I went to the Louvre and saw a lady sitting alone with a sketchpad, drawing the exterior layout of the structure. I proceeded to start a random conversation, which led to her drawing a portrait of me. She ended up taking me around the market for some champagne and cheese all afternoon.
I had a roommate in the hostel from London and he asked me what I was doing that night; I replied with a smile; I am game for anything. Then he said I should join him to one of the best music festivals in Europe (Premavera Sound). Four different bands from several genres playing simultaneously in a massive open grounds venue. It was truly spectacular. My iPhone got stolen later that night in the metro, but it was nothing compared to the pure joy of the experience and the fond memories I keep.
This historic place was very captivating. What I once saw only in the postcards as a kid, from the Coliseum, leaning tower of Pisa, the canals and gondolas of Venice, actually standing there and seeing it right before my eyes was surreal. Not to mention also tasting the greatest coffee and pizza I had in my life. It was a testament that positive imagination can work wonders.
One of the most diverse in cultures, Berlin is also the most creative city. I rented a bike and went around to visit their historic wall and ended up in a beach bar located within the city. It wasn’t actually a beach bar, but it sure knew how to party in the afternoon. Berlin is like a playground—live music, capoeira exhibitions, BBQ, beer, sun, and engaging people from all corners of the world.
Known for their marijuana and their flowers, the tulip, no wonder the great artist Van Gogh was inspired by this enchanting place. More than their legalizing of use of interesting substances, Amsterdam is just still damn beautiful. I was curious so I visited one of many coffee shops that sold weed legally to have a better understanding. They had all sorts of names, variety, flavors, and effects you would feel, just like with wine. Following my visit, I went to the Cannabis University, where all your questions would be answered. After having my fill of knowledge about plants, I walked around and stumbled upon the World Press Photo, a showcase of powerful images from around the world, supporting photojournalists to capture monumental events, issues, disasters, and people, all of them with very gripping realities.
My life has been shaped by my journey where, along the way, in between the countless train, bike, car, plane, and boat rides, you learn a little more of yourself that you will carry with you in life’s journey.
Ditch the group tours and build your own experiences. All you need is a plane ticket, a camera, a backpack, comfy shoes, and an open mind. Start with asking locals where they would hang out to have coffee or beer, or ask them their favorite restaurant. Jump into the rabbit hole and you will be in wonderment how this world spins.
As in any great life adventure, it starts somewhere to nowhere to ending up now here, in the present. We don’t know how the story will unfold or end, but as long as we have a vision, we will see it through.
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