For this weekly photo challenge, the thematic was to feature an object. I’ve collected many souvenirs during my travels and could easily feature any of them and yet, there is one particular statue that is very significant to me. Why? Because I bought it BEFORE traveling to the destination it originates from.

I’m talking about the Buddha statue that I bought in Buenos Aires, Argentina months before my journey to the Asian continent. The moment I saw it for sale at the Barrio Chino, I KNEW I had to buy it. It was love at first sight.

My travel Buddhy (no pun intended) sat in front of me at my office for weeks, reminding me of what’s important in life and providing the inspiration to keep on saving money until I could fulfill my goal and travel to Sarnath, the little town of India where Lord Buddha gave his first lesson to his followers.

And, of course, once I finally reached my destination, I HAD to bring my Buddha statue along for the ride.

Do you have any travel related object that brings back powerful memories? Let me know in the comments section and remember to never lose focus on what’s important :)

Photo #1: Buddha Begins.

Buddha at Sarnath, India

Buddha at Sarnath

Photo #2: A Mexican Indian or an Indian Mexican?

Beginning of Budhism at Sarnath

Me and my travel Buddhy

Photo #03: The Stupa of the First Lesson. It all began here.

The Stupa of the First Lesson

The Stupa of the First Lesson

  • smilempsn

    Great first pic. The Buddha and Background amazingly captured..!!

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      Thank you very much! :D

  • fatou

    Indian Mexican sounds like it! it’s so nice to have something to get inspired from

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren

      Hahaha thanks! :D