Amsterdam Part 1: Feeling Guilty And My First Real Friend

Amsterdam Part 1: Feeling Guilty And My First Real Friend

From the journal (written on my first night in Amsterdam):

It’s been four days away from home and “on the road” and so far this trip has been everything I had imagined it to be. I’ve met new people, made new friends, seen new places, gone out of my comfort zone and explored new areas and tried new things. Which is exactly what I wanted. I feel like I maybe haven’t done as much introspection as I should? But again, it’s day 4. I’m sure part of this is still the high of actually doing this for real and not talking about but actually living it.

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Belgium: Yes, I Am Traveling Alone.

Belgium: Yes, I Am Traveling Alone.

From the journal:

This trip is so many things. Its part Euro-adventure and part Eat-Pray-Love-esk (which, trust me, I hated writing). It’s a dream and fantasy I have had for over 10 years, to backpack through Europe (or anywhere). It is a challenge, a step out of my comfort zone both mentally and emotionally to see if I can handle being on my own.

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Backpacking Europe: 1 Year Later

Backpacking Europe: 1 Year Later

A year ago yesterday I was landing in Belgium and starting a five-week journey that would completely change my life. I know that sounds really corny and a bit hyperbolic, but, for better or worse, it completely describes what happened. Despite how much I hate the whole “eat pray love” thing…it was kind of one of those trips. You know, minus the food of Italy, spiritual-ness of India, and sexy man in Bali. 

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