Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Favorite Way to Travel: with NO agenda.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” ― Booker T. Washington
This world is made up of planners and non planners. I am a proud member of the "Go With the Flow" group. My entire life I haven't had a knack for planning, whether it is having a 5 year plan or looking in to the next week. I've always struggled hitting that purchase button on the flight ticket months in advance because I just haven't gotten there yet.

There are some negatives in being a non planner, in the end you probably spend more. The planners get all the deals and good prices where as I am almost always in the category of purchasing when I do not have another choice. 

I was the same in school, procrastination. Always. Why study for a test weeks in advance when you can have the thrill of a couple all nighters right before. Smart? Eh, that's for you to judge, but it always made for a good story and at the end of the day it is ALL about the story haha

The more I travel though, the more I see how my go with the flow attitude has found it's home. The best way to see cities is to go in with no plan. Yep..nilcb, zero, nada. 

I am just coming off of my Christmas/New Year break from season where I spent my time in Slovenia, Holland and Belgium. And the only planning I did for any of the trips was either buying the plane ticket or saying yes let's do it! 

And then the rest unfolds beautifully. Both trips were nothing short of amazing. 

I can always guarantee my time in Slovenia is going to be great, but nevertheless every single time, without fail, I find myself sitting at the airport terminal heading back to my current residence with so much love and food for life to take with me. I am forever grateful for my Slovenia family, they get me through just about everything and spending another Christmas with friends and family that have such a special place in my heart was just what the doctor ordered.
Beauties <3

The last year for this little Christmas tree, but we decorated it well :) #timetoupgrade

Babi and Didi :) 

It doesn't get cuter.


My special Slovenian friend :) xoxo
Lunches, dinners, coffees, drinks, volleyball games and visiting old stomping grounds, I did just about all of it until my heart was content..enough anyways, I will never be content in that matter which is what will always take me back :)

After returning to Hamburg, 2 of my teammates and I decided to spend the 3 days we had for the New Year at Flora's house in Gouda, Holland. The 3 of us got in the car late night after practice and set off the 4 1/2 hour drive to Holland. The next 2 days consisted of sightseeing Gent, Belgium and Amsterdam, Holland and then ringing in the New Year in Rotterdam. 

Each day we would wake up pick our destination and then let the day unfold. Walking around, shopping, eating, enjoying coffee and tasty Belgium beer. We were never bored and always finding something new to take us to our destination. 

It's always great to travel with teammates, you get to know them in a different light then what you see in the every day of the grind of being in the gym and getting to meet their families and see where and how they grew up is such a treat! 

We came back with tons of pictures, laughs and stories..really great time!
Gent, Belgium.. AWESOME city

Wandering the streets of Gent

Standard dinner happenings haha

Embarrassing pic of the day.. show me your monkey face!

the story of the UGG boots... 


Vapiano's. crazy girls 

Streets of Amsterdam New Year's Eve

"For every year that goes by there are 365 chances #reasonstobelieve #amsterdam" Bring it on 2014 #makingmemories

So my biggest travel advice from these past weeks: 

**Great things happen when you leave an open mind, you never know who your path will cross with or what you will stumble upon.

**When you learn to let go, and just be; moments and people unfold in front of your eyes all on their own without a lot of effort of trying to control your surroundings.

Hangin with Momma Gravesteijn before Rotterdam New Year's Eve :)

Belgian Beer rocks my socks :) #sotasty

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