february 5: backpacking begins!

For years, I had always known that I wanted to backpack around the world at some point in the semi-near future. Post-living in London for an extended period of time, that feeling only became stronger and stronger. After an incredible year in San Francisco with the most amazing people, I decided the 2017 would be the year of my backpacking adventure! And with that, off I went on my semi-planned, mostly-winged travels.

 My friend Brittany dropped me off at Newark Airport and sent me off with peanut butter bars! She knows the way to my heart <3. You cannot even see my backpack as I tried to downsize as much as possible due to fact I do not like carrying anything :).

My friend Brittany dropped me off at Newark Airport and sent me off with peanut butter bars! She knows the way to my heart <3. You cannot even see my backpack as I tried to downsize as much as possible due to fact I do not like carrying anything :).

Although this had been my dream forever, it was not until I landed in Lisbon that it became real. As someone who struggles daily with anxiety, it was at an all-time high and my first thought as I roamed the streets of Portugal alone with six months of belongings on my back was "how did I get here?!" This was definitely not what I was expecting to feel and then I felt anxious for being anxious and guilty as I was so grateful to be having this experience. It was a great learning for me and great practice in self-love and patience in the unknown feelings/thoughts I was about to encounter. 

 The trams, the colored houses, the hills, the bridge!!! Such bay area vibes! The warmth of the city of Lisbon brilliantly matches the warmth and openness of its people. I feel so lucky to have started my adventure here.

The trams, the colored houses, the hills, the bridge!!! Such bay area vibes! The warmth of the city of Lisbon brilliantly matches the warmth and openness of its people. I feel so lucky to have started my adventure here.

Once I checked into the hostel, started meeting people and walked around the streets that reminded me so much of San Francisco, I felt much better and even at home. I felt so free to not have a plan and discover the unknown and so empowered to learn the language, figure things out on my own and put myself out there. Although I have traveled alone before, it was for short amounts of time so as soon as I began to let go and be present, it hit me how incredible this journey will be.

I am so excited to share my journeys with you!!! Thank you so much for following along.

XX L