People talk about traveling, going to Europe, or some far distant land, to “find themselves”, and while I believe that it is not usually our circumstances that change us, I do think that experiences can deeply impact us. Change starts in the mind, heart, and will, but experiences grab hold of something within us and urge it to the forefront. Experiences are all around us and we can look for adventure right within our neighborhood by loving, reaching out towards, and connecting with those who live right next door.
And while we can feel right at home in our very own bedroom, some places we’ve visited stay with us forever. Spending a month in Europe last fall was definitely one of those experiences that stuck with me, and every couple of weeks I get homesick for it. I feel cozy and content right at home, and yet longingly homesick when I look at a photo and suddenly, in spirit, I am walking the misty streets of London late at night or tasting Pain Au Chocolat and a Cafe Latte on the streets of France. Today was one of those days, one of those days where I couldn’t get England + Scotland [specifically] off my mind and while I was in my physical body sitting in the movie theater or eating out with friends, my mind was overlooking Edinburgh from the castle or wandering down alleys, stumbling upon windy staircases with stories of people who changed the course of writing many years ago. So I had to come home and look at photos again, remembering hanging out in Cambridge and being awestruck by the attention to detail in every. single. building. Being inspired by the hundreds of people that have walked this university for years and come out on the other side as world-changers.
I don’t share these photos to make people ache with that type of jealousy that envies, because I have been in that place and sometimes still do. I believe that experiences get even better when we share them. I believe that life gets better when we learn to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. I hope that these are a taste of Cambridge, England that just makes you a little more grateful for this big, diverse world that we live in. These photos make me F E E L, so I hope they do something for you too.
If you love travel photos, check out this post, featuring one of the best couples I know in Venice, Italy!