Growth Happens In The Valleys

Inspiration, Study Abroad, Travel
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Eygelshoven, The Netherlands (June 2016)

“Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” 
– Robin Sharma

Change is a beautiful thing. Really, it was a scary thing for me when I boarded a plane and moved to a country that I’ve never been to by myself last August. As my time is slowly winding down here, I can see such dramatic changes in who I am right now compared to who I was. It is a beautiful transformation to reflect upon. Now, not only am I totally content to not bathe for three days and go camping with people I’ve only just met… (see the post camping/music festival selfie from above), but I have learned how to love myself, make healthy choices in my lifestyle, find balance, look at everything from different points of view, and thrive in saying yes to new experiences. I’ve travelled, mostly alone, to ten different countries in the past ten months. I’ve seen beautiful works of art, both in museums and in the natural world, experienced many other cultures through food, language, art, landscapes, and mostly importantly, by meeting new people. When I first arrived in Amsterdam, I had never stayed in a hostel before. Looking back, I had no expectations on what was to come, but I am grateful for every moment and I wouldn’t change a single thing. Change, it’s a crazy, beautiful thing.

The Travel Bug

Inspiration, Travel
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Mdina, Malta (May 2016)

“This is why once you’ve traveled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you. Not English, or Spanish, or Mandarin, or Portuguese. But a language where others know what its like to leave. Change. Grow. Experience. Learn. Then go home again and feel more lost in your own hometown than you did in the most foreign place you visited. This is the hardest part about travelling, and its the very reason why we all run away again.” 
– The Purple Buddha Project

By Your Side In Barcelona

Study Abroad, Travel
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Barcelona, Spain (April 2016)

“Every time you have to go,
I shut my mind and you know.
I’ll be lying right by your side
In Barcelona.”
– George Ezra

I spent an amazing few days with my best friend in her new home of Barcelona. While we completed many exciting activities, my favourite stories include being surprised with tickets to hear classical music at Palau De Musica Catalunya (the second most beautiful building I’ve ever seen next to the Sagrada Familia), sunburning my entire backside after I fell asleep on Barceloneta Beach, and enjoying so much incredible street art and murals in the Sants neighborhood.