Walking streets alone and eating dinner at tables for one — maybe with a book, maybe not — you’re left alone for hours, days on end with nothing but your own thoughts. You start talking to yourself, asking yourself questions and answering them, and taking in the day’s activities with a slowness and an appreciation that you’ve never before even attempted. Even just going to the grocery store — when in an exciting new place, when all by yourself, when in a new language — is a thrilling activity. And having to start from zero and rebuild everything, having to re-learn how to live and carry out every day activities like a child, fundamentally alters you. Yes, the country and its people will have their own effect on who you are and what you think, but few things are more profound than just starting over with the basics and relying on yourself to build a life again. I have yet to meet a person who I didn’t find calmed by the experience. There is a certain amount of comfort and confidence that you gain with yourself when you go to this new place and start all over again, and a knowledge that — come what may in the rest of your life — you were capable of taking that leap and landing softly at least once.

What Happens When You Live Abroad (via house-of-bones)

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WWII Memorial; Washington, DC.
—photo by Gian

WWII Memorial; Washington, DC.

—photo by Gian

Panda, DC Zoo.
—photo by Gian

Panda, DC Zoo.

—photo by Gian

Francis Scott Key Bridge, Washington DC (taken while at the Exorcist steps!)
—photo by Gian

Francis Scott Key Bridge, Washington DC (taken while at the Exorcist steps!)

—photo by Gian

WWII Monument; Washington, DC
—photo by Gian

WWII Monument; Washington, DC

—photo by Gian

Washington Monument and the flag in front of the WWII Monument, Washington, DC.
—photo by Gian

Washington Monument and the flag in front of the WWII Monument, Washington, DC.

—photo by Gian

Birdies! Washington, DC.
—photo by Gian

Birdies! Washington, DC.

—photo by Gian

Where will your next adventure be?

Dallas Green

is a god.

(I know it’s not travel related, but I went to his show last night and he’s even better live. Just unbelievably amazing; flawless) 

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You’re the lullaby, that’s singing me to sleep. You are the other half, you’re like a missing piece

Northern Wind - City and Colour

gives me chills, so perfect.

CITY AND COLOUR

TONIGHT. OMGAH. DALLAS GREEN’S VOICE. AAHHH.

as you can tell, I am very excited.

Elephant:) DC Zoo
—photo by Gian

Elephant:) DC Zoo

—photo by Gian

US Capitol, DC
—photo by Gian

US Capitol, DC

—photo by Gian

DC Metro map, at the steps of the Jefferson Monument
—photo by Gian

DC Metro map, at the steps of the Jefferson Monument

—photo by Gian

DC Zoo!
—photo by Gian

DC Zoo!

—photo by Gian

Think before you speak, please.