Saturday, January 17, 2009

sunday scribblings: pilgrimage

Is there something you'd like, in your lifetime, to go far to see? It can be a quirky personal journey to do with your hobbies or interests, or something very serious, meaningful, and/or spiritual.

I have this fascination, borderline obsession, with Europe. I know it's a tad cliché but it's the truth. Have you ever had a weird connection with a place, as though if you just go there you believe you'll find out something about yourself that you just cannot find out any place else? Well, that's how I feel about Europe. My pilgrimage would be to spend 3-4 months through Europe to discover more about me. (Specifically: Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and Switzerland).

I am truthfully in love with everything Europe has to offer: the history, the architecture (and its history!), art, culture, manners, ideals, morals, food, life in general. I guess I'm in love with the idea (and research) that Europeans are not such workaholics like Americans. The thought of enjoying life, the simple, little things is incredibly appealing (can you blame me?). Don't get me wrong, I love America and always will, but I just feel like I need to experience Europe. I just have to. So, that's my pilgrimage dream: to travel to those countries (without a cell phone, laptop, pager, etc.; just me and my camera and a friend or two) and to just experience all that the countries have to offer.

8 comments:

Rinkly Rimes said...

I've been looking at you and your lovely lively friends. You'll have them for life, I'm sure. When I was young I hitchhiked all over Europe with two friends who are still in my life.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent plan!! It's much easier and more fun when you're young...

GreenishLady said...

Yes! go for it! And when you're on the Irish leg of your trip, let me know!

Tammie Lee said...

Well, I want you to go! Go and explore and enjoy. It is a bit like a different world.

Gabe said...

Ladies thank you for all of your encouraging comments! I'm motivated now more than ever to go. Thank you!!!

SweetTalkingGuy said...

A pilgrimage to Europe? May your dreams come true!

Jean said...

Love the new look!
And Europe is everything you hoped it would be...I definitely hope you get your trip someday.

floreta said...

no cellphone or laptop. wow! that would be a challenge for me, but you will take so much more out of it that way. do go!! :)