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Wordless Wednesday – Chaos

I have decided to post photos of past travels in general and our eight year sailing adventure on SV Irie in particular for Wordless Wednesdays.ย  Also, I can’t manage “completely wordless”, but I’ll try my best at “almost wordless”. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have archived thousands of photos over the years and can’t easily pick what to post, so I use the weekly prompt of the Daily Post to inspire my Wordless Wednesdays. This week’s Daily Post photography theme is “chaos“.

While I feel chaos is about to ensue in the US (and the world), I will not dwell on that. From a travel-perspective, chaos to me means border crossings and local markets. I don’t recall any happy memories from border crossings in Central America or Southeast Asia, which are busy, loud, hot and overwhelming. Visiting markets, with their vibrant colors, diversity in local produce and determined buyers and sellers, is much more fun!

Chaos near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Chaos near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Dajabon: border crossing between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Dajabon: border crossing between Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Market in Chichicastenango, Guatemala

What does chaos represent to you?


  1. โ€œChaos is merely order waiting to be decipheredโ€- Jose Saramago

  2. Those scenes definitely look chaotic! I don’t like chaos, even when it’s fun. I guess I get overwhelmed pretty quickly!

    • We are not a fan of crowds either, especially after living on a sailboat for so long! The markets are such a local, almost folkloric experience that you have to visit once in a while! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Following on fenster’s lead, “All great changes are preceded by chaos”. Deepak Chopra

  4. Great shots, and they certainly look chaotic! Large crowds are a huge source of chaos–not a fan of crowds!

    • Same here. Crowds suffocate us, whether on the road, in the supermarket or on a trail… In some countries and during some events, there is no escape, though. Being part of it is sometimes exhilarating and sometimes, just another confirmation of our more relaxed desires. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow, I don’t think I’d be very comfortable in those crowds, especially if I didn’t know the language. Great shots for the prompt!

    • Thanks, Janis. We Westerners do love our privacy and quiet time. Usually. After our many years on a sailboat in peaceful settings, crowds “annoy” us even more than ever before. Speaking of that, California sure is busy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wow look at those markets! So much color and so many people. When I think of the word chaos what comes to me is Istanbul. The traffic, the people, the markets. Perhaps it is just that we are not used to such activity and population.

    • Markets in the Arabic world sure fit this picture as well, Sue. I remember the ones in Istanbul and the souks in Morocco and Tunesia. Overwhelming to all the senses, but an experience rich in culture!

  7. What great pictures and a nice distraction from the headlines. I love the colors. Fenster’s quote is wonderful. Hopefully, we can find order in these chaotic times.

    • Thanks, Ellen. The days go by, sunny, but with a weird sensation of being. As long as we don’t think too hard about what just happened, we are OK for now…

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