This is a photo of me that also appears on my SparkPage and is my FB profile photo. It was taken on my fifth day in London, England. I weighed about 190 lbs in this photo, but I wasn't even thinking of my weight and it is one photo where I don't notice all of the little imperfections or bulges that only you tend to notice in photos of yourself.
I was so happy in the above photo. It was my second trip to Europe, my last day in London before heading to Paris the next day. I had dreamed of visiting London and many other places in Europe for years and after putting off my dreams for a lack of time, a lack of money, and a lack of company able to travel with me I finally made a decision to find a way not to delay and achieve at least one of my dreams. I was going to make it happen. My first trip involved a low cost bus tour visiting Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Instead of quenching my desire to travel, see, and experience the world, it just increased it. And after hearing my fellow tour members talk about London and Paris I just knew I had to go there next.
In 2009 I booked a seat on a bus tour visiting London and Paris which caters primarily to single travellers, all in the 18 to 35 age range. I also added two extra days on in each London and Paris at a reduced rate through the tour company. My first tour experience gave me confidence that I could travel on my own without the safety net of a tour group the entire time, use public transit, eat in good restaurants on my own, and navigate through unfamiliar cities. Thus, my unforgettable trip to London and Paris was born.
The purpose of this challenge blog is to find a photo of yourself where you feel confident and happy in the photo and explain why. So, I think I am so happy and full of confidence in the above photo because I have just had an amazing five days fulfilling one of my passions. I was seeing new places, experiencing new things, and meeting new people. It was a rush! London is an amazing city filled with a great energy, but still has a connection to its past and slow, quiet moments can still be found within it. I was feeling all of that and more.
What I would like to keep from that photo is my sense of adventure and knowing that I can accomplish my dreams. There is always a way, it just may not be the most conventional. And it is always worth it to try new things, visit new places, and meet new people. What is keeping me going right now is planning for my next trip and trying to figure out how to accomplish it. Croatia here I come!