Winding down. 

I’m sitting in Svaneke on the Island of Bornholm, Denmark have an amazing coffee (obviously) and even more amazing ice cream, feeling so content. One week from today I will be on a plane back home. Home. I can hardly believe it. After 8 1/2 months away, 8 1/2 months living on a ship in the Mediterranean and the Baltic, I will finally be back in New York. 

To say I am excited is an understatement. Although this adventure has been the adventure of a lifetime, 8 1/2 months is a very long time to be away.  I can’t wait to be in my own space, with my love, and my cats! My kitchen, my bed! I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. 

I set out on this journey ready for anything and open to everything and it has been invigorating, exciting, beautiful, inspiring, frustrating, infuriating, and so amazing. I had wanted to write a blog post every few days, documenting my adventures, but between soaking in all the amazing places and working on the ship, oftentimes writing came last on my to do list. 

However, as this chapter comes to a close, my adventures will not. I can’t wait to see what’s next, can’t wait to get back home and jump back into New York life. Hell, I have a wedding to plan with that special guy of mine! 

In the last month we have travelled to some new places. Places I have always dreamed of going to. We stopped in Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Paris, England (where I got to connect with my dear friend, Figgie!), and Bergen, just to name a few. I can’t believe it. I can’t wait to look back at all of these amazing memories! I just turned 25! I am so lucky to have already seen so much of the world. 

One of the best parts of this adventure had been the people I met all over the world. The welcoming, open, beautiful people that I had the chance to connect with. The sweet, pink-haired waitress in Tallinn, Estonia, the boisterous baker in Corfu, Greece,  the kind street artist in Barcelona, Spain, the coffee shop owners in Bergen, Norway, the amazing vegan cook in Koper, Slovenia, the dapper, elderly dog owner in Helsinki, Finland, the kind salesman in St. Petersburg, Russia, and so many more. 

A lot of the world is dark and scary these days. Terrible people monopolize our news and influence our lives daily. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that there is beauty and kindness as well.  But on this adventure of mine, not a day has passed that I haven’t been reminded of the beauty and kindness that also exist in this world.  These connections I have made and people I have met are the shining light on this dark world. All over the world there are kind people, who, no matter what their beliefs or upbringing are, are willing to open their doors, open their hearts, share their talents, and share their stories with anyone traveling through. It is this human connection that brings us all together. I am so grateful to each person I have encountered on this amazing adventure. You have shown me that as long as I continue to keep an open heart and an open mind, there will be others who do the same. 

Yea, it’s been a pretty amazing adventure. 

It’s hard for me figure out how to transition from this experience to whatever my next endeavor is. I mean, not to rush anything, but I still have a week left, after all. Maybe I’ll go from travel blogger, to wedding blogger! Who knows! The adventures are endless and the world is big! This little lady can’t wait to see what the future holds!

xoxo Alexandra xoxox