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Traveling is an experience like no other. You get to witness firsthand how other people live their daily lives. What do they traditionally eat for breakfast? How many official languages are there? What do their road signs look like? Where do locals hang out after work? These are questions that never crossed my mind until I took that long airplane ride across the globe.

As I sit here in sunny San Diego, I can recollect the month that I spent abroad. I visited Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Germany, & Belgium. I am so overwhelmed with photos, moments, food, & language that's been hard to unwind. After all, less than 24 hours ago I was flying through the air at 521 mph/838 kph on my way to Los Angeles. But now, the photographs I so liberally took are nothing but memories of the past. 

When I close my eyes, I can see the colorful waterfront district of Nyhavn in Copenhagen. I can smell the enticing scent of Belgian waffles wafting into my nose from the streets of Brussels. I can hear the ding dong, sing song ringing of the church bells in Paris. But then I open my eyes. It all disintegrates into reality.

palais de justice
Palais de Justice in Brussels
The reality is that it's 77 degrees. It's time to get back to work. No more grandiose cathedrals. No more French macarons or Belgian waffles. No more. None of that. There's definitely the pluses & minuses of travel, so now I'm experiencing the come down. This is the sobering part where everything comes back into focus. I shall live vicariously through myself & my own photos & in the hope of traveling again soon.

Until then, it's time to kick some butt. Oh yes, you will see some travel posts. Don't worry about that. It will come in due time. I've got thousands of photos to browse. I've got 30+ post ideas. But right now I have some sleep to catch up on. Jet lag is real. So real, y'all. Here's hoping you're having a wonderful day. Where's a place you'd love to visit? How's your summer? What have you been up to? :]

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45 comments

  1. Wonderful post!!! And now I want waffles. :)

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  2. Waw, you got to visit a lot! Glad to read you had a great time (and some Brussels waffles :)) ! Love your photograph of the Palais the Justice!

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    1. Thank you so much. The Palais de Justice is magnificent. :]

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  3. Wow,you traveled a lot. I used to travel a lot before my son was born. Now I still travel, but not as much.
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    1. Go you! Even a day trip to the city is travel to me. :]

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  4. Awesome photo. I can't wait to see more pics from your trip.

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  5. Lovely look!

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  6. Cool look! Have a nice day :)

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  7. Wow looks like you've had an amazing adventure and visited so many great places, looking forward to all those travel posts :) I know that sobering feeling of coming back home after an amazing time abroad, it always takes some time to come back to reality again :)

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    1. Yep, the come back to reality is process indeed. :]

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  8. What an amazing month of travel you had! I would love to visit some of those countries, but England is definitely at the top of my list!

    xo, Rachel
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    1. I'd love to visit England again, but more in depth. :]

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  9. Sounds like you had an amazing month! It's just a shame you have to come back to reality at the end of it all! x

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  10. Ahh man vacation hangover! Coming back from a trip is the absolute worst, but once you get over the initial shock and disappointment to be back to reality, the memories become so sweet. My favorites are the ones that make your heart ache when you think about them and you actually feel like you're back there!

    Glad you had such a wonderful trip!

    xo Mary-Katherine | Gold-Hatted Lover

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  11. That is a beautiful photo! I also love traveling. When I'm on vacation trip, I never want to come back.

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  12. Great photo. Can't wait to see more. Get some rest. Jet lag can be tough.

    Kathy
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    1. Yes!! I've been waking up in the night a lot.

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  13. So jealous of your travels! It would be a dream to visit all the places you visited. I hope I get the chance to go to Europe someday to see all of the beautiful architecture and experience the different cultures.I can't imagine what it was like to come back from a trip like that and go back to reality.

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    1. Just slowly start saving up but never stop dreaming. :]

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  14. Welcome back! Those statues are gorgeous and I can't wait for you to share your adventures. There's nothing like traveling. I'm in the middle of home remodeling, so no traveling for me.
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    1. Remodeling is cool too! It's nice to have a change. :]

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  15. wow

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  16. It sounds like you had an amazing trip! That photo is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!

    Jill
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  17. gorgeous photo, can't wait to see the travel photos<3
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  18. Welcome back! So glad you got to enjoy traveling.

    Amy Ann
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  19. It certainly is eyeopening to visit different cultures. Looking forward to all of your travel posts.
    Michele xx

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    1. True Michele! It's really intriguing to see how people live in other places. :]

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  20. aahhh lucky for you to be able to travel to those places!!! I'm just back from a quick getaway to Seattle & Portland and just like you, I'm back to regular work now.. aaahh!! I'm still itching to go travel again! :D

    Have a great weekend!
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    1. Seattle & Portland are so fantastic! Hope you had a great time. :]

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  21. You are very lucky! Great post!
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  22. Beautiful photo! I hope you had a lovely time travelling :) xx

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  23. You visited so many places!! I'm off on an extended weekend to Denmark and Germany tomorrow! ^^

    Mary
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  24. Beautiful post, in fact, great blog is yours : )

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  25. Great post - so true!! I'd love to visit New York during fashion week, or Hawaii during December to see the humback whales :D xX

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  26. I want to go travelling! I would love to visit Brussels, it's actually on my wish list. :D Looking forward to your travel post! Thank you for sharing this post Carmen, have a nice weekend!

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  27. Let me know if you ever plan to visit Portugal! I'll more than happy to give you a full itinerary :D

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