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About me? I’m just a recreational photographer, from New York City, New York, United States of America – better known as ” ‘MER’CA” (pronounced with a slight slur to speech – or also found proceeded by other kinds of slurs) by most some of our more patriotic citizens. 😁 I’m using photography for peace-of-mind, and to maintain a creative outlet. I love to practice photography mostly when I’m exploring new places or out hiking/doing physical activities in other locations NOT where I live. Maintaining an artistic outlet is proven to make you happy and keep you positive, and it goes without saying that you should get away from your static habitat, to explore more dynamic and free-roaming destinations for travel- not places promoted by HYPE-BEASTS just so say “I went there too!” 😒 I started this blog to keep track of where I’ve been making journeys to, through the use of photos and geo-tagging, but also to maybe encourage more people to go travel more often. I also realized that I had a little too much to drink in some places, and well… when I revisit the pictures, I don’t remember taking them. Not black out drunk material but like “wait, THAT was there too? and ‘I’ took this pic?” 🤣 I constantly have this happen where I have the full set of pics while touring and don’t remember taking them. 🤦♂️ Seriously, though, WE need to get out more! Americans don’t travel or take vacation, they do it less and less each year, it’s sad, but my European and Asian buddies travel for 4 to 6 weeks at a clip!!! Are we NOT in the most free country in the world (USA)?? 😳 The brochures say so! Dunning Kruger effect says so! So, what gives?? Why do we behave and work like we are slaves, and what is it all worth if you’re doing NOTHING FREE AND RELAXING in life with your free time? We need to take more trips. What kinds of trips though? Well, I don’t support the kind of trips that perverts like this clearly brags about sexually exploiting poor Black men in the African Diaspora, for pennies. That person in the video is a sexual predator and we need to call the US Government on her, to put the MANN ACT on them! This person in the video admits that broke, ugly and sloppy nobodies in life, go from America to Jamaica, to exploit impoverished men for sex. SHE OPENLY BRAGS in that video. Don’t be like that person, don’t be a pervert. Go and use solo travel to enrich your life, explore, be bold and do it without feeling shame for being SOLO while traveling. A lot of MEN struggle with being solo while traveling and refrain from doing it, due to shame. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, but they let women shame them into not doing solo travel, meanwhile, women are solo traveling everywhere, getting shat on in Dubai, getting murdered in Mexico, murdering the people who paid for their trips in Mexico do, but mostly, they’re going broke trying to pretend to be a social media influencer, truth be told. Of course, most are going on those trips and doing this kind of travel, and have been doing that for 3 decades, calling it SELF CARE, a perversion of propaganda they misinterpreted from a person named Audre Lorde, from the 70s.
My male buddies like to make up excuses not to take vacations, becaue they’re shamed by society for doing them, but they also think my trips are boring because I don’t go to beaches and dance clubs. Well, I’m not 20 anymore, time for grown folks’ trips! GROW UP, PEOPLE!! :/ eeeh WHOA! Slow down there, Buddy. Not THOSE KINDS OF GROWN FOLKS’ TRIPS, that’s for the perverts I just mentioned in the previous paragraph. It’s funny, when you travel, and people see you do SOLO TRAVEL, they immediately think “SEX TRAVELER” because you are non-European descendants and male. Those same buddies I couldn’t ever convince to travel prior, are all suddenly traveling because of this Passport Bros shyte. I hate being confused for them, but I see why they’re doing what they’re doing, they’re inspired by pervs who did it before them, like this woman here, who got a grant from Duke university to promote going and paying impoverished men in 3rd world countries for sex and passing it off as Audre Lorde “Self Care”. The pervert manual is called “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” – no, not the Will Smith movie either. Those perverts teach ugly and uninspiring people to go travel to impoverished nations, to have coitus with poor people because these Americans refuse to work hard in life, refuse to lose weight, refuse to eat well and don’t have game so they are socially inept and can’t secure marriage or a life partner. Passport Heaux, I heard them referred to, who promise that you will gain HAPPINESS “where they address the perils and disappointments of American racism by looking for intimacy, happiness, and a connection to their racial identities“- that’s a statement you can read on that site. That’s saying people take trips to Jamaica to have sex with impoverished men overseas, and that is going to cure racism in America… Yes, by paying some Jamaican stranger to eat him from the back,… in the rain! The author said that the people in her book, and doing sex tourism, are broke, low income females who use child support money to pay for these trips to Jamaica, and instead of taking their money to take trips to better themselves, they spend their life fortunes on sex. That person got a grant to make that book and study if those Black women were happy after having sex on vacation in Jamaica, and whether or not end ended racism after sex that they paid for. Other perverts are also getting US Government grants to go buy sex from impoverished men in the African Diaspora, like this woman admits here at minute “33:40” when they burst into laughter the the question of whether this “researcher” was “wrapping it up”. That was a prophylactic joke, and this women is using tax money to have sex abroad because she found research that did not properly represent how many women of color were being perverts doing sex travel. She applied for a grant and got it! Seriously, she’s paid to go have sex with Rent-A-Rastas and report, where she said this work is called “ETHNOGRAPHY”. Some people get ALL of the handouts in life! This site is to try to erase the view of Black/Latino/Asian people, as a bunch of people who go around looking to have sex as the only reason for travel.
