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Castles in the snow (Copenhagen)

Kindergarten was for me a hellish experience that I prefer to block out totally.

So “everything I know” I had to learn somewhere else… travel.

Here’s some of my favorites lessons that help this control-freak and vulnerability-denier handle life stresses:

  • When you are sitting on the tarmac realizing you’re never going to make your flight connection… just breathe and relax. It’s not under your control and you are not the pilot. Allow circumstances to sort themselves.
  • Sometimes feeling lost is the best thing – that’s when you discover the things you didn’t know about but NEEDED to know about.
  • Sometimes the service sucks and sometimes it’s awesome! You can’t blame people for who they are or HOW they are or what ways they are used… but you CAN choose where you go and who you interact with next.
  • You can plan all you want, but sometimes the best experience comes from the unexpected discoveries when you are willing to stick your nose through an interesting door.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.

    Haarlem Bridges

    Always cross bridges! (Haarlem, The Netherlands)

  • Sometimes the hotel sucks and the airline seats are too small. Complaining about it will change absolutely nothing.
  • 10 days with someone on trains, planes and automobiles will tell you a lot about how they will handle diapers, stress, rage, fear, hunger, exhaustion and laughter.
  • Diarrhea is sometimes part of the experience. But it passes!
  • Even with a GPS in the car, you can get disoriented and can’t see the wood from the trees. Take the road that looks gritty, and tough, and filled with pot-holes because it is obviously not often traveled… there just may be the most rewarding moment at the end of it.
  • If you feel like crying while you stand in front of a beautiful sight – one that tugs at your heart strings and leaves you silent and breathless and filled with wonder. Then cry. You don’t know when you will stand at that spot again.
Let life soar! (Salzburg Cathedral)

Let life soar! (Salzburg Cathedral)