cuts through the gardens on the return.

988 20 Feb 4, 2017
uncornered_market: Reservoir dawn. All sorts of early morning light

Reservoir dawn. All sorts of early morning light play. Taken on the edge of Maskeliya Lake, Central Sri Lanka. A crucial tuk-tuk stop en route from Adam's Peak (Delhousie) and Maskeliya. In these woods run everything from barking deer (yes, that's what they're called), mongoose and families of wild boar -- all of which we encountered on our 2AM ride out to climb the peak.

652 12 Feb 3, 2017
uncornered_market: Pilgrims and prayer flags, the sunrise descent from

Pilgrims and prayer flags, the sunrise descent from Adam's Peak (Sri Padaya), Sri Lanka. You set off at 2AM for a 3-hour walk up the steep path and staircase, encountering chanting pilgrims in both directions. The idea for most visitors: to arrive at the summit temple for sunrise. Although the sunrise was remarkable, the beauty of the shifting view over lakes and cloud banks in the early morning light of the descent is what we'll never forget.

676 23 Jan 28, 2017
uncornered_market: Every evening, I close the light and bend

Every evening, I close the light and bend it just so. In a retreat of my own in southern Sri Lanka, my evening ritual included parking myself at the confluence of breaks, a strip of sand carved by the day's waves. Sunsets like snowflakes, no two evening's images were ever the same.

722 27 Jan 27, 2017
uncornered_market: Southern Sri Lanka, home base for the last

Southern Sri Lanka, home base for the last several days. The plan: beach hopping around the town of Tangalle. Instead, I hopped between my bungalow and this sprawling, secluded wonder. One the more beautiful beaches I've experienced. Rest and decompression: good for body and mind.

651 45 Dec 31, 2016
uncornered_market: Happy 2017 from Wrocław, Poland! As fireworks

Happy 2017 from Wrocław, Poland! As fireworks and light shows turn the sky electric, it occurs to me that we humans have the power to transform the real to surreal. May we use our energy in this next year to the better. All our best to you and yours in the coming year!

650 20 Dec 30, 2016
uncornered_market: Old Town Hall -- Wrocław Market Square. A

Old Town Hall -- Wrocław Market Square. A slice of late Gothic in southwestern Poland. As Christmas and Hanukkah wind down, the city gears up for the new year. Remarkable to consider that it has been part of not only Poland, but Germany, Bohemia (Czech), Austria, Hungary and Prussia over the years. You can see and feel the influence in life, language and architecture.

521 17 Dec 30, 2016
uncornered_market: This year

This year's winner of the "pull out the map and find someplace interesting and close" destination to escape the new year firework brigade in Berlin: Wrocław, Poland. Where the skies are crisp, and the pierogies ample. Today's lunch: traditional Ruskie and kapusta (cabbage) and mushroom pierogies. On tap (besides Polish and Czech beer -- yes, there's a Bernard tap room): old town strolling, spa and massage chilling, 2017 tackling.