A drive through Hiawassee on a fall day is healing.
Up on Bell Mountain, you can bring a can of graffiti and leave your mark on the rocks. A lot of people on the internet seem very against the idea – but there is an official sign welcoming the graffiti and I honestly think it gives the place a unique feature for travelers to interact with. It certainly didn’t get in the way of me personally enjoying the exquisite views from the top. Nobody was expressing any negativity at the actual site and we saw a couple of people tagging while we were there. I’ll share the views from the top in another post, but for now enjoy the collective graffiti of many visitors across a fair amount of time. I really did enjoy this large collaborative mountain art piece!
A view I enjoyed of the rooftops over Paris.
So, Jeremy and I have been busy this year – and we have another thing to add to our list: We’ve moved! We found what we felt was the perfect house for us this July and we moved in September… and then immediately went to France. Suffice to say for now that I am in love with this house as I was the day I stepped into it for the first time 3 months ago… and I’ll have much more to share about it soon. As I look forward to this week – and a trip to Boston to see some clients – I thought about how little I write anything down anymore. Partially this is the fault of trying to blog like early-twenties me: someone with a lot of time, a lot to say, and eight million photos processed each week to share. I am just not in that place any longer so I am going to share what I can, when I can. I’m such a go big or go home kind of person for certain things in my life that it’s been hard to stop wanting to go big when I write … but the truth is that now the result is that I don’t go at all! So here’s to hopefully some more frequent posting, with more concentrated content future me ( and hopefully today you ) will enjoy.
So I’ll start with a simple photo of the drop dead gorgeous Eiffel tower the last night of our trip to Paris. Can’t believe this was just one week ago!
Jeremy and I stayed home today in hopes of seeing the eclipse passing over our town. We set up shop right outside on our driveway around 2pm and watched the moon cover and uncover the sun. It was a an amazing experience. Jeremy found an unused space blanket – which is pretty close to what eclipse glasses are – and we tied it around my lens and pointed it at the sun. I got some spectacular shots that I am so happy with.
The clouds rolled in and out but thankfully there were more thin than thick clouds.
When 2024 rolls around, I hope we are able to go see the eclipse again! It was truly a spellbinding experience.
On my playlist this morning – a fairly popular song. It’s got an excellent vibe. We are under a flood of activity here in our home, our careers, and our lives in general. This song espouses a moment of peace and reconciliation.
After many hours of travel, we are finally here in Bern, Switzerland! We are -pooped- so we’re heading to bed. I just wanted to say:
1. Swiss trains are awesome.
2. Swiss people are much nicer than online travel blogs make them out to be.
3. The only other indian I saw here was driving a taxi. Go figure (Not that I can talk, a software engineer).
4. The views are spectacular from everywhere!!!
How spectacular? This photo was taken on the train traveling quite fast during a rainy end of daylight hours.
Yeah, this is the shitty view through double paned glass with reflections from the interior lights and it was STILL AMAZING.
It’s raining here in Bern, and it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow but I’ve already fallen in love with this capital after riding a taxi through a teeny portion of it. Tomorrow – I am going to take photos of all the things!
Back in March, Jeremy and I spent part of our trip to Florida visiting Siesta Key. He had some sweet memories from his childhood – visiting the beach and getting ice cream at ‘The Big Olaf’- a creamery inland. The beach was especially kind to us. There were small schools of fish along the shore, and the tide had gone out – giving us close access to all the seabirds hunting the beach.
Jeremy and I are on the cusp of our next international destination : Switzerland!! As exciting as that has been to plan – I haven’t even written about the last time we went to a different country! My cousin got married last August in Scotland and we just had to go! We found the sweetest little cottage on a cliff and made our base of operations in Scotland in the little town of Queensferry.
“Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea,
And East and West the wanderlust that will not let me be;
It works in me like madness, dear, to bid me say good-by!
For the seas call and the stars call, and oh, the call of the sky!
I know not where the white road runs, nor what the blue hills are,
But man can have the sun for friend, and for his guide a star;
And there’s no end of voyaging when once the voice is heard,
For the river calls and the road calls, and oh, the call of a bird!
Yonder the long horizon lies, and there by night and day
The old ships draw to home again, the young ships sail away;
And come I may, but go I must, and if men ask you why,
You may put the blame on the stars and the sun and the white road and the sky!”
― Gerald Gould
My favorite furpal. She’ll be 12 this go-round the sun. May the badassery never cease!
Jeremy’s been doing Kung Fu for a few months now. He started back in the summer and has really loved it. It was a source of stress relief when I would spend long hours at work and as a result be fairly unavailable at home. I’ll write more on work life balance later – but a new hobby that prioritzes both mental and physical discipline can help get through those rough weeks when your spouse is focusing on something else. And it paid off. Jeremy placed first in his group yesterday at the 2016 US Open.