Looking Back: Italy

After a 9-day journey, starting out in Oslo and then ending with a whirlwind tour through Florence and Venice, I think it’s safe to say I’m pretty beat. Early mornings, late nights, many airports, long train rides, and a slowly creeping cold have all taken their toll; but nothing could bring me down too much after the amazing things I’ve seen and experienced this trip. I’m still trying to slog through the jetlag and thousands of photos I’ve taken, propping up my tired eyelids with endless cups of coffee from Norway, trying to process it and let it all sink in. It will be a few days yet before I am all caught up with everything and can properly devote time to writing about my experiences and share bunches of photos with you. I do want to share just a few, though, as a sort of a preview, and as a way for myself to take a small break from the “work” side of things for my own sanity. View Post

Travel Sneak Peek: Oslo, Florence, and Venice

I’ve been pretty excited about September for a while, and now that it’s finally here I can barely contain myself. I always get the pre-travel jitters, a feeling of giddiness mixed with nervousness and sudden panics when you think you’ve forgotten to pack something. I always feel keyed up the last 48 hours before a trip, especially because I usually wait that long to begin planning what I pack, much less actually doing the packing. But for this trip, it’s my usual nerves and excitement times a hundred. Why?

Well, by the end of next week, I’ll have gone back to Oslo, which is a wonderful city; I’ll also have traveled to one new country and two new cities, because right after Oslo I’m heading to Florence and Venice. That’s the excitement part of it. The nervousness comes in because these trips are not exactly for pleasure – they’re my first international jobs as a freelance photographer. The pressure is immense, and no matter how many times I assure myself that I’ll be able to handle it, I still fly into a panic every so often.

This post is something a bit different from what I’ve done before on my blog, but hopefully one I’ll get a chance to do more often if I get more chances to travel like this. View Post