Chasing Waterfalls

I’m a city-body. A metropolitan woman. I live right in the center of London, next to one of its busiest train stations. I thrive in the constant hum of cars, sirens and trains. I’m also a cosmopolitan. I fill my weeks with trips to bars and chats with people from all over the world. In my world, life never stops.

Most of the time I love it. It’s also the simplest and quickest way to numb or avoid uncomfortable feelings. But, and this is quite an important but, once in a while it just gets too much.

The love and need to be around water has never been strange to me. An islander, I feel as comfortable on a boat or swimming in the deep sea as amongst the chaos of the concrete jungle. When it comes to the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls… that’s another story. The photographs I’d seen were always too far, too edited or too mystical to be true. Until I made the trek to the first one. And I fell deeply in love with the roaring sound of the water hammering on the base.

Waterfall in Trinidad, Cuba
Under my first “swimmable” waterfall in Trinidad, Cuba.

Waterfalls are simple yet gorgeous feats of nature, and some of my happiest memories are of swimming to one and letting the water crash all around me. To honour all the waterfalls that bring happiness across the world, here’s a selection of my favourites.

Glacial waterfall in New Zealand
An immense waterfall in New Zealand
A stream in Yosemite National Park, USA
A peaceful stream in Yosemite National Park, USA
Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad, Cuba
Girl swimming in a waterfall
My beautiful friend in Cuba.
Praying in Pura Tirta Empul
My friend praying in Pura Tirta Empul, Bali.
Aling Aling Waterfalls
Swimming under Aling Aling Waterfalls (NOT the sacred one) was one of the happiest experiences of my life.
Git Git Waterall, Bali
Git Git Waterfall is man-mad, but impressive and a wonderful place
Huka Falls in Taupo, New Zealand
The roaring flow of the Huka Falls is unforgettable.
Small stream in Hay-on-Wye
Small stream just off the Wye river in Wales

2 thoughts on “Chasing Waterfalls

  1. Gorgeous photos! I’ve seen waterfalls a few times, including Costa Rica, but never been swimming in a waterfall. That sounds amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Definitely try next time, it’s such a special experience 🙂

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