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Embracing the Unknown: Connecting with New Places Through Photography and Writing



As some who's always on the move, I have come to realize that saying goodbye to a place that has felt like home, even for a short while, is never easy. The transition from one place to another can be both exciting and unsettling. It's bittersweet to leave behind the comfort of a familiar environment and the people we've met to head into the unknown. But, as I pack my bags and prepare to make yet another move, I prepare for the transition.



In a way, saying goodbye to a place helps me to be mindful of the impermanence of life. It reminds me to cherish the moments I have and to make the most of the time I’m given. As I say farewell to one place and hello to the next, I strive to embrace the beauty of change and the endless possibilities that lie ahead.



Thankfully, I have found a way to deal with this transition of moving from one place to another that grounds me and makes the process easier. To establish a meaningful connection with each new place, I embrace my creative passions - photography and writing.



When we arrive in a new city or town, my iPhone’s camera is the first thing I reach for. As I wander through the streets with camera in hand, I become attuned to the details and subtleties that define each town or city. As I explore new surroundings, my camera is an extension of myself, allowing me to document the unique sights and moments that unfold before me – that all become part of my visual diary. Photography is my way of immersing myself in the present moment and declaring, "I'm here.” It immediately grounds me and helps me connect with my new environment. Each place has its own pulse and rhythm, and with every click of the shutter, I’m invested in capturing the energy and personality of that place.



My photographs are a record of the unique experiences and feelings I’ve had during my journeys. Over the course of our travels, photography has become my language, my way of communicating both with a place and with others. It helps me tell stories and convey the spirit of a city through images. With each shot, I strive to capture not only what I see, but also the feel of a particular place.



While photography helps me cope with the challenges of transitioning to a new place, it's not just about taking photos. It's about using photography to tell a story. When I sit down to write about our travels, my photos are my starting point. They help me remember the sights, sounds, and feel of each moment and process my experiences. From there, I can craft a story that hopefully brings my experiences to life. Through photography and writing, I can establish a connection with a new place, and it begins to feel like home, even if it's just for a short while.


It's a way of transforming fleeting moments into lasting memories.



Writing about our adventures not only allows me to process and reflect on my own experiences, but also provides me with a way to share our journey with others. My goal is to take you on a virtual journey, so you can feel like you’re there with us and experiencing the same sights and moments.



By sharing my experiences through writing and photography, I hope to inspire a sense of wanderlust and curiosity in you. I want you to feel the same excitement and awe that I feel when encountering new places. Through my words and images, I hope to ignite your imagination and spark in you a desire to explore the world yourself – whether its abroad or in your own backyard



In sharing our adventures, I have connected with a wide community of fellow travelers and like-minded individuals. I am forging connections and friendships with people from all over the globe and am grateful for the connections – for your feedback to my posts and your willingness to share your stories with me. This experience and connection with so many of you has been a tremendous gift and has driven home for me the fact that the world is small and that we really can be “one world, one people”.



As we continue our journey of exploration and discovery, I am grateful for my love of photography and writing in helping me to navigate transitions and create lasting connections with the places we visit and with others.



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As I read your post I’m on the train from New Orleans to San Antonio. I never get quite enough of NOLA, and I’m headed toward the solar eclipse. Yes, my heart tugs me both ways. And then I look out the window and see: a wetland with birds and lilies, a river with boats and fisherfolk, a freely plowed field, an alligator!!!

Here, now, my heart says. Be.


I look forward to meeting your next hometown, a new one for me.

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Simcha
Simcha
06. Apr.
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Hi Mickey Jo . . . I saw where you were heading to check out the eclipse. That sounds liker a fantastic time. New Orleans is an amazing town . . . no doubt, with some of the best food I've enjoyed anywhere. I'm glad you've found a place where your heart feels settled. For us . . . it's still onward . . .

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Gast
05. Apr.

You have an amazing positive attitude and spirit. I cherish your love of nature and people. Looking forward to our (lol) next journey.

Jan

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Simcha
Simcha
05. Apr.
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Thank you, Jan. ❤️

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Lynn Hayes
Lynn Hayes
05. Apr.

Hi Simcha, I too love taking photos of our trips and I've been making hard cover photo albums of each of our trips on Mixbook. I like that format because I can add captions and format it just the way I want it. I like having the physical books and it really helps me remember the way I felt when traveling those wonderful places. 😍


Thanks for sharing your and Carla's travels so intimately. I love being along for the ride.

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Simcha
Simcha
05. Apr.
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I Lynn, and I am a fan as well of your travel photos. I always enjoy them, and you and Rich sneak in quite a few trips, so there are always plenty of viewing opportunities. Thanks for mentioning Mixbook. I have not heard of them, but I will absolutely check the out. And thank you so much for following along with our travels. Both Carla and I feel grateful to have you along. ❤️

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