I am going to Europe. Would you like to come along?
This trip will actually be taken down memory lane. My posts will describe what I can recall from a trip I took in 1979 when I went to Europe for a month. I went by myself, but I was with a tour group of college students.
I’ve thought about this project for well over a year. Should I spend the time to recreate this time in my life? Is it worth it? Will my readers find value in it? I hope so!
First, on my trip all the pictures I took were slides. Back then, everyone said, “Slides! Slides! You need to take slides. The pictures will be so much better.” And yes, they were, but slides are not conducive to repeat viewing. A couple years ago, I sent my slides in to have them converted to digital images. So, putting these photos on a blog will allow me to visit them more often.
I apologize in advance if some of the photos are not up to my usual standard – which isn’t all that high to begin with. I will try to edit them, but the results will be limited I am sure. I will also include photos of any “artifacts” which I still have. There are a few.
Second, as I do this project I hope to uncover more memories that may lay dormant in my mind. I also think it’d be great if somehow readers could add to the story and enrich its telling. Either with their own tales or knowledge of places or experiences. I’m betting and hoping that will happen. It would also be great if somehow other connections were made – maybe with some of the friends I made on that trip; although, I kind of doubt that will happen.
Third, I do think some of the stories from that adventure are worth telling. And some stories will remain private, as it should be. Though there will be some surprises I’m sure.
Next, I think this to be a good “winter blogging project.” Dan and I won’t be traveling until Spring. It’s on our travels where I find much inspiration. But this will do for now. I’ll title each post “Europe 1979” followed by a number and then a descriptor. There will likely be non-related posts which will interrupt the sequence, but I am sure my smart readers won’t have any trouble following along. I’ll create a header on the main page to group all the posts together. I’m probably the only one who will use that, but that’s okay.
Lastly, sometimes when I am writing a post, I am surprised where the writing takes me. You would think I would know since I’m the writer, but I don’t.
I do hope you’ll join me on this journey.