Mind The Gap

 “TRAVEL CHANGES YOU. AS YOU MOVE THROUGH THIS LIFE AND THIS WORLD YOU CHANGE THINGS SLIGHTLY, YOU LEAVE MARKS BEHIND, HOWEVER SMALL. AND IN RETURN, LIFE- AND TRAVEL – LEAVES MARKS ON YOU.”

– Anthony Bourdain

I have been in London for 3 weeks exactly but feel as if I have only just arrived.  I wake up every morning in disbelief that I am in a city so beautiful as London. As the quote above says, you leave marks behind but the travel leaves marks on us as well. For me this could not be more true. With every exploration comes knowledge and growth that will forever be a part of me.

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The famous Danish author of The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling, Hans Christian Andersen, once said, “To travel is to live” and it is not until you travel that you realize the immense truth in this statement. The definition of travel is to make a journey, however it is not specified how long this journey must be. Because of this, I believe that everyone has the opportunity to travel- to the next city, the next state, the next camping ground, the next country. In my life, I have been incredibly fortunate in the numerous opportunities I have had to travel to places that have all shown me new parts I had yet to discover about myself. One thing in common, however is – this life is not meant to be lived in one place. Wherever I go, whenever I go, I am in utter and complete awe of the beautiful people, delicious food, stunning art and unique cultures of a place.

While my trip has just begun, I have already fallen in love with the exploration of the world and never intend to stop…

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