Cafe Saturday

Sitting here
Starring out

Into the city
From this cafe
I can’t help

But think
How God
Did I
Get here?

Just a random
Saturday in winter
Here in Australia
With
So many visions
So many dreams
So many plans
Just chasing God
With my life
And so far
He has never
Let me down
And
Here I am
Just sitting here
In His presence
In the comfort
In the love
In the protection
Of my Father

He has
Always been
Holding me
Protecting me
Fighting battles
All so
I would
Never worry

I know a God
That worries for me
He takes my burdens
And frees me from
EVERYTHING
And –
He gives me
A Saturday filled
With His love


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that God is always with you (even on a random Saturday in a foreign city in a random cafe). He is everywhere, ready to protect & comfort you!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

200

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve reached 200 posts! That’s crazy! I can’t believe I wrote all that! I used to hate writing! But, clearly I don’t anymore! I actually enjoy it! And, I look forward to writing a new post! I can’t believe how much has happened in my life through the past 200 posts! This blog has been a crazy journey! And, I can’t wait for the next hundreds of posts!

. . .

The day I hit 200 posts:
I’m currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’m sitting on a couch in the common area in my hostel, where I’ve been volunteering and living for the past 3 months.
It’s a cooler day outside (fall is in the air). The city is busy, as usual. Kids are getting ready to start school. People are coming/going to work!
I’m getting ready to head to Chile (to visit my friends/family from last year). I’m listening to music while booking my bus to Chile!
And, then I decided to look at my wordpress stats, and I noticed that I was 1 post away from 200, so I decided to take the time to write my 200th post.

. . .

I also want to take this time to thank you!
If you’ve been reading since I started blogging, or if you just started following my journey;
Thank you for reading my random blog filled with random thoughts and adventures!
I’m looking forward to writing more random content for you to read!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚



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Solo Traveling Tip #1

YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO DO EVERYTHING, BUT THAT’S OKAY!

. . .

So, a few days ago, I went out with the expectation of doing a tour of a really tall, historical palace in Buenos Aires, and towards the end of the tour you get to go to the very top to get a full 360 view of the city.
I was super excited for this adventure, to learn more history, and honestly, to get a good Instagram picture. But, when I arrived I learned that it was WAY out of my budget, and I really could not afford it (if I wanted to eat that week).
So, with a saddened heart, I decided not spend that money (food is more important). But, also because budget traveling is all about planning your adventures, and choosing which ones are worthwhile, and which ones you could live without.
And, sure, it wasn’t easy turning down this great adventure, but I quickly realized that I would be able to do and see so much more with that money.

Saving that money will actually help me go to another country, so in the long run, it will be worth it because I’ll get to see another country, instead of a view of a city that I can walk around and explore.

. . .

So, that’s my budget travel lesson for you.
~ You won’t be able to afford to do everything that looks fun and exciting, but that’s okay because you’re still be in another country. You can explore and learn about that country by exploring the streets and finding free tours. ~ Free; the budget travelers’ favorite word.
Don’t get discouraged when you can’t afford to do something you really want to do. Just remember that you are still experiencing another culture, and that’s pretty amazing! So, just get out there and explore!

. . .

Oh, and by the way, I might not have been able to afford that tour and amazing view, but a few days later, I found a great view of the city for literally 7 times cheaper.
So, the real lesson here is to search for all your options.

I think this view makes up for that expensive tour!
This view is just as good, for much, much cheaper.
This just shows what you can find on a budget.
Click the picture to see the location of this amazing breathtaking view!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this helped you realize that budget traveling might not be glamorous, but it’s definitely worth it!
You can still have an amazing experience and adventure in a foreign country on a budget! Don’t let that stop you from traveling abroad (you’ll learn more traveling on a budget than you would if you could afford all the fancy hotels)!



-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

. . . 

My first 24 hours here were a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here (it seems too surreal). I was so happy that I finally made it!
But, after the initial feeling of amazement and happiness, the culture shock hit me. 
I didn’t know what to feel or what to do.
I couldn’t remember why I wanted to come here in the first place.
I was afraid to speak Spanish to ask for directions, and as a result, I would get lost a lot
I would shut down in the middle of the street, and basically cry because I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. (I felt lost and alone.) 

In summary, my first 24 hours were filled with all the ups and downs of culture shock.

. . . 

Now that I’ve been here for more than 48 hours, I am much more confident in my Spanish (I actually want to speak it), I know my way around the city much better now, and I’ve learned that it’s completely normal to feel culture shock.

