On The Road

Mason. 22. Lover of all things sublime. Travel, nature, community, photography, literature, volunteer work, backpacking, history, filmmaking, spiritual fulfillment, friends and family. These are the things that matter.

Awkward Travel Moment of the Day

While strolling through the Notre-Dame Cathedral this evening, I took a seat in the center of the church to admire the amazing architecture. Moments after sitting down, people began filling up the seats around me. I soon realized that I arrived in the church a few minutes before the primary Sunday mass. Surrounded in a sea of worshippers, I realized there was no way out that wouldn’t produce the disapproving stares of the congregation. I made the decision to sit through the entire service, pretending to mouth the words to French hymns and crossing myself when everybody else did the same. Despite the inherent awkwardness, I’m actually really glad that I was able to partake in the ceremony. The Archbishop of Paris himself delivered the mass and I even participated in Holy Communion. The experience ultimately proved to be one of the unexpected highlights of my journey through Europe thus far.

"Paris is always a good idea." -Audrey Hepburn

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

—   David Bowie

Scenes from Brussels.

We be straight running this shit out here in Belgium.

The Fortress of Luxembourg: Also known as “The Gibraltar of the North,” this ancient fortified complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and looks like something straight out of Lord of the Rings.

Scenes from Bruges and Ghent.

"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever."

Question for Well Traveled Folks

Would you rather spend four days in Madrid and two in Dublin, or two days in Madrid, Dublin and Glasgow?

After an amazing week in The Netherlands, I’m back on the road and heading towards Belgium. Excited to see what adventures await during the second week of this trip!

Scenes from Holland.

Port of Rotterdam: The epicenter of Europe’s trade network and the busiest port in the world until 2002. Shifting trade policies resulting from industrialization and free trade agreements along Asia’s Pacific Rim have allowed the ports of Shanghai and Singapore to surpass the Dutch port’s prominence in recent years.

…is it just me, or does this turn of the century Dutch longshoreman look strikingly similar to Adam from Workaholics? #ILLUMINATI