Thursday, October 13, 2011

Feeling nostalgic: Rome 2003 - My most self indulgent blog post ever

Since 2005 I have been documenting my adventures my adventures on this blog, some have been really exciting and life changing, others mundane at best. However I have not until this point made a post about something which happened more than a week or so in the past... I guess there is a first time for everything. Now, I do not consider myself a particularly nostalgic person but listening to the fantastic History of Rome Podcast (Thanks Eivind for the recommendation) I have been feeling quite nostalgic indeed.

There is no real way to describe what the 2003 UNB intersession in Rome meant to me. I have since often thought that the first place you ever really travel to as a young adult (excluding non exotic countries like those in your immediate region) is often remembers as a first love. As with lovers, your first trip is unlikely to be your last but it will have always been your first and you are always likely to think fondly of it. During this time I also met many friends, some of whom I still keep in touch with fairly regularly and feel fortunate to be able to share memories with.

Keeping this blog has been very cool in that it allows me to easily go back and see what I was doing years ago, and although due to its public nature I tend to self censure quite a bit... it still activates memory triggers in my mind which allow me in some way or another to "relive" all these great and sometimes not so great times in my life. Also it is fun to see how I have (hopefully) gotten better as a photographer =)

Well enough of this self indulgence, I hope you enjoy the photos!

1 comment:

Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado said...

Carlos, what a fantastic post. It struck a chord with me because as you know, I too had that "first trip experience" I will never forget my time Peru - I can still remember whole days... what I ate, what I wore, who I spent time with, what we did (or - whew - didn't do...) I had no way of knowing at the time, how important the experience would be - for the rest of my life! Thank you for tweaking the memory and allowing me to relive my cherished first trip experience.