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Kirsten Alana
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A photographer and traveling writer, Kirsten blogs at Aviators & a Camera.

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Friday Photo: Exotic

2 Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 01/20/12 08:15 AM ET

When I hear the word exotic, I think of spices, colors and experiences that just aren't generally available within the border of my own country. I'm certain it's not outside the realm of possibility to have an exotic experience in the United States; it simply hasn't happened to me. Yet...

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Friday Photo: Happy Place

2 Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 01/13/12 01:45 PM ET

Frequent travel inevitably brings with it all manner of self-discovery. It's a natural side effect of discovering new places and things: The traveler discovers as much -- perhaps more -- inwardly, as out.

I've always though myself an adventurous person, one who appreciates the great outdoors and who would...

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Friday Photo: (Wo)man's Best Friend

14 Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 01/06/12 08:30 AM ET

As a solo female traveler, I've had my share of lonely moments on the road. Though I prefer the freedom to go wherever and whenever I please, it doesn't mean I don't once in a while long for company. One day strolling the beach in a small lake...

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Friday Photo: What's Old Is New

Posted December 30, 2011 | 12/30/11 08:00 AM ET

As all around the world images are shared on Twitter that fit the theme of this week's FriFotos -- "old and new" -- I will be boarding a plane to experience first-hand the very poignant crashing of old and new together, in Berlin.

The Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of old...

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Friday Photo: Best Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

5 Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 12/22/11 09:00 PM ET

This is the travel image I took this year that received the most positive and loud feedback from friends, family and fans.

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If you can't tell, it's Paris, La Tour Eiffel. Does such "voting" actually make it the best when it's...

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Friday Photo: Festive

Posted December 16, 2011 | 12/16/11 11:45 AM ET

The city of London, during the holidays, is aglow with festive lights and decorations from Heathrow to Dartford. Few cities that I've been to in the winter put on quite as wonderful a display as does London. (Though I am biased towards my home city of New York and Bryant...

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Friday Photo: Yellow

2 Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 12/09/11 08:25 AM ET

Color psychology teaches that yellow is the best color to inspire enthusiasm for life and an optimistic attitude. In New York City, yellow is as synonymous with taxi cabs as it is with school buses anywhere else. In fact, there is a "Yellow Taxi" cab company. Why wouldn't there be?...

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Friday Photo: The Best Skyline

38 Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 12/02/11 08:30 AM ET

The New York skyline is iconic. Featured in film, television and 47 million tourist photographs every year (if Wikipedia is to be believed), it's a well-worn yet beloved image. It's also an ever-changing one, through progress and through dramatic events like 9/11.

Most who live here -- whether born and...

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Friday Photo: Thankful

Posted November 25, 2011 | 11/25/11 10:25 AM ET

If you're reading this from a foreign shore, Thanksgiving may not mean much to you. Within the borders of the 50 states, it's the start of a season of gluttonous eating and gratuitous shopping that is supposed to represent an opportunity to stop and give thanks.

All week long, the...

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Friday Photo: Jamaican Pride

Posted November 18, 2011 | 11/18/11 12:00 PM ET

Travel far and wide, likely you will see a flag for every port of call and country you visit. That piece of cloth representative of a people is a point of pride in most places and perhaps more so in Jamaica than any other country I've recently visited.

Here...

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Friday Photo: Fall

Posted November 11, 2011 | 11/11/11 08:28 AM ET

Standing on my balcony, overlooking the canal, I notice leaves creating patterns on the surface of the colorless water. Beautiful, yet later to be spoiled by a passing barge. Leaving my apartment, the gray sky does little to brighten concrete and brown-brick buildings. In this part of the city, there's...

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Friday Photo: Trick Or Treat

Posted November 4, 2011 | 11/04/11 09:30 AM ET

In Northville, Michigan, Halloween is a competitive sport and perhaps the most important holiday of the year. Trick or Treat in Northville is an event months in the making.

One group, The Post Mortem Players, creates a stage and a performance each October that draws more than the whole neighborhood:...

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Friday Photo: Doors

Posted October 28, 2011 | 10/28/11 12:15 PM ET

Hearing the word door takes me back to my sophomore year of college. My suite-mate had a larger-than-life-size poster of Jim Morrison, naked, hanging on the wall above her bed. Because of the way our bathroom was positioned between the two rooms, I would see Jim Morrison's chest the moment...

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Friday Photo: Pink

Posted October 21, 2011 | 10/21/11 10:00 AM ET

I sometimes travel to be inspired, sometimes in the hope that I might find myself, sometimes to escape. It was escape I had on my mind when in my early twenties I sat in a doctor's office receiving news that the strange masses in my chest were likely cancerous and...

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One Year In Friday Photos (PHOTOS)

Posted October 14, 2011 | 10/14/11 09:30 AM ET

One is the loneliest number. ONE is a charitable organization co-founded by U2 frontman Bono, as well as a song by the band. One is the anniversary which often signals the end of the honeymoon period.

Today, one is also the theme -- as well as the milestone -- that...

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Friday Photo: Capitals

Posted October 7, 2011 | 10/07/11 03:30 PM ET

It's not difficult, as a world traveler, to become a collector of places and experiences. More than once in my travels I've encountered people who collect photographs of state and country capitol buildings. Standing in front of the icons or capturing them standing alone, it seems a popular pastime. Such...

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Friday Photo: Roads

Posted September 30, 2011 | 09/30/11 09:45 AM ET

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, John Denver. All, and many more, have crooned songs dedicated to it. Rascal Flatts went so far as to bless it, even when broken.

It's the road. It calls us, guides us, provides for us. We might get lost on it...

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Friday Photo: Lights

Posted September 23, 2011 | 09/23/11 09:54 AM ET

Perhaps no Parisian landmark is as emblematic of the City of Light as La Tour Eiffel, most particularly in the late evening when it sparkles for ten minutes on the hour every hour. The tradition was begun in 1999, when the tower played host to Paris' Millennium Celebration....

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Friday Photo: Stone

Posted September 16, 2011 | 09/16/11 11:45 AM ET

This week, we're featuring an image from the co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go: Michaela Potter. Like so many travelers, Michaela has trodden the stone paths and roads of countries all across the globe finding many a monument and crumbling building to photograph along the way.

In...

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Friday Photo: Defining Luxury

Posted September 9, 2011 | 09/09/11 12:40 PM ET

This week, we're featuring an image from the founder of FriFotos on Twitter: Jonathan Epstein. As an expert on travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland, he knows luxury - which is coincidentally, this week's theme.

"Luxury" most often conjures up images of five-star dining experiences, plush surroundings,...

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