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Berlin

In this park, a crowd begins to gather. Guys carrying coolers strapped around their necks make easy change for a choice of brews. I read about this place in a side bar of Norwegian Air’s in-flight magazine, en route from Lisbon. The selling point: outdoor karaoke.

This park, Maueurpark, where pieces of the Berlin wall serve as acoustics for the open-air amphitheater that plays host to weekend sessions with no shortage of willing participants belting out the best of Celine Dion and more. It’s built into the grassy hill and offers a nice vantage point for people watching.

If you’ve had enough, one could get lost in the adjacent flea market. It’s full of vintage finds, graphic printed tees from local brick and mortars, accessories, and SNACKS.

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Saturated Saturday is a new photo series highlighting some of my favorite images, with enhanced vibrant colors courtesy of the photo editing apps I like at the moment. These include: VSCO, Instagram, A Color Story. Most photos taken with iPhone 6s.

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One late evening in Madrid’s Huertas neighborhood, three twenty-somethings spooned fro-yo dinners into their faces while they discussed the current state of the world. As visitors and new and fast friends from Istanbul, Lyon (hi Pelin, hi Tiffany!), San Diego we wondered if there was any one place that is completely safe.

In the weeks before I boarded an Air New Zealand flight bound for Europe, news broke of the Brussels attack. Shortly before that, Paris was under fire. And the terrible news hasn’t let up.

Days after my return, Orlando seized the spotlight. Most recently, my newsfeed has been filled with an outpouring of prayers for Turkey, Dallas, Baton Rouge, the list goes on. Hearts break, communities grieve, the living react with anger, anxiety, the list goes on.

Fear is a natural reaction. Flights are cancelled, destinations crossed off bucket lists; both logical decisions following news of conflict. Internally, we build walls to fortify ourselves from the chaos “over there.”

Life can be so arbitrary sometimes, and on introspective days I think about how much control we really have over our days and why bad, unfair things happen in this world to really good people.

In times of conflict, what do we do?

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After four weeks in Europe, I am back in San Diego and slowly adjusting to being back on Pacific Standard Time. I will give myself a few weeks to pour over my notes, edit my photos and relive yet another inspiring and expansive experience abroad.

When I’ve conquered the jet lag, deciphered the scribbles in my journal and find the right words to paint the best picture I can of my brief time in Spain, Portugal and Germany, I hope you will find humor, motivation and curiosity about the world through some of my favorite moments, including:

  • Trading cultural insights with new and old friends on rooftop bars in Madrid, around the common room dining table in hostels in Lisbon, riding the S-bahn (U-bahn?) to the East Side Gallery in Berlin and through several slightly hungover breakfasts of mostly ham and cheese toast
  • Daily microconnections with high impact; the thing about travel is most of us aren’t in one place for too long, yet even the briefest of meetings can be meaningful
  • How running into some construction workers in Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood introduced me to my theme song for the rest of the trip
  • Dancing in the streets, losing track of the afternoon in a park, surfing what would become my favorite side of the Atlantic, stuffing myself silly with tapas, fresh seafood and washing down the wine with more wine, and much, much more

For now, the photo above will be these stories placeholder. It was taken from the top of Rua Augusta Arch, which fronts the Tagus River in Lisbon. From this viewpoint, you can admire the teeming streets of Baixa/Chiado, the Lisbon Cathedral poking up from Alfama and the 25 de Abril bridge.

More soon!

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Saturated Saturday is a new photo series highlighting some of my favorite images, with enhanced vibrant colors courtesy of the photo editing apps I like at the moment. These include: VSCO, Instagram, A Color Story. Most photos taken with iPhone 6s.

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