All in the Details

Been an eventful start to the year, albeit a bit of bad luck carried over from 2014. Ricky’s New Year’s Eve oyster lunch gave him food poisoning for most of New Year’s Day, and a good friend of ours was in a serious (though non life threatening) bus accident on her way to NYE celebrations so we’ve been visiting her a lot.

More happily, we went out to party up Ricky’s fast-approaching cake day this past Friday and had Andrea and company over the weekend before to say bye before her visit home to Canada (she’ll be arriving in Montreal today!!).

As such it’s been pretty busy around here. I’ve managed to squeeze in some reading (finished Harry Potter #7 yesterday after having read them all for the first time back to back <3), marathoned some TV shows (Allo, Allo, and Firefly), and played some computer games of my childhood (Pharaoh!). Oh yeah, and worked on my winter camp preparations which is what I’m supposed to be doing while I work from home…

But throwing that latter activity on the forever back burner, I wanted to update a post I’m very late on. As most of you probably noticed, this blog has a shiny new banner! A shiny new banner that is, shamefully, almost 2 years late. It was meant to be there from the very beginning of Down from the Door’s inception…

Alas, I was very lazy in completing it.

And so it’s become the piece of artwork that I’ve spent the longest total time on, started back in April 2013 when Andrea and I first conceived of making a joint travel blog and were contemplating which country we should apply to for teaching ESL. We wanted an image that would sum up our wanderlust while reflecting our chosen domain name, and so there is the door we left from, down from which lies the world spread out at its feet. All locations are places we carefully picked out as ones we want to go one day (complete list at the end of this post).

Due to the according minute detail in the picture – and to honour this ancient piece of art so monumentally time-consuming in the undertaking – I wanted to do it justice and formally introduce it to the blog by way of posting the detailing. It’s a little late since it’s already been up for a while, but as they say better late than never.

Thus, for your viewing pleasure:

Door detail with lanterns, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Machu Picchu (complete with tiny llama), and Andrea skydiving in the distance as per her request.
Door detail with lanterns, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Machu Picchu (complete with tiny llama), and Andrea skydiving in the distance as per her request.
Easter Island head with prayer flags. Probably my favourite thing in the picture.
Easter Island head with prayer flags. Probably my favourite thing in the picture.
Inukshuks with prayer flags and a distant London Eye.
Inukshuks with prayer flags and a distant London Eye.
Tiny log cabin, a Eurail train, against a backdrop of the Alps.
Tiny log cabin, a Eurail train, against a backdrop of the Alps.
Everest and worked into the mountainside the Tiger's Nest or Taktshang monastery in Bhutan.
Everest and worked into the mountainside the Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang monastery in Bhutan.
The Pantheon, Sahara desert, and Pyramids.
The Pantheon, Sahara desert, and Pyramids.
Uluru and Great Wall of China, complete with bamboo-munching panda and bouncing kangaroos.
Uluru and Great Wall of China, complete with bamboo-munching panda and bouncing kangaroos.
Temple Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand.
Temple Wat Phra Kaew in Thailand.
Taj Mahal, India.
Taj Mahal, India.
Sydney Opera House and lotus garden.
Sydney Opera House and lotus garden.
Eucalyptus forest and koala in Australian outback (there's a lot of Australia in this picture).
Eucalyptus forest and koala in Australian outback (there’s a lot of Australia in this picture).
Icebergs of Antarctica.
Icebergs of Antarctica.
Great Barrier Reef and tide pools with me scuba diving past the coral.
Great Barrier Reef and tide pools with me scuba diving past the coral.

The complete list of places represented:

1. Easter Island (Chile)
2. Inukshuks (Canada)
3. Prayer flags (Nepal)
4. Lanterns and Wat Phra Kaew (Thailand)
5. Eiffel Tower (France)
6. Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy)
7. London Eye (U.K.)
8. Machu Picchu and llama (Peru)
9. Pantheon (Greece)
10. Alps and log cabin (Austria)
11. Train (most of Europe for our Eurail-fuelled travel dreams)
12. Sahara and pyramids (Egypt)
13. Uluru, kangaroos, Sydney Opera House, Great Barrier Reef, tide pools, eucalyptus trees, and koala (Australia)
14. Great Wall of China and panda (China)
15. Taj Mahal (India)
16. Amazon River, rainforest, and piranhas (Brazil)
17. Icebergs (Antarctica)
18. Lotus pond (Japan)
19. Tiger’s Nest, Taktshang monastery (Bhutan)
20. Angel Falls on far left (Venezuela)

There are a lot more things I wish I could have put in – Mount Fuji, for instance – but it was hard enough to get everything in as it was. In the fine detailing, things were kind of overwhelmed which is probably my main critique of it. At one point I might put this in colour to make it clearer, but for now I’ll be leaving it like this.

I hope you enjoy it and that it brightens up the blog a little!


9 thoughts on “All in the Details

  1. Your blog was plenty bright already because of the two of you … but this is a wonderful and fun addition. Such an awesome list, but as northern lights follow arctic days you are going to be hearing from others who will have their own suggestions. And since that’s inevitable, I might as well be the first. 🙂

    On the world stage I’ll keep it simple (I have not been to these places, only dream of them):

    1. The Postojna Cave in Slovenia. See it first hand and attend a concert (along with 10,000 music lovers) in it with its perfect acoustics.

    2. Every square centimeter of New Zealand.

    Simple enough, yes?

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    1. Those sound like great additions! Actually now you mention it, I can’t believe I was so foolish as to forget a New Zealand reference, perhaps in the sketch of a hobbit hole – especially considering the namesake of this blog…

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