I’d much rather be out doing simple stuff like almost sliding to my death here
I often go to a place that others are not going to, to avoid taking the same dumb photos everyone else is copying from works they’ve seen online. The art of the places we normally go to has become “cliché” at this point, the importance of the photographic work and the locations are meaningless at that point. I often go to places not considered “touristy” enough for folks to think that they should have interest in them. Afterwards, I come back from vacation and those same people are asking for my trip pics. 🙄 Honestly, aside from a few places I’ve gone, there really can’t be much BRAGGING about any place I’ll reference, in this blog, but they might be eye raising. The places I learn about are interesting to me, and I go whenever I want to go! I might go to a place to self reflect, or to go challenge myself to a physical feat, or do something really weird like get on a helicopter and go walk on melting glaciers. These things are not FUN to many people of my background, but I don’t care, and that’s the point, doing things you wouldn’t normally do. I meet some VERY interesting people, along the way, so many of these stories will be about those experiences, and the art of conversation with strangers. This blog is also about how I take that time to reflect on things coming to the mind, while out in these locations, and a picture might make me remember something I want to share with readers. I do know that older folks like to read what I’ve written, and my married friends do too, because any place I’ll reference, they know that if they go, they won’t get into any “TROUBLE“- as opposed to those other trip that those other people are telling you to take so you can come back to the USA, ready to schedule abortions from all the fun you’ve had overseas.
Or this, getting high in the sky
…or I might go learn about how Jamaicans died to help the country of Ecuador be able to cross its own continental divide…. or learn the slave origins of Jamaicans eat Salt Fish – BTW, I never EVER want to hear another Jamaican tell an African American that those Blacks eat “slave food” because Salt Fish is SLAVE FOOD too!
… or go float down the river in Mexico and jam to some tunes!
or go hang out in Xochimilco, Mexico
… or maybe I will go learn the history of how the European Settlers expanded into what would become the United States of America on the Oregon Trail…
…maybe I’ll go get the true story of “Custer’s Last Stand” and how America changed forever for Indigenous Americans afterward…
Maybe I’ll go study the history of Mormonism in America …
Or maybe I’ll go try to figure out why Irish people referenced MLK and the Civil Rights, when they were killing each other for 30 years, trying to get from under British Rule.
Or maybe talk about that time I got stuck in the middle of a violent political protest, got hit in the head with a bottle by a feminist, and got locked out of my hotel because they were scared the protestors would overtake the hotel!
See, you don’t HAVE to go buy booty!
I think you get the point. The kinds of places that I like to go to are places that I think I can learn something about, in hopes of making that place more memorable for myself, and to also get a glimpse into the local culture in the area, and its history. I like things I’d normally not see in my own environment, and of course, if I can get in a hike or long walk, I immediately will gravitate towards that kind of trip. You can turn any trip into an interesting vacation, I’ll show you, if you’re not a lazy moron or a sex craved idiots cheating on your mate back home! In fact, most of these trips I take, might not have anything photo worthy, so really, with this blog, I hope to create something from nothing, in most cases. It just takes seeing with a different perspective. And on my trips, all kinds of silly things have happened to me, so that’s what makes these things I share, a little more special to me. If I vacation, I do it off-season/ off-peak times when I go, although people think that’s the worst time to go on vacations. I’m trying to avoid completely ruining a place for myself, due to complete overcrowding of tourists. I’m attempting to avoid morons with their selfie-sticks slamming into me in tight areas, while we’re on high cliffs, almost sending themselves falling to their deaths off of 300 meter deep cliffs of the US and Canadian Rockies, and the same morons falling face first into the bacteria mats of National Parks <- all true events I personally witnessed. That alone is a different line of photography I should do, “accidents on vacations”, because I’ve seen hundreds of such events. Other shots are just quick getaways or if I’m away for work, so strap in and let’s try seeing some of these places, from a different perspective. A (financially) broke person’s perspective. The problem with what I’m writing is I’ve been on a Keto diet for a year and any kind of alcoholic drink I have has an IMMEDIATE affect, and I’m surely drinking something to relax on these trips. 🤣 Something’s got to give? No! NOTHING’S GOTTA GIVE!!!
The pics in the blog are mostly “snapshots”, very little (if any) post processing, if you know how to read, then read and enjoy some things I reflect on, while out and about in the world. You’re support to FEEL this site, and learn some things, so you too can become inspired to do your own thing with travel, for personal enhancement… and not like desperate, loser, sex craved morons who spend child support checks and stimulus checks on sex travel. You’re better than that, come on man!
And as always, be sure to check DRUNK PHOTOGRAPHY for pictures of some of my more FINISHED work from my journeys.