This is my 5th week here and I'm falling in love, seriously! I LOVE this place: the people, sites, sounds, smells (oh the smells! How I wish I could Instagram smells for you and send you a whiff of some bakery delights!). Week 5 and I feel like I'm getting the hang of things. But of course as soon as I feel that way, a curve ball comes out of left field and surprises me! Oh the joys of being born and raised in the United States moving abroad -- it's an adventure to be sure! Never a dull moment.
After following a few of my Instagram photos and Facebook posts, friends and family State-side asked me:
To that I smile and laugh. YES, I do work (a lot!). I'm just living day-to-day life capturing beauty when I see it and sharing my experiences with you. Plus I like to share new, different and interesting things I find amusing like toilets with no seat. You sit right on the porcelain. Strange I know and a bit cold for the bum. :)
I am a tourist in a way, but I don't like to think of myself as one. Yes, everything is new, different and novel for me, but I live here. This is my home (for now at least). I try as much as possible to NOT look like an American tourist (aka jeans, white tennis shoes, camera around the neck, fanny pack in front, bright orange and blue t-shirt representing the Florida gators -- you get the picture!). I want to learn about this place and the people who live here. Not just be a "drive by" tourist that comes in and out for their 10-day European vacation.
For example, the other day on my walk, I passed by a bunch of flower bushes and heard a loud wrrrr and buzzing around me. I stopped. Before I would have never noticed this because ONE, I would have been running by, not walking and TWO, I would have been too focused on something else and in a hurry to get somewhere to even think twice about stopping. But the other day it was different. I paused for a few moments to see the bees busy at work doing what they do best: eat, pollinate, and make honey. What a life and a beautiful process when you think about it.
It takes a conscious change in mindset and attitude, but I challenge you to reposition yourself so that you can receive the beauty in each day. Go on a treasure hunt today looking for the beauty around you.