Potsdam

I’ve been in Germany for two months and recently ventured on my first day trip outside the city! A friend happened to be in town for the weekend so I joined in on some of the tourist fun. It’s only about 45 minutes by train from Berlin. The weather was not ideal, but it was interesting to see these Prussian palaces in hibernation mode for the winter.

Walking through the City Center (click for larger):

Park Sanssouci, where I imagine it to be some sort of magical wonderland full of unicorns during the spring and summer:

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3:10 to Pioneertown

Back in September I went on a little road trip in the desert with my closest friends from Brooklyn. There was a last minute decision to make a quick stop in Pioneertown for some exploration. It’s an unincorporated community that was built in the 1940s, and was created to function as a film set.

Let’s just say we were inspired by the founders and their original intentions.

Some behind-the-scenes photos of our moments on set, taken by my friend Graham:

 

Scenes from Split

I stayed in Split for two weeks, in which I got to spend some time relaxing and really take my time with just hanging out in Croatia (and also getting some things done). It was a nice seaside city and I stayed just outside the city center, which was also the old town. The city center in Split was really cool in that it’s essentially made up of an old Roman site – Diocletian’s Palace. It’s also just across the sea from Italy and I definitely indulged in the Italian food influences. Here are some photos!

Split – Marjan Forest Park

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Marjan Park in Split is unique in that it’s a forest on a hill, right next to the city center. It’s the greenest part of the city containing old ruins and medieval landmarks. I enjoyed the mild Dalmatian climate and wandered on a couple of the trails here during my stay.

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Do you spy the rock climber?

2017

In 2017, I:

(in no particular order)

  • Journeyed on two road trips with good friends: one to and around Joshua Tree, and one down the east coast from NY to FL. Many awesome memories came out of these.
  • Traveled to San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, Berlin, Zagreb, Split, Ljubljana, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Tampa, Orlando. This is probably the most travel I have done within a year.
  • Got laid off after 11 years in a corporate job, in June. Therefore, I had my first summer break since being in college
  • Attended 3 really fun weddings
  • Earned the TEFL certification to teach English abroad
  • Met many fabulous new people
  • Reunited with tons of old friends
  • Performed my civic duty on the Grand Jury
  • Ran my very first craft fair booth for Apathetic Sheep
  • Relaunched my website to start publishing more photos
  • Attended only 1 concert (times have changed)
  • And of course…uprooting 12+ years of a life and network I built in NYC to try things out here in Europe.

Quite a positive turnaround from a couple of years ago. Many of these things were new challenges in which I had anxieties and doubts that I still continue to struggle with, but know how to manage.

Looking forward to 2018 and whatever it brings!

 

Advent in Zagreb

ZagrebAdvent-29.jpgBecause my flight in and out of Croatia was through Zagreb, I was back here for a couple of days just in time to catch Advent. It was awarded best Christmas Market in Europe two years in a row, so I was glad to be able to check it out! Basically, the entire city center was one large wonderland of festive lights. Click thumbnails for larger.

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Scenes from Split – Advent Edition

I’m a little behind on getting through all the photos I took throughout Croatia, but as it is Advent season, here is the first set of images from seeing Croatia all decked out for the holidays. In Split, much of Advent occurs along Riva, the seaside promenade in the city center.

I watched the huts getting built up and the cafe bars transform to holiday mode.

And then, it became festive! There was some merriment all over Riva as well as People’s Square inside the Old Town. I was wandering on a weeknight though, so it was a little quieter than it would have been over the weekend.

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