Friday, July 22, 2016
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
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.
Friday, July 15, 2016
I was going to publish this post Friday three weeks ago, but then the Brexit happened and I was feeling all the feels and writing a lighthearted post about my trip to Wales just didn’t feel right. I have always wanted to live in the UK for at least a few years and so I naturally worry what the Brexit will mean for both my future and the future of Europe as a whole. Not that I get to complain – my plight is nothing in comparison to the uncertainty that those that have already built a life in the UK must be feeling. But while I’m not pessimistic enough to believe that the Brexit is going to lead Britain to its ultimate doom and hope that the country will not become some sort of of closed-off enclave that will allow zero immigration in the future, I think no one can deny that many things are uncertain right now.
One thing I don’t feel uncertain about, though, is that the British countryside is still one of the most beautiful places on earth – and so I wanted to share yet another Welsh adventure with you all!
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes – you guys really are the sweetest!
A few weeks ago, my parents and me spent a lovely weekend in Amsterdam and it was the perfect little early summer escape. Since my first visit was in the middle of winter when a harsh wind was blowing through the streets the entire time, I was excited to not only return to a city that I had found so easy to love the first time, but especially to do so in summer. Because Germany had experienced an uncharacteristically cool spring this year, I was a little worried that we wouldn’t get to see the sun in the Netherlands either, but thankfully we got lucky and had a few gloriously sunny hours during our visit.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Happy 4th of July to all my American readers (have some BBQ for me, please?) and happy 24th Birthday to me! Is it okay to wish yourself a happy birthday or is that a sign of losing touch with reality? In any case, I hope you’re all off to a wonderful July!
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