En Route is a new series on the blog about travel. I realize that I write a lot while in transit and it would be best to chronicle my travels this way first before creating my photo diaries in the coming months.
I’m traveling a lot this year, and I figured writing this way would be a better way for me to share my personal thoughts on travel, and not just through my photos and places I’ve been to.
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April 7, 7:10PM (Paris time), bus
Hello from Europe!
Before I start, let me just say that there’s no better way to start this series than having it begin with Paris, one of my favorite cities in the world. Anyway.
As much as I promised to take a break from life through traveling, I seem to can’t leave work behind – which is, I know, such a bad habit that I never learn to break. Either way, I’ve learned to segregate my time for both work and leisure for the duration of this trip, so I guess that’s a good start.
I’m currently in the bus, headed to Paris, as I’m typing this. The past four hours were spent working on drafts for #theroadtoABC, finishing my Amsterdam spread for my travel journal, and sneaking in some side project work as well (slow clap + pats self on the back). I realized that my cup of cappuccino this morning may have worked well, because I am now up and kicking and with no signs of sleeping until we arrive at Paris (by 8PM, I assume – it’s currently 7PM) come dinnertime.
Last week and this week have been pretty amazing. Aside from getting to take in such beauty from all the countries I’ve visited so far (Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Amsterdam & Belgium), I got to breathe and let go of any stress and drama that Manila gave me before I left.
That, and I’ve been constantly drawing – every single day – for myself (see photo above). I’ve never felt any more fulfilled than that. Self-gratification is a necessity, I realize. Sharing some of my journal spreads soon!
Some things, realizations, blah, etcetera below the cut.
On Art Appreciation
I have always seen art from afar – in books, in websites, in pictures. Getting to walk inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (both in Vatican City) was overwhelming – I spent 10 whole minutes staring at Michelangelo’s works on the ceiling, and I know that time isn’t exactly enough for such a magnificent piece of work. Florence amazed me with art everywhere on the streets; and Venice impressed me with its majestic view by the sea.
I just want to add that while I wasn’t able to visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, I stopped by the Museum Shop and got myself a book about Van Gogh. I have always been a huge fan of his work (and Claude Monet’s) so getting a glimpse at the artist’s hometown made this trip definitely worthwhile (ya feel me and my happy tears?!). Booking a trip back sometime soon to see Van Gogh’s paintings and join the long queue for tickets to the museum. Dedication / fangirling game strong.
In the coming days, we’re visiting the Louvre (my second time now) and Versailles. I am beyond excited!
Picture Perfect Postcard Realness
Those things you see in postcards and chocolate wrappers are actually REAL. I got to see them – the Swiss alps in Mt. Titlis (which was freezing cold by the way) and Holland tulips in Keukenhof. I am in awe of nature’s beauty. I also now have legit postcard-worthy pictures, which is pretty cool (#braggingrights).
On Working in Transit
Believe it or not (okay you will believe it if you see my stories on Snapchat), long bus trips from country to country only equate to three things for me: either (1) I sleep for half the time, (2) I end up working (on my laptop) or (3) I draw about my travels. I find myself accustomed to the car movement (in Manila this is what I do – which is actually pretty bad for my eyesight, huhu) and it actually gets me to be more productive for some odd reason – so the bus movement isn’t a problem.
Of course, some other things that help fuel my working habit include my foolproof OTH playlist (+ throwback songs) and a few side activities (such as writing this!). Things are relatively overwhelming to be honest (I’m overusing that word, obviously) but as I always tell myself, it’s better to get some work done than none at all. I did mention on my previous posts that the projects I’m involved in are all different from each other and requires a lot more than just my brain to churn out lettering layouts or whatnot (you know it gets crazy when strategy, branding & logistics are involved). Nevertheless, bring it on.
I’ve been abusing hotel wi-fi as well because of ABC duties to post content, lol. I’ve also been rushing a few e-mails and checking on current projects, which is hard because the time difference sucks. Oh well. Few more days!
Irrelevant photo but hi from me & my siblings! We are collectively the ABC kids, btw (Abigail – Bernice – Clarence).
Manila, I am not ready, but it’s time to see you. I have lots of things lined up for me this April and it’s both exciting and intimidating, and I don’t know which weighs more.
For starters, It’s the legit start of the road to ABC + I’m 100% freelancing! Fixing my schedule is always daunting but I’m excited to see myself grow more as I handle my time better and get to work on projects that I am going to involve myself in.
There are a few new collaborations + side projects I’m working on as well, so that should be interesting.
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I’m still slowly taking in everything on my end because things are always a work in progress for me. Anyway, we’re off to have dinner so I have to go. How’s it been on your end, lately? :)