08 5 / 2012
I miss that feeling when the late-afternoon sunlight is flooding the desert and you’ve just flown past a sign warning, “last gas for 100 miles” with a quarter of a tank left, and you’re with your sister and you’re singing along to that band that changed your life in high school, and you know you’ll never catch up to the horizon, try as you might.
That’s the type of moment I live for.
12 1 / 2011
I miss traveling.
Fumbling around my dark apartment at an ungodly hour, trying not to wake my flatmates before leaving at dawn to catch a train or a flight. Underestimating the time or missing the train and freaking out that I’d miss my flight, and then sitting in an airport for half an hour because my budget airline plane was delayed. Landing in a city with no map and only vague instructions for finding the hostel.
And then the wonder of discovering a new city. Seeing things I had read about or seen in pictures or happening upon something completely unknown. Spotting a spire in the distance and deciding that direction is as good as any, and beginning to walk. Getting completely lost trying to find something that turns out to be right under my nose. Spending hours trying to track down truly incredible honey gelato. Feeling like a dork with my camera at tourist spots. Trying to pronounce foreign words on maps and menus and feeling like a fool in my ineptitude at languages. Eating delicious local food and stumbling into bed, feet aching, at an early hour and sleeping like a rock. Finding, the next day, that I’m not so lost, and hungry for more adventure. Once again, falling into bed exhausted, satisfied, and ready to move on and see more places, experience new things. Getting up and doing the whole thing all over again.
04 1 / 2011
I didn’t have to work tonight, so naturally, I got bored and planned a two-week trip to Ireland. I now have an itinerary written on a post-it in my Let’s Go Europe book, all ready for some time in the far distant future, after I drive Route 66 and hike the Inca Trail in Peru and who knows what else.
I have a sickness.
11 11 / 2010