So, my advice for anyone traveling to a completely new country (especially for the first time) is to know that culture shock is completely normal (even if it’s your millionth time traveling abroad)
Everyone will feel it differently, and every country will be a different type of shock because there’s always at least one thing that changes.

 . . . 

All that to say that, I am absolutely loving Argentina, my new found perspective on things, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the next 3 months hold.

. . .

Thanks for reading! 

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(I promise, it will be more exciting than this one)!
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-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Follow the north…

Follow the north!

Don’t stray from the path!
Don’t let the force,
Of peer pressure,
Stray you away!

Follow the north!

It might take you through long valleys,
And deep canyons –
But, it will eventually get you there.

Follow the north!

No matter what happens,
or where it takes you!
Take the twist and turns!
Trust that compass,
It will eventually get you there –
To an amazing place,
That you could only dream of!

Follow the north!

Live YOUR best life!
And hustle everyday,
but,
Always glance down at that compass,
To stay on the right track,
To your amazing destination!

That compass will never –
take you in the wrong direction!
It’s taking you on a crazy journey –
Before showing you,
Your amazing destination!

Follow the north!


Thanks for reading!

Travel tip: In a foreign country, it’s always a good idea to have a compass.
You never know when your phone battery might die in the middle of a big unknown city, and someone might give you directions, but, in their directions, the only word you understand is South (trust me, it’s happened).

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Perspective… / A Day in Valparaiso, Chile!

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“Perspective changes everything!”

. . .

So, recently I took a trip to Valparaiso, Chile & I had the best day there, just wandering the city! Here’s an “itinerary” of that trip:

1- I took the bus (1 hour) to Valparaiso alone, and didn’t get lost once!

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2- I explored and wandered the beautiful city of Valparaiso!

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3- My eyes were truly open to everything I saw today!

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4- I was completely present in the moment today, which made my adventuring, wandering & exploring so much better!

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5- Like the title & the picture hint: I got perspective thrown at me in multiple ways today!

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. . .

Perspective: The appearance of things relative to one another, as determined by their distance from the viewer.

So, the first picture you saw at the top of this page is a view standing from the top of a staircase in Valparaiso.
And, the next picture you saw at the top of this page is a view of the same staircase, but this time, standing right in front of it (instead of above it).

. . .

You see, this is why perspective is such an important concept because things are always different from where someone is standing.
Just like in life. People see things differently because they’re in different places in their own lives, this means that everyone has a different perspective about some/most things.

Nothing is the same for everyone because we all perceive things differently, which means that we all experience life differently.
That’s perspective! Being different & accepting different perspectives of the same things.

The picture from above the staircase could be someone’s view of that staircase for their entire life. Whereas, the picture in front of the staircase could be someoneย  else’s view of it for their entire life. But, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t both seeing the same staircase, they are just looking at it from where they are currently standing.
And, most people would be fine with just seeing it from their perspective for their entire life, but, what I’m trying to encourage you to do after reading this post is: to always try and look at things from different perspectives because you never know what you could discover, just by shifting your focus.

“Don’t stay in the same spot for your whole life
(don’t stay at the top of the staircase for your entire life)!
Change your perspective
(come down & look at it from a different perspective)!”

Change your PERSPECTIVE! It might just change EVERYTHING!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to search for a new perspective in your life!

P.S. Valparaiso is truly a beautiful city, & if you’re ever in Chile, I highly recommend taking a trip here to see this beautiful city for yourself! You won’t regret it, it will definitely help you understand the concept of perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Country-Island-City kid…

You’re such a city kid! You belong on the island! You seem like a country person!ย 

. . .

If you’ve never been told any of these sentences, then you’re doing a great job at blending in with your surroundings! Congratulations!ย 

However, if people tell you those things, it doesn’t mean that you’re not still great at adapting to your surroundings; it just shows that sometimes people see your last destination in you because you’re still learning to adapt to your current surroundings!
And, that’s totally fine! It just means that you’re taking your time to learn about your new surroundings (the new culture), so, when you do adapt, people think you fit in well!ย 

. . .

Never be afraid to take your time adapting while in a new place!ย 

Learning about a new culture takes time (as it should) because in order to truly fit in you must, first,ย learn about the ins & outs about the culture from your new surroundings!

In order to truly fit in, you must stand out, while learning to fit in!ย 

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspires you to continue to learn about different cultures around the world!ย 

 

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