Journey & Camera

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Friday, August 12, 2016

How We Spent A Day In Betws-Y-Coed, Wales

Every few weeks, I’m hit by the sudden desire to visit Great Britain again. I find myself dreaming about driving along rolling hills with grazing sheep, catch myself longing for some tea and scones and start spending too much time reading blogs about life in the British countryside. I can’t deny that my love for the UK is in large part based on a case of the grass is always greener on the other side and on the fact that I just haven’t spent enough time in this country to get over the initial honeymoon stage and to really notice some of its bad sides, but I also can’t deny that there is something about this part of the world that has called to my heart ever since I first visited as a child and that makes me come back for more, time and time again.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Year Is Not Over Yet

pictures taken near the Hambach Castle in Germany's Palatinate Forest

I love days where I wake up in the morning just feeling good about life. There’s something extremely satisfying about the kind of days where you leap out of bed excited to get work done, the kind of days where everything seems easier and everyone seems friendlier. I wish every day was like this! Bu we all obviously also have days where we don’t really want to get out of bed in the morning, days where even the easiest of tasks seem daunting. But I believe that it’s how we choose to deal with these bad days that determines how content we can be with our lives: Staying positive is easy enough when everything seems to be going our way. But learning to see the bright side of life even when it doesn’t? Well, I think that that’s a skill that we can all benefit from.

Friday, August 5, 2016

How I Edit My Travel Pictures

Happy August everyone! Emma, Angie and Jessi are asking us to share our best travel lessons as part of their travel link up this month and so I have decided to interpret the theme a bit broadly to share my picture-editing process with you all. I hope you will find this helpful!

Travel has without doubt enriched my life with amazing experiences, broadened my horizon by introducing me to other cultures and reminded me of my place in our big world, but I think the most life-changing thing that travel has done for me personally is to turn me into a photographer. I doubt that I would ever have picked up a camera if it hadn’t been for travel, but exploring our world awakened a desire in me to capture its beauty and photography just seemed to be the obvious way to do so. Traveling to interesting places also encouraged me to learn more and more about this craft and made me want to keep on improving my skills and part of that journey was figuring out how to edit my pictures.

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Picture-Perfect Town in Germany: Meersburg, Lake Constance

As you may have been able to tell by all the ultra-saturated pictures that have been popping up on my Instagram feed lately, I went on a little pre-birthday trip to South Germany a few weeks ago and left with a whole new appreciation for my home country. When I was first bitten by the travel bug as a teenager dreaming of becoming a travel writer, I never really thought of Germany as an interesting travel destination. Germany seemed too familiar to excite the same travel fantasies in me that volcanoes in Iceland, busy streets in Japan, rugged mountains in Chile or lonely islands in the Pacific managed to evoke and so I never really bothered to make an effort to see more of the country.

Monday, July 18, 2016

10 Things That Have Made Me Happy Recently

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
– Andy Rooney

I found this quote on The Littlest Things last week and it really struck a chord with me. As a travel lover I tend to put a lot of emphasis on the importance of travel for my personal happiness, but I have begun to realize more and more that the everyday moments that make up the bulk of our life can be just as powerful, if not more so, than the exciting times that we spend hopping around the globe.
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