laurenepbath I’m sharing this photo because I like it. Since my Royal Caribbean cruise was officially a holiday I was kind of just taking tourist snaps and on this particular day the rain was non-stop. Rain is very tricky to shoot in, you need lens hoods, camera raincoats, and umbrellas and even then it’s kind of demotivating. But I loved this little raindrop caught about to fall. And I loved getting back to the ship for one of my signature four-hour holiday “naps”. Haha. @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz
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  •   superchinois801 Amazing feed 16h
  •   l_yeager Oh how I love naps!! :) lovely photo, the color is so nice! 14h
  •   khadejasaleem Very nice 11h
  •   kays.gallery An apple captured in its state and nature and rain...doings its thing. It may have been demotivating with all the rain gear but appreciated by all. Thank you. 11h
  •   sweetocean_ Enjoy those naps Lauren.... !! This shot feels refreshing 10h
  •   bjwr2014 Very pretty 9h
  •   elisaparkranger @laurenepbath pretty! imagine it had been raining for days and days non stop over here...! Glad I put lots of sunshine in my suitcase from the last trips!! 5h
  •   westigo2 Sounds like you enjoyed NZ as well. 4h

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laurenepbath OMG! I went to Wellington, that’s where Peter Jackson lives! (Told you I’m a Lord of the Rings nerd!) I did a LOTR shore excursion and we visited Mount Victoria where a lot of scenes for the Fellowship of the Ring were filmed. You can’t see it
from this perspective but my ship was parked down there looking a lot smaller than it really is! @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz #RoyalCaribbeanTime
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laurenepbath As much as I loved my RC ship I took way more photos offshore. It was challenging photography for me because we were always cruising around sunrise and sunset when I’m usually shooting. Even on holidays I’m hard on myself. On the cloudier days the light was soft enough to get some really pretty shots, like here in Napier and also in Hobbiton! @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz
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laurenepbath You probably wouldn’t believe it if I told you but I saw seals about half an hour from Wellington city! This is why I chose to cruise to New Zealand, the place is insane! This is a New Zealand fur seal, a breed I’ve previously photographed in Tasmania. Apparently the young males like to cruise over to Australia to get up to no good in their youth before settling back down in NZ! @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz #RoyalCaribbeanTime 2d

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laurenepbath This is a horse. I did not photograph this horse on Royal Caribbean. Lol. Another
shore excursion, this time to the New Zealand town of Napier where I had a lovely horse ride. They looked at me puzzled when I jumped up with a dslr camera around my neck and asked if I had ever photographed from horseback before. Pftt, “just like every time”, I said. Haha. I feel like I’d love to start riding again, even without a camera. I love horses! @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz #RoyalCaribbeanTime
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laurenepbath Here she is! This is the ship I just spent nearly two weeks on! I never knew if I was a cruise person before this but I actually really liked it. I slept like a baby, which I really needed after all the traveling I’ve done this year. I also went ice-skating on a ship, yep there’s an ice skating rink on board (Good practice for my next Canadian winter!) and read four books from cover to cover. Oh, and did I mention that I took this photo from the “Bridge”; I was personally invited by the Staff Captain. @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz #RoyalCaribbeanTime 3d

