I’m a 21-year-old escapist who loves travel, photography, pilots, super-long naps, and chocolate chip pancakes. I initially started this blog as a way to record my adventures during a 3-month study abroad in Paris during the summer of 2010. But my travels didn’t stop there, so it only seemed fitting to continue the blog. I hope it can be a place where I can share the journeys I take…but mostly, as a place where I can remember the growth that can only come as a result of seeing the world.
What’s In A Name?
When creating the blog, I chose “seektheworld” as a URL thanks to my friend Lara Calloway. Lara and I went to summer horse camp together for more years than I can remember, and have kept in touch ever since. When she went on a “Semester at Sea” in college, I followed her travels through her blog, and was constantly inspired by her stories and pictures. What inspired me the most, though, was this quote found in her “open letter” to all future Semester at Sea students. I think it aptly summarizes my past travel experiences, as well as the way I want to live my life as I journey from place to place.
“I initially approached this journey with a strict daily plan to assure I saw everything, accomplished specific goals, and documented every inch and second. Needless to say, that’s not even a thing. It didn’t take long before I began to regard this whole adventure as a wonderful and tumultuous crash-course in international travel. I crash and crash and crash on the way to wherever it is that I think I’m going, and end up somewhere else, for better or worse, before finding myself in a better spot than I could have picked.
So for all things worthwhile in this old earth, for your own sanity, for the love of Buddha, and for the natural yearning for all things that are beautiful, seek the world and everything in it. Any way that you can.”
What’s In A Name? part II
After initially coming up with “seektheworld” as my website URL, I then discovered that I would have to title my blog. I didn’t realize so many decisions went into this whole blogging thing! In any case, I struggled with a title for quite awhile. While I was in Paris, I used “Seek The World” out of laziness. But it didn’t feel right, and it seemed repetitive. I needed an appropriate title for my musings…and I knew, like “seektheworld”, it would come to me most unexpectedly.
This is the part where things get kinda cheesy. The perfect title did come to me, in the form of a brown-haired blue-eyed German-and-French-speaking airline pilot supercutie named Dave. He and I met shortly after my trip to Paris, when I offered to be his safety pilot on a 10 hour flight to New Jersey. We spent those ten hours laughing, being awkward, getting to know each other, and sharing a LOT of travel stories. I’d never met someone who shared my love of flying and adventure, and it was so refreshing to hear someone say “Oh! I’ve been there. Don’t you just LOVE the architecture?” when I mentioned my favorite castle in Germany or chateau in the Loire. It was like being introduced to an old friend that I’d somehow never met.
So what happened after we landed? Well, after a couple of months, we fell in love. Awww. In fact, you’ll probably hear about him in a lot of my blogs. But before all that happened, Dave got on a bigger plane and went back to Africa (where he works) for 9 weeks. We kept in touch on facebook and skype, and he often suggested that I come to Kigali and visit him. It was during one of these conversations that I first heard the word. I remember it exactly; he said “Well, I’m off to bed. There’s plenty of room here, so if you find yourself giving in to wanderlust, please come see me.”
Wanderlust. The Germans, in their typical style, have managed to create the perfect word for travelers everywhere. Known internationally for their extensive travel, the German people needed to create a word that explained their constant need to explore. So they came up with this one. It’s defined as “A strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.” If that doesn’t define me, I don’t know what does. I knew instantly that it would become a part of the blog, and I think the background story makes it even sweeter. Traveling is such a part of who I am, and being able to share that with someone who understands is incredible. After all, it’s not about the places you go, but the journeys that get you there – and the people you meet along the way.
“Seek the world and everything in it. As often as you can.”