It was 14 years ago that I first traveled outside of the United States. I spent two months visiting friends across Europe. A significant portion of the trip was spent in Freiburg, which was just a stone’s throw from the borders of both Switzerland and France. I took advantage of the proximity and spent a day on the border town of Colmar, France. I didn’t do much that day other than walk around enjoying the architecture and picturesque scenes along the Launch River. It didn’t take much more than that to have a wonderful time.
In less than three weeks, I’ll be returning to France for a 10-day photography workshop in Paris. I’m excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Normally, I’d be farther along in my preparations but not this time. I have so much to do and think about but my schedule is packed leaving little room for such considerations. This time around, though, being less prepared may not be such a bad thing. I’ll be going with someone, which always helps. We’ll have a guide for the workshop and there are all those handy apps that weren’t around last time I visited. Plus, and possibly most importantly, just like in Colmar, I suspect it won’t take much more than walking around and enjoying the sights to have a wonderful time.
This week and the two to follow, I’ll do what I can to get ready but I won’t stress myself on something that’s supposed to fun and exciting. I’ll try and apply some stress management reasoning to the rest of my life but if I can’t, at least I’ll have this one thing that can be my beacon for some much needed R&R.
Here’s to a fresh and stress-managed start!