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laurenepbath For those that guessed Middle Earth, you’re close! Haha. I’ve been cruising in
New Zealand and actually visited the Hobbiton movie set in Tauranga on a Royal
Caribbean shore excursion. Despite the relentless rain I found Hobbiton one of
the cutest places I’ve ever been. I’m such a Lord of the Rings nerd! @RoyalCaribbean_AuNz #RoyalCaribbeanTime
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laurenepbath I’m back! For those that pay attention I’ve just had nearly two weeks off Instagram due to being on a cruise holiday with limited Wi-Fi. I’ve been on Royal Caribbean’s “Voyager of the Seas” for the first trip after their 80 million dollar refurbishment! Can anybody guess from this photo where I cruised?
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laurenepbath Alright guys - my last Dubai post (for now!) I just want to let you all know that for the next 12 days I'll be off cruising with little Internet. I'll miss you and promise to come online with great holiday snaps every time I have reliable wifi! @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath The power and the beauty of these birds! They are incredible. @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath These are the untouched sand dunes of the Al Maha Desert resort and spa. I think we all went a little nuts here, stalking each other through the dunes. The desert in Dubai was much more than I could have expected! @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w
  •   mariamaunula Beautiful image! I want to visit a desert some day, I can imagine that one's mind finds such peace there because there's so much space! 😇 2w
  •   freethebirdphotography Looks like fun 2w
  •   kathalenak Lovely 2w
  •   robynwagnercelebrations We visited Dubai for 4 days on our way back frm Europe in July and it was amazing. As u said Lauren the desert is unbelievable and everyone has to do the night safari. 2w
  •   donnadeedonna70 Very lovely .. 1w
  •   dcwade Very cool! 1w
  •   poeticwordvomit It was certainly amazing. I miss the entire crew! 4d
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laurenepbath I finally got some more shots edited this afternoon, geez my jet lag has been bad the past few days. You would think that I would get used to it right?! So anyway, these are flamingo's because everybody knows there are wild flamingos in Dubai. Right? @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath I'm still not done with Dubai?! How strange does the skyline look with the Burj Khalifa towering over everything else?! Crazy to think that I was almost at the top! @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath From that day we went to the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Reichlyn reclined in the hallway! How good is light? @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath This man ! Probably the most graceful man I've ever seen. We made him jump, leap and prance through the desert for half an hour. So worth it! Thanks @maximecoquard ! @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath Who wanted to see more fox photos? Hehe. Check the link in my profile if you want to see more behind the scenes shots. @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w

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laurenepbath Good morning! Here's an unusual post for me as I get philosophical... One of the things I have always loved about Instagram is that it breaks down barriers. A lot of people are scared of the Middle East and don't know enough about other religions and cultures to better understand them. In Dubai my group had the pleasure of learning more about local dress and customs and a lot was surprising information. For example I didn't know that the white "dishdash" that men wear was designed for the desert and the head piece protects against sand storms. The women's "abaya" was always worn for modesty and face coverings had the purpose of protection against the weather and desert. Several members of our group even purchased traditional clothes at the textile souk and tried them on for size. If anyone has questions about Dubai I'd love to answer them, nothing is too stupid. Lol. @MyDubai #MyDubai 2w
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  •   hamsa_f @bre.martin lol u obviously have the misconception here.. What you are talking about in ksa is the abaya not the face cover! And they are not arrested! U obviously havent been to ksa. Why do people love to dramatize everything. :/ 2w
  •   yara_aldabbagh @bre.martin what movie/ news channel have you been watching?! Killed for showing her face? Seriously?! I'm a full fledged Saudi and I've never covered my face, my abayas are not even black. 1w
  •   yara_aldabbagh @bre.martin and there is no law that can get you arrested for showing your face either. There are 4 main scholars in Islam, some are more strict than the others. Many people in Saudi Arabia follow the strictest one, which dictates covering the face, , but don't enforce it on the whole nation. 1w
  •   dcwade Nice!! 1w
  •   michaela_sun Lovely pic as usual........always wonderful to meet people from different cultures. Growing up in NZ as a child i have fond memories of the nuns in their habits. That was not that long ago (70's). The Flying Nun was a much loved TV show - head covering and all😀 1w
  •   enchiladajo I'm learning so much thru these posts and you're right, not everyone takes the time to understand different cultures and come to their own conclusions. Thanks for sharpen Lauren 6d
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laurenepbath Wow! The jet lag kicks in! Asleep at 6pm and wide awake at midnight, haha. So I'm kicking it old skool by hanging out on Instagram for a bit. I'm not sure if anyone will like this, glamorous girl leaping through the desert at sunrise with a flowing piece of cloth. Lol. I really recommend spending time in the desert if you go to Dubai - we even saw a MASSIVE camel spider pre sunrise and it burrowed into the sand. . @MyDubai #MyDubai 3w

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laurenepbath You ask - I deliver! Here's a shot of me looking fancy at the Burj Al Arab! As you can imagine I usually look like a huge dag, dressed for the comfort of shooting. It's nice sometimes to get dressed up, especially for such a beautiful place! We were hosted in a suite with white gloved butlers, French champagne and delicious canapés. The Burj Al Arab is the only 7 star hotel in the whole world!! Pictured with some of my very besties with photo taken by the extremely talented @maximecoquard . @MyDubai #MyDubai 3w

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laurenepbath I'm alive!! After an epic, epic, epic trip I'm finally back home on the Gold Coast! Looking forward to sorting through my photos more thoroughly. What do you guys want to see? I've got desert, city, behind the scenes and even photos of myself being all fancy. Lol. @MyDubai #MyDubai 3w

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