I haven’t done much recently; working on my novel means that I’ve spent a truly disgusting amount of time stuck in the confines of my room, and aside from a one-week trip to Pisa with my girlfriend, I’ve just roamed around the Peak District, on foot, trying desperately to keep motivated and inspired by the scenery around me. My friend, Jacob, is in a similar situation, yet he happens to have never left the UK – so one day, after grabbing some dinner, we decided to do something about it. We booked our trip a week later.
The day we leave is swiftly approaching; on September 4th I’ll be heading to Paris, ready to start hopping from train to train, city to city, for an entire, glorious month. We’re going to Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb, Venice, Florence, Rome, and Nice before making our way back to Paris to get the Eurostar home. I can’t wait; I’ve already been to a handful of those locations, but not on my own volition, and to have complete independence over a trip of this size is something that, at 19 years old, I’ve never had before.
There are three main reasons that I’m excited for this trip, and I’d like to share them with you:
- I want new inspiration for my writing. My aim is to continue writing a poem a day, and turn these into a sort of poetic travel diary that develops alongside the trip they narrate. I’ve creatively stagnated for too long, and to have so many opportunities to soak up some eclectic inspiration right at my fingertips is an absolute blessing. I’ll be posting these onto my writing page as and when I can.
- I’m armed with my 50mm lens and ready to use it. Travelling always gives me a buzz for photography; everything’s different – from architecture to the landscapes, and there’s absolutely no time to plan shots, leaving a lot of room to be creative in your approach. My recent shots from Pisa can be seen if you click here. I’m going to post photo sets from each city under the ‘Travel’ section of the site.
- I want to observe Jacob being chucked in at the deep end. He’s never left the UK, and now he’s going away for an entire month, with countries, languages, people and food he’s never experienced anything like in his entire life. I think he’ll love it, but I’ll keep you all updated with the occasional blog post.
Before you go, if anybody here has ANY suggestions about where to go/what to do/what to eat/where to avoid in any of the cities mentioned above, please comment below! It would be amazing if we knew about some local delights!
I’ll post my writing and photos as we pass through – hope you enjoy them!
P.S the header image is a photo I took of the Red Arrows above my house, and remains one of my absolute favourite shots. I might post the full set on a blog post in the near future…