So on my social media accounts (IG and FB: internationationalcaty and Twitter: internatlcaty) I decided to a jumping series around the world. I guess in some ways I love doing jump shots in the countries I visit. It is something different and it definitely identifies with interNATionalcaty.
This picture was taken in Guatemala City in the Central Plaza in front of the fountain.
Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. GC was founded in 1776 after an earthquake literally destroyed Antigua in 1773.
The Central Plaza is the core of Guatemala City where the tourist can mix with locals at the market surrounded by the architectural and historical beauty of the city.
An active volcano, Pacaya began its active phase in 1965, and ever since it has been experiencing an array of volcanic activity.
Pacaya volcano is surely not the tallest of the volcanoes in Guatemala, but it is perhaps the most climbed. Due to the constant activity of this notable Guatemala volcano, it is popular with volcano enthusiasts who revere such activity.
Which after giving up hiking at .5 miles and horseback riding up the Pacaya Volcano, I can call myself an “enthusiasts”
My second “hike” in Guatemala was up to the Cerra de la Cruz. The climb is less than a mile (km) at a steady incline. Once at the top, you have a panoramic view of Antigua.
Besides the view, you have The Cross which was put in place in 1930. Originally the cross was wooden. Later this cross was made of concrete, and it was illuminated too. During Easter, is a tradition for locals to climb this hill, to remember the departure Jesus Christ 40 days after Resurrection.
When your tummy decides to play peekaboo while jumping. The nerve ?
This picture was taking at the Jungfrau (Top of Europe) in Switzerland.
Behind me is the Swiss Flag and below is a tidbit about it:
“Destruction, removal or desecration of a Swiss, cantonal or municipal flag or coat of arms that has been installed by a public authority is punishable by a monetary penalty or imprisonment of up to three years. The destruction or desecration of privately owned flags is legal.”
I was in the Rhine Valley region of Germany just before New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the beauty of St Goar. The day was filled with fog that was so dense that you thought you were in the clouds.
Fortunately, I was able to capture this picture between the buildings. Behind me, you can a little bit of the fog.
Below is a tidbit about the city
“St. Goar is a small town on the Rhine River in the area known as the Rhine Gorge due to the mountains which rise on either side. The most famous landmark is the Loreley Rock opposite the town, which is known for its hazard to river shipping, and the legend of its siren, Loreley. The other reason for St. Goar’s popularity with tourists is the nearby ruined castle Burg Rheinfels which dates from the year 1245.”
In 2002, UNESCO made the valley a world heritage site.
This picture was captured in the roofless ruins of the Catedral de Santiago in Antigua, Guatemala which was destroyed by a massive earthquake 1773.
The ruin is a memorable place, with massive chunks of pillars strewn beneath sweeping brick archways and vegetation sprouting from cracks in the walls.
Now, you are probably wondering why was she jumping in Church.
In this picture, I take you to The Netherlands where I am in front of the Riekermolen Windmill.
De Riekermolen is a historic polder drainage windmill that dates back to 1636. It sits proudly on the bank of the River Amstel in Amsterdam, alongside a statue of Rembrandt that celebrates the many sketches he made in this area.
The windmill still spins. Unfortunately, on that day, it was taking a break