Travel Memories returned

New friends in Mumbai, India, 2001

New friends in Mumbai, India, 2001

Have you ever lost something you thought would never come back? Well, my photo albums were in a water-logged garage for three years, and thought they were done for. But over the weekend they were returned in almost perfect condition, bringing much relief to me. Amongst them, most importantly, were the albums from my first two solo trips in 1999 and 2000-1. Important, because they were taken before I had a digital camera.

At Angkor, Cambodia 2000

At Angkor, Cambodia 2000

Yes, I never bothered to scan more than about twenty photos from those trips, so they really were lost. But now they are home, and I will soon be launching (in about ten days I think) a run down of ‘World Journeys – the Early Years’ or something equally as pretentious. I thought today I’d present you with a smattering of photos. I started the big scanning project yesterday, I’ve done the first two countries I visited in my 1999 trip – Thailand and India. I scanned a few more in for this post as well from other places.

Kremilin, Moscow, 1999

Kremilin, Moscow, 1999

It’s clear to see that my photos have improved a LOT. And digital means you can take loads more pictures. My first trip in 1999, a real round-the-world all-in sort of deal, I took 21 rolls of film over 9 months. That’s not a lot, and of course you don’t know with film if you nailed the shot or not. And yes there are some really bad pics in there. I’ve decided to do the whole kit and kaboodle, including the ones that didn’t make it into the albums, then I will back it up and these memories will hopefully be safe forever.

Statues near Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1999

Statues near Valley of the Kings, Egypt, 1999

This photo is particularly significant. I sat down here, just outside the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor in Egypt, on a seat or rock, and changed my film over. I then snapped the two statues before getting back on my tour bus. I left the other film there. So those are 24 photos I will never get back – including the pyramids, Aswan and the boat trip on the Nile. C’est La Vie.

Here are some others –

Elephant trek, Thailand, 1999

Elephant trek, Thailand, 1999

Disneyland, California, 1999

Disneyland, California, 1999

Reykjavik, Iceland, 1999

Reykjavik, Iceland, 1999

Rome, 1999

Rome, 1999

Delhi train Museum, 1999

Delhi train Museum, 1999

Edinburgh, 1999

Edinburgh, 1999

Sunny beach at Goa, India, 2001

Sunny beach at Goa, India, 2001

How about you? Have you ever lost something that contained important memories, and then got it back? Or not? Please leave a comment!

9 comments

  • Loved the train museum photo. So many of my trips have been taken by point and shoot camera and most of them are so bad, that it’s really sad. Incidentally all my Egypt and Africa photos are missable yet unforgettable.

    • the old point and shoots before digital had a view finder that used mirrors so it was really hard to know exactly what you were taking, or worse still a separate lens to look through giving you little idea. But yes, no matter how bad the photos come out, they are precious memories. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cann’t wait to see your photos in Thailand!

  • Hi Andrew,
    I love this post; it really resonates with me!
    Two quick stories; when I was 14 I went camping at Uluru (when you still could). I took a tiny Kodak film camera (with the film in a little plastic case you didn’t need to wind on) with three film. One was lost by Kodak and one was poorly developed so it came out all green! Devastated!

    Then, in 1998 I was last in Syria. I managed to find the Street Called Straight in Damascus, only to have the film confiscated by police when I took some photos of the landscape behind the Qassioun (mountain behind Damascus). I promised i wouldn’t take any more (well I didn’t know there were military installations there!!) and wound on the film, but wouldn’t give it to him. Anyway, when I finally got back to Australia, could I find that film anywhere? I was so disappointed! Bet that police officer would be chuckling though!

    It’s nice that some of your travel memories have been preserved. It’s fun going back through the old trips!
    Enjoying your posts!
    Vicki

  • Nenkin Seikatsu

    You look almost “thuggish” in the second photograph.

  • Great pics, and a great story to match. Thank God you found those pics!! I once thought I had lost touch with a very good friend of mine who lived abroad, then we stumbled across each other once, and we’ve made sure that it would never happen again.

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