Hidden Scottish Gems

Hidden Scottish Gems

Reminiscing about wandering through the medieval ruins of Inchmahome Priory.

Capture Cultura is an homage to places around the world that I have been too and fallen in love with for so many reasons. And while this site only touches the tip of an iceberg of countries and cultures I hope to explore in the future, for now these travels are on pause as travel restrictions remain a part of life with Covid-19.

Increasingly, I am drawn to my memories of Scotland. When I ventured to Scotland, I was in my early twenties and the country has always been close to my heart. Perhaps it is the wild and rugged countryside or my Scottish heritage, but going to Scotland felt like a homecoming of sorts.

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Below the Surface

Below the Surface

Stumbling Upon an Off-the-Beaten-Path Fish Market in Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market may be the area’s claim to fame, however, local haunts hidden off-the-beaten path offer a more intimate look at local life. Wandering away from the busy water’s edge and sprawling wholesale market, I come across a large white building framed by a red awning. A stream of people enters and exits through a large open door. No signs mark the otherwise inconspicuous façade. Stepping into the building and down a flight of stairs, I find myself emerging into a dark, windowless interior. Within, a cramped space lit by fluorescent bulbs hosts a bustling fish market.

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#Vanlife: Chapter Two

#Vanlife: Chapter Two

Taking-in the Stunning Sand Dunes at Woodside Beach.

After soaking up the gentle morning sunshine and incredible views of Wilsons Promontory National Park, cradling my coffee from the Tidal River Visitor Centre after a less-than peaceful night, I trepidatiously stepped back into Hilda’s boat-like interior. My boyfriend, Alejandro, and my first jaunt into Vanlife had not gone all together too smoothly… but he was keen to get going and prove the events from yesterday wrong.

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Seascapes: Newcastle

Seascapes:  Newcastle

Sand, sea and a playful breeze accompany our walk along Bathers Way.

Looking through these photos of our trip to Newcastle makes my heart ache with a beautiful nostalgia. My husband had surprised me with a completely spontaneous trip to a city that neither of us knew much about (the tickets had been on a flash sale; reason enough for an impromptu adventure.)

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Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Make the City’s Streets Their Own

Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Make the City’s Streets Their Own

On Sundays, thousands of women flock together in Hong Kong’s Central district to create a community during their day of rest.

What strikes me most about Hong Kong is its population. Life in this city is like a layered cake, with shops, restaurants and living spaces crammed on top of each other in towering skyscrapers. Space is a rare commodity, with the average apartment being large enough to hold a sleeping space, hot plate and a bathroom that marries the square footage reserved for a toilet and shower.

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#Vanlife: Chapter One

#Vanlife: Chapter One

 Spending the first night in the van off-the-grid at Wilsons Prom.

My eyes are blinded by tears. Happy tears, sad tears. Tears caused by gratitude for the family I found working as a part-time waitress at a café in Melbourne’s suburb of St. Kilda, and tears caused by knowing that a chapter in my life had come to a most definite close.

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Waking Up in Sa Pa, Part II

Waking Up in Sa Pa, Part II

A trek through the mountains leads to learning about local life.

By the time my husband, Alejandro, and I woke up from our early morning nap — after taking the overnight train from Hanoi to Sa Pa — it was late afternoon and we didn’t have enough time to experience any of the local tours that would take us through the valley.

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Faces of Hội An

Faces of Hội An

Portraits of people bringing light and life to Hội An.

Hội An’s golden buildings make a glowing backdrop framing the people who bring life to the historic city. In the meandering Old Town, shopkeepers sweep doorframes and the smells of cooking — braised pork, fresh chili, basil, star anise and lime — permeate through the air. Silk lanterns of sky-blue, fuchsia and lavender span archways and sway in the gentle breeze as tourists laugh and chat in open-air cafes.

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