Living in the Moment

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I feel like I’ve been starting off every post with an apology lately but this time it’s different. Once again I haven’t blogged in quite some time but I feel like that was a good thing for me. The past two weeks have been some of the craziest and busiest but also best of this year so far and I just wanted to take everything in without worrying about getting the perfect picture for a post and all that comes with it. As some of you might remember I blogged about my friend, whom I haven’t seen in 4 years, a little while ago and how we were going to reunite in Paris this summer. Well, that’s what finally happened and that’s why I’ve been pretty quiet over here as well as on Twitter. (Just not Instagram cause I’m obsessed). Don’t worry though because I’m definitely back for good now!

So ever since going to Paris on the 15th I’ve been all over the place and barely ever home. We were always on the go and I’ve been on countless trains and in several different cities and although it was really exhausting it couldn’t have been more perfect. I just dropped my friend off at the airport yesterday and now I’m sitting here in my room and in my head I keep going back to all the places we went and all the things we did. It makes me sad in a way because it’s over now but it also makes me smile because I’m so glad it happened.

I have a lot of friends at home. I’ve alway had a lot of friends but I feel like my friendship with her is more special. Now you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but if you look at us we probably couldn’t be more different. She’s a bit of a dork sometimes and barely even uses mascara while I basically own half of Sephora. If I’m being honest we don’t really have a lot in common and our personalities couldn’t be any more different but somehow we still managed to become really close friends. Even though I have a lot of friends I only have a few that I’m really close with, which is probably my own fault because I don’t really open up to a lot of people. It’s just really difficult for me but she’s one of the few people in my life that I can talk to about literally anything because I know she won’t judge me. She never has and I know she would support me through anything. I feel like our friendship is so genuine and that’s what’s so special about it.

Sometimes I wonder how we managed to stay this close. The last time we saw each other we were both 16 and had just finished our sophomore year in high school and now we’re about to be juniors in college once summer’s over. So after 4 years of not seeing each other in person we finally met up again in Paris of all places and it wasn’t awkward in the slightest way. It was as if those 4 years had never happened. It felt so natural to see her again and just hang out in Paris like it was nothing. I feel like between the years of 16 and 20 you change a lot and we both did but our friendship never did. I mean what are the odds?

I still remember how nervous I was the night before I went to Paris and how nervous I got on the train there. I remember stepping off the train and looking for her in a huge crowd of people and I couldn’t believe this was actually happening. I remember walking down the platform looking for her until I heard someone calling my name and then she just stood there and it was nothing like what I had expected. I thought it was going to be so overwhelming but it was just so natural. It was like I had just seen her about a week ago.

At the beginning of our little trip we talked about how we wanted to document everything and take millions of pictures. Now that I’m looking through my phone we really didn’t take a lot. We took a few pictures in front of some of the sights we looked at and maybe a few selfies and that’s about it. In the past week and a half I’ve been to Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Amsterdam and no matter where we went we saw so many people with selfie sticks trying to document every single moment so that they could show them to their families and friends and wouldn’t forget them. Actually it was quite funny to observe. It seems like everyone is just so obsessed with sharing every single experience with the rest of the world these days they don’t even enjoy the actual experience anymore. It’s cool as long as it ends up on Instagram, Snapchat or Facebook and everyone else sees how great of a time you’re having.

I know I use Instagram a lot myself. I just love capturing cool moments and sharing pretty pictures on my account. I’m not gonna lie. It’s fun. And I’ve shared a few pictures I took while on our trip but I wasn’t on social media a lot in the past few days compared to usually. Although we might haven’t documented every little detail on our phones and shared everything on social media we still had an amazing time. I was so busy with taking everything in and enjoying the moment I didn’t even feel the need to take tons of pictures. I was making great memories with one of my best friends. I don’t necessarily need pictures to remember all that. We were making memories that are way to precious and special to forget.

I enjoy taking pictures just as much as the next person but it seems to me that sometimes we can get so caught with capturing the perfect moment we don’t live it to the fullest. I guess what I’m trying to say is that by simply living in the moment I enjoyed everything much more than I probably would have if I had been obsessing over getting that perfect picture. I feel like that would’ve taken away so much from the whole experience.

I might only have a few pictures to look at now but I have a ton of amazing memories saved in my head that’ll stay with me forever nonetheless. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few days is that I just need to live in the moment more often and stop worrying about everything else cause it sure made a lot happier.

Anyway this is just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately and that I wanted to share with you guys. I can’t wait to tell you more about our little European adventures in my next few posts and it definitely won’t take as long because I basically have nothing planned for the next few days and it’s pouring outside and the weather isn’t supposed to get any better in the next few days.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed today’s post although it’s a bit different from my usual ones.

Much love as always,

Sophie

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My Trip to Spain

Hey lovelies,

I know it’s been a little while but I’m back! Yay! So I just got back from Spain last night, where I’ve been enjoying a great vacation for the past 5 days, which you may know in case you’re following my Instagram because I’ve posted quite a few vacation photos on there. Anyway.. I’ve had the most amazing five days. We stayed in this beautiful house, which was located up in the hills close to Lloret de Mar. The view from up there was incredible and we were really close to the beach and a bunch of lovely little small towns along the coast line. It was pretty much a dream.

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My family had already been there for a week, so they came to pick me up from the airport in Barcelona when I flew in on Monday. The rest of Monday I just spend catching up with my family and unpacking. On Tuesday we spent the first half of the day chilling around the pool before we drove down to a town called Tossa de Mar. It was a really pretty tow right by the ocean. After exploring the town for a while we had dinner before we headed back to the house.

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Wednesday we got up pretty early and drove to a town called Blanes to check out where the trains ration was because we wanted to go to Barcelona from there the next morning. After checking out the train station we walked around the town a bit more and ended up at a beach. There was this rock, my brother and I climbed on, from which you could look over the sea. It was such a nice view and so calming.

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Towards the late afternoon we drove down to Lloret de Mar, which was really closely to our place. I think it was about 5 minutes by car. The town itself is quite pretty and I love that it is located right by the ocean as well but I was really glad we didn’t stay there because it definitely live up to its expectations of being a place to party. Not that I don’t like to go out sometimes but the whole town was so filled with people that only came there to party, so it wasn’t for me really. But I did buy a super cute backpack, which I think will be great for my upcoming travels.

I hope you enjoyed this post and the pictures and I will tell you all about my trip to Barcelona in my next post.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Sophie