Germany: a Lesson in Juxtaposition

Although I’d been to Europe a few times before, pretty early on I had a realization: Europe is one big juxtaposition. Maybe I only realized this now because in Germany it seems to be a lot more heightened, but I was super curious about how so many cultural factors on this beloved continent were… opposites. Here’s what I mean...

Find Friends Who Say Yes

I’m an introvert. I would shout that out to the world if that was something that introverts did. I’m not afraid to admit (although this took some time) that I like being alone… a lot. Even some of my BEST friends I only see every couple of weeks, and weirdly, I’m totally okay with that. With this being said, I wouldn’t trade my wolf pack of friends for the world.

Beer Gardens and Cathedrals

can you have a perfect (or near perfect) traveling experience while traveling with people whose traveling styles don’t fit with yours? After being on several trips where the group just did NOT mesh for one reason or another, my initial answer would be no. Different personalities and traveling styles can cause friction that can dampen what is supposed to be a killer experience. This experience factor matters SO much that entities like Destination Canada have made handy quizzes that will tell you exactly what kind of traveler you are (I got the authentic traveler, try it out yourself!). This is supposed to be useful in planning future trips (and also is crazy good consumer data if you work in tourism marketing). Almost three weeks into my Europe trip with my dear boyfriend by my side, I’m disputing my initial answer of “no” to that question.

Letting Go of Planted Roots

As I’m getting ready to leave for three months in Europe, I can’t help but find myself reminiscing about how I got here since I left just over three years ago for a transformational five months studying and living in Hatfield, England. Or more so what happened after I got back…