An Introduction To My European Adventure

I’ve been trying to decide what sort of space I want this blog to be and feel like for a long time. If you know me, you know it doesn’t take much for me to get excited or fall in love. I’m a passionate person – a deep feeler, fascinated by culture and history with a hunger for inspiration and appreciation for beauty. I could write about most things, but I don’t want this little corner of the internet to turn into a random collection of thoughts. I want it to mean something.

When I was asked to stay in Europe through July three and a half weeks ago, my first response was why not? I love risk and adventure and often feel most alive in experiences like the one I’m currently in (I’m off to country number three this afternoon).

Maybe you remember my post a few months ago about millennials and cause marketing. I want to develop this topic further as I write about my experiences in Europe traveling and engaging the refugee crisis. After just a few short weeks of visiting refugee camps, meeting refugees from Syria and other neighboring countries and getting to know other volunteers, I’m confident I will not come home the same. My hope is  to give you an insider view into what I’m experiencing from different perspectives – as a millennial, an explorer and an American, just to name a few.

Disclaimer: The most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus, so each of these viewpoints will include little pieces of my own faith, although I hope to write rather subjectively.

Now, allow me to give you a brief overview of my adventure thus far: I spent my first few days in Frankfurt, Germany then traveled to Berlin for a week and a half (and fell in love… I’m obsessed). Next I hopped on a plane to Thessaloniki to meet my roommate and explore Northern Greece and help lay some groundwork for future teams coming to volunteer this summer. Early this morning I boarded my flight to Amsterdam, where the organization I’m volunteering with is hosting a professional training for a few days. Next up is Thessaloniki again for two weeks and then off to Lesvos, an island off the coast of Greece.

Other destinations I’d like to visit include Paris, Austria, Berlin (again) and Italy. TBD if I'll make it to any of them before the summer is over. :) 

Stay tuned for more stories, insights and revelations, pictures and little pieces of inspiration I find along the way.