As you know, I was quite worried about traveling alone for the first time. Call me silly, but the thought of going on an airplane alone and finding my way around a foreign city kind of scared me. Ironically, quite a few things actually went wrong, starting with none of my credit cards working to pay for the taxi in the wee hours of the morning before I had even left Copenhagen and then arriving in Amsterdam to find out that the airline had lost my luggage. (Let’s just say that I will never wear a sweatshirt on my flight to a speaking engagement again, even if it’s super cute and styled well!)
Despite the fact that these normal little inconveniences felt slightly magnified because I was alone, I found it oddly therapeutic to travel alone. I got to roam the city, popping into whatever store I wanted, taking as many photos as I liked, and generally indulge my every little wish because no one was there hanging on my arm, crying or begging to go to the playground! (Or go sit in a coffee shop when I wanted to go, go, go!)
It felt like the ultimate luxury to peruse Amsterdam alone, but the really interesting thing to me was that I found myself talking nonstop. Maybe it was the lack of a travel buddy (or four) but there was suddenly airtime to chat with someone at the luggage carousel (rather than trying to pull my littlest off of it!) and I met the kindest Dutch lady who not only helped me figure out the train ticket machine, but also walked and chatted with me about her recent trip to Mongolia until she had safely delivered me to the correct platform.
I was so encouraged by the kindness of strangers and fascinated by the oddity of being surrounded by people I did not know, perhaps on their way to familiar faces and or maybe, like me, to an unknown destination just waiting to be discovered. Maybe you can identify with the triumph after overcoming a fear in your own life? Victory is sweet!
Here are just a few of my favorite photos I took on my indulgent walk around Amsterdam:
Here are also a few of my favorite links to send you off into the weekend!
While planning a trip to Spain next year, I found this drop dead gorgeous Small Boutique Hotel!
How cute are these leopard print nail appliqués? Such a fun way to add a little something extra to an outfit!
Do you take photos of yourself in the dressing room, too?
Want a fun, new way to decorate your pumpkin this year? Check out these Embroidered DIY Pumpkins I created!
I am dying just a little over the new Filippa K Dinnerware. Gorgeous!
I need a new wallet and this Glitter Bug by Kate Spade is adorable! Get 30% off with promo code: FALL13FF
Fall is here and I am kind of obsessing over it this year!
Have a Fantastic Weekend!