Happy New Year everybody!
My blogs Instagram account (@essiparkkari.wordpress_blog) has been a little more active than my blog of late. One of the most liked posts on that account the past year was a quote by Robin Sharma as follows
Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
My exhaustion the past (way too many) months has been afflicted by the reluctance of others to evolve and to allow professional evolving. It has taken shameful proportions and would be comical if it wouldn’t afflict my work and my desire to stay professional and to keep to my values as well as the values that have been set for my work.
This is one of the topics that I had in mind when I started this blog. I absolutely think that change is good and evolving in all your life’s aspects is good and necessary. I feel like I have written about this before. As I have. And still to this day I find it astonishing that people in this age can be so against it, consciously or not.
For this year I wish you all out there, reading this humble blog post or not, the willingness and eagerness to change as well as courage to believe in your ability to guide your own progress to make your life (work or personal) more according to your dreams. Take that first step, it won’t always be easy but it will be worth it!
Wishing you love and happiness with this colorful photo from Cartagena, Colombia!
How could you grow tired of all these views?! I caught a glimpse of Slovenia’s highest waterfall on my visit from which the photos are a bit bad as it was raining. We also managed to stumble across the source of Soča river. We weren’t actually heading toward the river source but we drove two hikers to their car so decided to have a little hike up to the source! Lucky we did because… Beautiful! I hope you guys enjoy these photos because I absolutely do along with all the beautiful memories! A destination I a 100% recommend.
When I go to stores I always want to touch everything (anyone else do that?) to feel the materials. Well it’s been a subject at times and here I am again trying how this leaf feels. It looked somewhat different and it sure was extra soft! Crazy little detail of me and the leaf.
Look at that color!! That’s the source of the river right there! The path up there isn’t for the weak hearted.
A little embarrassing but just now that I was sitting down and finishing my post for tomorrow I noticed the notification of my two year anniversary with WordPress! Crazy!
Happy Anniversary WordPress!
(Notice the heading: Achievement.)
The Italian ossuary is a cemetery for fallen Italians in the first world war. It was finished in 1938 and opened by Benito Musolini. By the road up to the ossuary from the center of the town Kobarid are stations of the Cross’s path with Italian inscriptions. Along with the historical monument also the view from the top of the hill is quite stunning. I don’t think knowing the surroundings are spectacular take away from the awe-factor. A load of history accompanied with amazing views, including the Soča river trailing through the valley.
The Italian ossuary is a relatively new inhabitant on the hill as the church of St. Anthony has recited the hill since 1669.
Three stations of the Cross’s path along the way up to the hill.
I love my travels diaries. I love taking time on my travels to sit down in a cafe, by a river or on a bed at a hostel to trace down my experiences. Just to have a little time to go through what has happened is great during a trip.
Recently I read my travel diary from eight years ago when we weren’t living in this social media hype and I didn’t have a smart phone accompanying me on my travels. I realized how valuable those scribbles in my diary are for me. Those memories are much more raw and real via my diary than anywhere else.
I do sometimes think back on those lengthy cafe sessions and smile at the crazy wonderful memories. The memories that aren’t in any social media posts as a perfectly arranged coffee cup and leather bound notebook, but only in my mind and perhaps also scribbled on a page of a worn out notebook. Time, sometimes hours and hours, were spent enjoying the cafes air-condition, big mugs or just a comfy arm chair while writing with a pen purchased in a little market along the travels. Oh how life is different now that there needs to be an expected photo opportunity in there somewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love these possibilities to share experiences and I love that I can share my travels with all you out there, either here on the blog or other social media platforms. I just love that I still find the traditional way of travels diaries as pleasing as I ever did and I love that I can now read through my thoughts from all my trips!
The diary in the photos is one I carried around for three months and quite a few countries. Even reading about the hard stuff that I encountered on my travels is nice to read about now. Valuable memories all in all.
Do you guys write a travel diary? How do you document your travels or life?
Such a beautiful area! The color scheme works for me as does the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Driving along the river valley was accompanied by an constant string of amazement sounds and praises. The stunning nature and idyllic towns along the way just made it a coherent experience. Loved it and would love to visit with more time to spend in the area!
This picture is the beginning of one of my absolute favorite experiences during my visit to Slovenia. The scenery is just breathtaking! And gets more and more stunning along the way.
First stop along the river was Kanal. Already at this point the color of the river blew my mind. I had no idea what would still be coming later on.
Would you jump?
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.
I had been to Venice once before, visiting all the must see’s. This time my purpose was to meet up with a dear old friend. A quick visit wasn’t really possible as I soon realized being embarrassingly late from the prearranged meeting point. Eventually making it we had a great time. After racing through the small alleyways getting to our rendezvous we enjoyed some food while catching up. I wasn’t on a schedule getting back to Slovenia so I managed to take my time taking pictures while navigating back through the city. And yes getting lost a few more times than I would like to admit…
On this visit I saw a different type of Venice. Quiet alleys and decaying architecture with peoples laundry drying amidst it all. People who live through their routine while just a few confusing turns around an odd number of corners there are millions of tourists exploring the sinking city. I saw a quiet Venice as well as the crowded Venice, I saw the beauty and I saw the fracture. And I had some delicious ice cream 🙂
Starting back towards Slovenia were caught up with the rain again. Impressive skies and somewhat wet toes.
Change is the end result of all true learning.