It all started way back in time when I just started attending university that I wanted to travel alone. But it wasn’t that easy to save up enough money for the ticket and the expenses and well to have the guts to travel alone as well. As 2018 started out to be the year of independence and self-discovery, I decided that summer 2018 was the perfect time to finally fly away and see not only 1 but 2 of the most beautiful cities of Europe – Paris and Amsterdam. My excitement grew bigger and as usual I started to countdown quite early. Just to show you my excitement … this is what I thought of a month before I actually traveled.
July 1, 2018:
In about exactly a month I will arrive in Paris and so my long-awaited vacation will start. I can barely wait, and my excitement is off the roof! I’m going to observe the beauty of not only one but two of Europe’s most beautiful cities – Paris and Amsterdam. After many years of saving and dreaming, only 30 days are standing in my way of seeing the architectural, historic, and natural beauty of Europe. I can already imagine the details on the buildings, the carved designs stemming from ancient euro-civilizations, the odd languages I will be hearing, and the long-lasting nights.
What’s even better about my vacation is that I will have the opportunity to share it with two of my favorite cousins ever – Raff and Khaj. They know the extent of my excitement and they know me very well so I’m quite anxious about their plans. 14 days of crazy photos and adventure with them … sounds perfect.
To all those who know me well the above will sound normal and to those who don’t know me well? well, this is me!
As soon as the plane touched the land my eyes grew wider and my heart was filled with joy. I was anxious to see the city of love with all it’s beautiful buildings. The first impression I had about Paris? ” Now I know why they call it the city of love!”. The architectural miracles surrounded me and the buildings were magnificent. I felt like I was in a museum. every corner has a story, everywhere you look is a piece of art. The people were always happy and warmhearted although I didn’t understand a word but I managed to say “Merci” occasionally and get away with it. The churches, museums, the Eiffel, Chateux Versaille, Mont Marte, Conciergerie, all these and i still wanted to see more and more. You just can’t get enough of Paris! i will definitely come back Paris!
As amazing as Paris was, so was Netherlands. I didn’t visit Amsterdam only, i also saw Giethoorn, Leiden, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and much more. Netherlands is just a wonderland, literally. They have built a whole country on water! Every single detail is built in a way where everything is synchronized and organized. The bridges, the bikes, the lights, the lakes, … the beauty of Netherlands will always remain in my memories. Amsterdam though is a whole different city, it’s such a vibrant, wild, and bold city. It’s where you feel free. Free of all the restrictions you can think of.
Although both cities were completely different in terms of their people, their language (Dutch was interesting though), their scenery, and touristic sites; they both knew the value of their people and their country. Throughout my vacation not only did I enjoy my time with the people I love, and saw beautiful sites, but I also saw the injustice and the corruption I was and still am living in. Netherlands was built out of nothing, so was Paris! All these wonderlands were built and still remain as miraculous as they were so many years ago, in our case? We were granted the wonderland but in time we have destroyed it, and sadly we are still destroying. Unfortunately we have abused our resources. Greed and political corruption has ruined and still is ruining our future… The only way to put an end to this ugly reality is to actually have the courage and make a change in whatever we do from things as simple as recycling to things as big as standing up for our rights.
It was such a great and unforgettable adventure… but it’s only the first of much more adventures to come!