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A Few Thoughts on Travel…

Greetings my little love bird kittens, and welcome to another installment of Travel Tuesday!  Now, I have a bit of news to share with you all… after careful thought and consideration,  I have decided that this will be my last week co-hosting Travel Tuesday with Bonnie.  Bonnie will be continuing on with the linkup, and I will still write travel stories from time to time, but for now I am hangin’ up my co-hosting duties.   So, make sure to pop over to Bonnie’s blog next week to linkup! Thank you to all of the wonderful bloggers who have connected with me via the linkup, it has been wonderful to get to know fellow travel lovers!

I thought today I would share a few if my musings and observations on the subject of our beloved: Travel. Of all of the observations and lessons I have gathered through my travels throughout the world,  the one that has struck home with me is how much in common people have all around the world.  In the news and media, I think sometimes the focus can be on the amount of differences between cultures but through travel I have seen firsthand that there are more similarities than I had realized.

I have seen faith displayed through different religion mosques or cathedrals. I have seen nuns and priests off to mass at St. Peter’s. I have been in awe of grand temples or cathedrals while being humbled by local parish churches in England.  I have seen the city of Istanbul stop when the call to worship happened at noon.  But the common denomination is the idea of belief and faith in something that is universal.

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I have spied brides and grooms in Paris, France to Odessa, Ukraine. If you didn’t know differently it could have been a bride getting married in Seattle. Love, and the joy that surrounds it , is universal.

Simple childhood adventures are similar no matter what country you are in, I watched a grandfather with his young granddaughter playing in the park in Sevastopol, Ukraine. The little girl was dressed head to toe in pink and looked like a child that you would see anywhere. I also remember a little boy who couldn’t stop watching koi fish in a fountain in Sicily. Imagination and childhood curiosity is a common currency international.

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Traveling makes the world smaller.  I have found that through traveling, I have gained a better understanding of the world plus I find myself more aware of international news and events. Traveling has made me an engaged and concerned citizen of the world, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Neal and I still have plenty of adventures to have, and I look forward to learning more as we continue to travel and see the world.

What about you? What observations and insights on the world have you gained through traveling? I’d love to hear! Now, before we linkup and hop around for virtual stamps in the passport, I am thrilled to introduce you to Amy from Creatrice Mondial and let me tell you… she is a traveler through and through.

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Amy, tell me a little bit about yourself: I am an artist, designer, and traveller. I completed interior design studies in both London and Paris, and just finished up a year working with a boutique interior design firm in Melbourne, Australia. I moved back to the States this past March, and am looking towards the next adventure, possibly a year in New Zealand. I am back in school working towards a graphic design certificate so I can design and build websites, branding, logos, etc. on the go. I have traveled to 20 countries so far, but have many more destinations on my wish list! I created my blog to document my past travels, and introduce my readers to the artistic industries and creative minds I have met along the way. It’s a mix between wandering gypsy, free spirit artist, and inspiring architecture and design.

Now guys, I am really excited to introduce Amy today because she has a BIG wanderlust heart, and you know how much I love that, right? One post that  sang to me from start to finish, was when she chatted about her craving to see the world and how wandering keeps her heart alive. {I love her perspective ever so much.} I also love how Amy has shared her thoughts on the connection between travel and creative inspiration. Oh, and if you don’t want major travel envy skip this post on her visit to Cinque Terre because these pictures are stunning!

I look forward to where our adventures take us this week!

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