The Canals of Amsterdam at Night

Back to Reality

I don’t think I have ever even left Illinois before completely on my own. So why I decided to pick up and travel to Amsterdam all by my lonesome is pretty much beyond me.

After day two I knew what I was going to write here: that this trip was simultaneously the best thing and worst thing I have ever done.

After seven days though, there is only one thing to say: this trip was the fucking best thing I have ever done thus far in my life. Period.

Amsterdam was…

Oh fuck it, Amsterdam really was:

While I was gone I kept a blog away from blog (aka my paper journal) so I’ll be typing that up and posting all about it next week. I have a pretty busy weekend ahead though so you probably won’t see much else before Sunday or Monday. Plus I’m pretty exhausted and go straight back to work tomorrow. It will probably be a few weeks before you get all my photos. But don’t you worry, they’ll be worth the wait.

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • Rob
    May 15, 2008at10:09 am

    Val, I’m glad you had the time of your life. I can’t wait to hear about it!
    I hope I’ll be able to take a trip like that soon 🙂

  • Jeff
    May 15, 2008at2:34 pm

    I expected like 42 Val posts by now

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