Random pictures of small villages along the Ionian Sea in Greece… There are a few shots of Athens thrown in here along with the ancient ruins of Delphi. This post is unorganized and random, but I am short on time and I am currently in Israel with bad internet connection. Stay tuned for an upcoming post detailing my time spent in Greece 🙂
I am so fortunate to be able to travel so much this year. I returned from France back in February knowing I would travel again one day, but I never thought I would be given the chance to work and travel abroad so soon. Maybe I was meant to come home early so I would find this new opportunity. Life is full of obstacles, and unfortunate circumstances may lead one to seeking something even better than before! Having to return to America could just be fate leading me into the direction that I am destined to be in.
I am now working in New York City and was in the Bahamas this past week. It was an amazing experience and the first time I have ever been to a tropical island. I can absolutely see why people wish to retire in such paradise!
Palm trees and sunny blue skies are the norm on these islands 🙂
And the sunsets are breathtaking!
I was very busy and did not take many photos for this trip, but for the next trip I plan on taking much more. I would love to learn more about the Bahamas and its culture. It is definitely a place I will go back to again one day!
I am flying to France today! I honestly cannot believe I am leaving. The feeling is surreal. It seems like just yesterday it was February when I found out I got the job as an au pair. For those new to my blog (and my life), if you haven’t found out already, I am going to be an au pair in Rouen starting tomorrow when I arrive, and until the end of July 2013. I will be in France for almost a year. I will be looking after three little girls ages 7, 5, and 2. I am also going to be taking french classes at the Universite De Rouen. I have weekends off, and will spend most of my free time in Paris!
It is pretty crazy to think that I have never been on a vacation or traveled much at all in my life, and now here I am packing my bags and moving to a foreign country. I love spontaneity. I can’t deal with the same routine day-to-day life. I need change. Traveling is a true passion of mine and I must make every effort to see as much of the world as I can!
This past year I have been planning and saving for this adventure in my life. Though there were more than a few bumps in the road along the way, nothing is going to stop me from setting out on what I want to do. My whole life I have been so afraid of people’s judgements and expectations. The fear of failing has stopped me from attempting to pursue many of my ambitions. I have come to the realization that just because negativity surrounds myself where I am now (New Jersey), that doesn’t mean that I have to be trapped by it forever. France is my escape. It’s a positive start to a new life full of new places and new people.
I will be working most of the time and I know it’s not all fun and games. Being an au pair is not a glamorous job. I am sure I am going to break down and cry the first week! The language barrier is going to be my biggest challenge. I hope I catch on very quickly!
I tried packing as little as possible, but I somehow managed to pack four suitcases. I am moving after all!
My friends were at the beach so I decided to walk up and take one last picture in my hometown. It is so windy today! I have lived here my whole life, and it is going to be such a culture shock living abroad. I am so excited though!
I am flying out of New York City and I have a layover in Iceland. I should arrive in Paris around 1 pm 🙂