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Solitary Wanderlust – The Last Days

Somewhere In Germany

It is hard to fathom that two months have gone by and one of the most exciting and adventurous times of my life has come to a close.

Initially, I approached this trip with fear. A silly gripping fear that sent my anxiety levels through the roof. A silly fear of the unknown that made me surrender myself to my insecurities and phobias. Goddamn it! Not again.

It didn’t take too long to overcome them and allow myself permission to enjoy myself and absorb all these new worlds that came at me on a daily basis. As the days would come and go, I could feel myself growing. Both in confidence and letting the good things in my life… win!

I travelled to and through many countries. I experienced differing cultures and languages like a seasoned professional. Granted, loneliness did permeate through at times but with my camera in tow on each adventure I sought to undertake – enjoyment subsided the lonely days and I digested as much with my eyes (and camera!) as I possibly could. Yeah, I liked what I saw!

Nothing was planned. I would land in any given city and have a very rough estimate of what I wanted to do and see. The first day would be my time to acclimatise. Ok, I am here. Transportation is there. Food supplies and necessities are here. I would stock up for the week ahead and then attack the next day like an explorer out to capture the unknown.

And it all was unknown. All of it.

It isn’t anymore.

I feel as if you can now drop me anywhere in the world and within moments I am quite confident I can navigate both language and terrain barriers. When you’ve mastered getting from point-A to point-Z, getting to point-B is a breeze!

Through every moment you gain experience. Every experience becomes a memory. An everlasting memory that personally I know, I will hang on to and cherish for the rest of my days.

This is the magic of travel. Conquering the unknown. Negating any barriers. Surrendering yourself to the now. Learning to master the instant. Locking the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes deep into the sinews of your mind for eternal reference.

And as dramatic as it all may sound, this trip saved my life.

I have gained many new perspectives. I have come to see the error of my ways in my past. I have learnt to recognise the many areas of my personal life where I need to lift my game.

I have learnt to love myself. Self fear and loathing be gone. You’ve dominated my life long enough. I feel confident to tackle many situations that I could not before. So many new tools acquired, now to put them into practice in the home world.

I live and breath. I am alive. I have conquered fears. The love for my inner circle has only grown. The bond of family has just become stronger and tighter.

And as this trip comes to a close, in my mind’s eye I have already begun planning the next.

See the world. Let it change you. Add chapters to your life’s experience. Better yourself. Free your mind. Breathe in the air from different countries. Adapt to new culture. Be born again into the arms of Mother Nature and realise that all her gifts are all you need.

This is a new me.

Some of the amazing World War II monuments in Berlin, Germany

The stunning Budapest skyline

Another of the piles of skeletal remains that adorn all sides of the chapel.

Magical Prague like something out of a fairy tale

Like time stood still. The living room where I spent the last 10 days of my holiday in Europe in the village of Karya.

The holy face-palm! Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Budapest Parliament

The Dancing Building in Prague

A random lady lights a candle at the main church in the city of Argos

The beuatiful coastal city of Nafplio

Ramones Museum, Berlin

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