On June 2nd, 2013 I was sitting in the United lounge at Newark airport about to fly to the south of France for a summer of studying (read as wine drinking, dancing & tanning). It was my second time going to live abroad, but this time it was for 3 months instead of 6 weeks like the first time I went to study (read as skiing, beer drinking & aprés skiing) in the French alps of Chamonix.
-- FAST FORWARD ONE YEAR --
On June 2nd, 2014 I was sitting in the United lounge at Newark airport watching planes land and depart all day wondering where everyone was traveling to. I was on my way to live in a city I had never heard of to work at a company I really knew not much about.
— FAST FORWARD ANOTHER YEAR —
I guess life always works out how it is supposed to, because it is now June 2nd, 2015 and that city I had never heard of is a place I now call home (Dusseldorf), and that company I really didn't know much about is now apart of my daily life with people who I can now call my trivago family. A funny thing happens when you move away from everything you know. A sense of vulnerability kicks in which enables you to do things you probably wouldn't. It could be talking to strangers, eating dinner alone, exploring more - who knows.
Either way, it has been a year since I moved across the world to Germany. First off, where the hell does the time go? Secondly, I am currently sitting in my (new) favorite coffee shop listening to a language I still don't know - sorry germans - as I think about the past year and all of the adventures I have been able to experience, and more importantly the people who I have been able to laugh with along the way.
Within the last year WHERE IS PER has been read in 6 continents, 127 countries and over 2300 cites. It baffles me that people want to read my grammatically incorrect stories, watch my “uniquely” shot videos, or scroll through my photos. But I guess the point is to inspire you to travel. I hope everyone gets the chance to visit somewhere new as often as possible.
Here are a few of my favorite travel moments from the past year.
I am looking forward to another one.
DUSSELDORF, GERMANY. JUNE 2014
World Cup Winnings, Beer Drinking & A New Home
ANTWERP, BELGIUM. JULY 2014
Colossal Belgian Waffles, O Hotel & Vintage Shopping
PARIS, FRANCE. JULY 2014
Cappuchinos, Couch Surfing & Colombians.
PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN. JULY 2014
Topless Tanning, Beach Massages & Solo Traveling
MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS. JULY 2014
Gelato, Dutch Bikes & Cheese Stores
BERLIN, GERMANY. JULY 2014
10 hours, Rooftop Bars & Convertible Cars
TRIER, GERMANY. AUGUST 2014
Roadtrips, Schnitzel & Spritzers
TIROL, AUSTRIA. SEPTEMBER 2014
Party Trains, Mountain Biking & Hungover Hiking
CANCUN, MEXICO. SEPTEMBER 2014
Blogger Conferences, Mexican Food & Turtle Hatching
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. OCTOBER 2014
Design Sleepovers, Mushroom Picking & Sauna Swimming
TAMPA, FL. USA NOVEMBER 2014
Thanksgiving Eating, Beach Swimming & Family Bonding
ST. MAARTIN & BVI DECEMBER 2014
Snorkeling, Tanning & Cruising
hello there, 2015
CHAMONIX, FRANCE. JANUARY 2015
Rock Skiing, Powder Skiing & Apres Skiing
CARLINGFORD, IRELAND. JANUARY 2015
Reunions, Gambling & Fish & Chips
ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND. FEBRUARY 2015
Fondue, French Fries & Fresh Snow
LUXEMBOURG. MARCH 2015
Exploring, Yacht Weeking & Coffee Drinking
LAPOINT SURF CAMP. APRIL 2015
HAMBURG, GERMANY. APRIL 2015
Getting social, Rooftops & Lake Runs
ABU DHABI, UAE. MAY 2015
24k Cappuchinos, Brunching & Desert Surfing
IRELAND. MAY 2015
Cliffs, Good Craic & Festivals
Phew. That is a lot of traveling, a lot of sleepless nights & a lot of memories to last a lifetime. Oh & thanks to the friends who have come to visit me in Dusseldorf. Home is where your heart is, and close friends always make life more memorable.
Goals For The Next Year?
More Travel & More Collaborations.
So cheers to another year, keep reading & keep on sharing. I promise to keep on traveling.