MY NEXT ADVENTURE

I can vividly recall, it was a chilly winter afternoon, I was boarding the train from Rome to Florence, it was then I thought to myself… travelling was one of the best things you can do in life and up to this day I wholeheartedly believe this. I was young and a life full of promise was ahead of me. I was very happy. Time of my life.

Inevitability. I saw it coming. As with most individuals, my dreams began to change. As they often do over time.

I set a goal and I achieved it the moment I stepped off the train. That’s when I knew I finally made it. There was nothing to prove to myself anymore. I can make it anywhere from here on out.

In the back of my head, I always knew travelling isn’t going to be permanent for me. I’m a creature of comfort and routine. There was always a sense of finality that one day, I should hold on to something more tangible than photographs and memories. Create a more permanent human connection that what I had with my friends on the road. My mind realised something my heart longed for…

Finally, its time for me to settle down.

“My mind realised something my heart longed for. I’m weary of travelling, I’m a creature of comfort. I want a set life”

Its been a long time coming. I’ve been wanting this for a long time. Always had.

When I see friends excited to embark on their journey, care-free, cameras fully charged and only worry about the hangover the next day, I sometimes think.. maybe one more crazy soiree, maybe I should give it a go, one last time.. to chase the unknown, to not hold back and go all out.

But I’m not that. I was never that.

It’s always my dream to own a nice couch in the middle a nice looking apartment. My dream to own a home entertainment system and a kick-ass gaming rig. The everyday comforts some people take for granted.

To think about it, I already have countless beautiful memories with so many friends and strangers all over the world.

Now its time to create new ones with a single person. The most beautiful person I know in the world:

 

The last two photographs means the world to me. A moment I will keep close to my heart forever.

Jean and I celebrated our birthdays together (March 12 & 13) at the hostel’s balcony, with a small helping of chocolate cake we bought in the subway. That night was perfect.

She’s amazing. Perhaps the universe wanted us to meet, or perhaps it was just a case of in the right place at the right time or maybe the threads of fate? Whatever the case, I thought that it didn’t matter. I want to be with her. She wants me to stay, So I’m staying put.

My feet… they are tired and weary. I can tell they want to feel the lush fabric of a carpet I’ll be buying for our new apartment. Its time for a new adventure with her.

So what will happen to this website?

I will still post photographs on my blog.. I made this website for myself, my family and my friends. To preserve my beautiful memories so I can look back and appreciate how wonderful life is.


And to me?

I don’t know. But my future with Jean is now as exciting and filled with promise as it was that time I was boarding the train from Rome to Florence on a chilly winter afternoon. Actually, even more so.

-Lean