Ice and strawberries

The first week of January I took a trip to the Aosta Valley, in the north of Italy, located near the French border. The region is famous for one of the largest national parks, skiing resorts, and, of course, Italy=good food.

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What To Do With Miscellaneous Travel Photos

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a billion photos after a weekend trip. In addition to 50 awkward yet identical selfies behind a famous landmark, I’ll also have pictures of the landmarks themselves, and trees, flowers, dogs – you name it.
When I moved into my apartment recently, I planned on buying the standard wall painting from Ikea – flowers blowing in the wind, contemporary art that makes no sense, or a wall rug.
Instead, I developed those miscellaneous pictures from my travel collections, and created a travel collage.
Maybe it’s not up to National Geographic’s standards, but it’s a personal memory that creates a story, a sense of nostalgia, and most of all, it generates a way more interesting answer than, “I bought this at a generic furniture store”.

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Why my iPhone is the only camera I need.

When I started traveling, I couldn’t afford a good camera. I still can’t. I felt like I was wasting so many opportunities to take the perfect shot. Yet, as I go through my photo albums, I realize that I did just fine after all. Maybe a good picture doesn’t always depend on award winning quality, or the right angle – but the memories behind the camera. Each of these photographs (although highly amateur) resonate with me. They take me back to those moments. The smell of strong coffee engulfing the narrow Italian streets, the sound of firecrackers after a football match, the sight of a church on the Spanish seaside. You don’t always have to go looking for beauty in order to find it. Sometimes it just creeps up on you, as you’re lost in the moment.

For complete posts from these cities, check out my photography section.

1. Mallorca, Spain

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2. Athens, Greece

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3. Leon, Spain

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4. Peñafiel, Spain

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5. Heidelburg, Germany

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6. The Vatican Museum, Vatican City

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7. Oporto, Portugal

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8. Bologna, Italy

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9. Granada, Spain

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10. Cremona, Italy

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11. Sevilla, Spain

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12. Valladolid, Spain

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13. London, England

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14. Cala Pi, Mallorca, Spain

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15. Sitges, Spain

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16. Ontario, Canada

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17. Rome, Italy

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18. Barcelona, Spain

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Deserted Spanish Beaches

These photos were taken in Mallorca, on a beach called Cala Pi. If you find yourself on this magnificent island in April or May, you may find yourself completely alone, surrounded by beautiful rock formations, a serene sunset, and a sense of peace. That’s me in the last one!

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