My mind goes in a million different directions at once – just like my plans at the moment. I set up this blog to anchor my thoughts and make sense of it all as I wander through cobblestone streets 8,000 miles from home. Back in June I quit my job and booked a ticket across the Atlantic without knowing a single soul and having only a rough idea of what I wanted to do. I was inspired to take this trip by friends who had strayed from the beaten path and left home to wholly embrace life for a bit. Their writing got me through long days of work and inspired me to get out from behind that desk to discover new cities and seas, make friends out of strangers, and try something new. My biggest hope is that this blog can do the same for just one other person.

While life at home was fun, I was looking for something to challenge my comfort zone and add a jolt of adrenaline into my veins. Days were going by faster and faster as I sat at a desk and did what I was told rather than what I dreamed of. That old Dylan quote kept echoing through my head: "If you're not busy living, you're busy dying." The road was calling.

I don't want this blog to just recount my day-to-day - those blogs always left me wanting something more. I find it way more insightful and fulfilling to write about how these experiences have affected me - how certain cities make me feel, how people I've met for less than 5 minutes have had an effect on me, whether or not I've learned anything, and how my perceptions have changed while abroad. I can't promise the the craziest stories or anything different from what many before me have already done - just an honest narrative of my personal story.