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    Posted July 31, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Photo traditions

    Handstands Around the World (estb.1996)

    I woke up to a link in my newsfeed from my friend Sara with the comment ,“I was pretty pissed off that this article was not about you.” Curious i clicked the link that read Landmark Handstands and other photo traditions. And sure enough there they were. Photos of people who also enjoyed turning the world upside down.

    There was certainly a moment of “wtf?? this is my thing, damnit!”, but that quickly gave way to a certain brotherhood amongst fellow handstanders. As an avid traveler it warmed me to hear that iReporter Andrew Bennett began his handstanding in 2007 on a study abroad trip. Similarly I began mine studying abroad in Ecuador in 1996 with an innocent handstand on the Equator. And as the slideshows progressed I couldn’t help smile as i viewed iReporter Shene doing a handstand on a surfboard. My recent handstand attempt in Costa Rica on one was not as successful; mostly saltwater up my nose. It’s nice to be in the company of like-minded souls.

    I can’t speak for them, but I know that anywhere I go of any significance will need a handstand photo. And they are not always as easy to acquire as you think. First, there is the obvious need to be able to do one. But the real fun comes when trying to ask (often in another language) to a stranger if they could take a picture of you, and then trying to explain to them not to take the photo until you’re inverted. It always seems to end in smiles though, and I love that. I’m smiling because I love handstands, but somewhere within my periphery there is always at least one other smile because of it and that just makes it better.

    So here’s a collection of TomTom’s Handstands Around the World (estb.1996). It begins on the Equator and takes you to some recognizable spots. New ones will always be added until my final breath. I hope they bring a smile.

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