Let's throw it back to 2011 when I was scared of the world.
I wasn't adventurous, I wasn't curious, I was actually
pretty dang happy right where I was.
With no intention of changing it.
My mom asked me a few times before I began College
if I thought I'd go on a study abroad trip.
"No, nuh uh, nooo way"
My response every time.
I was 19 when I went off to College.
I had only ever traveled within the USA,
I didn't even own a passport.
When I graduated from College I had been
on two round trip international flights.
One to Paris and one to Liverpool.
I had traveled to Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Scotland and England...
Or to make it sound cooler...
I have traveled to Milan, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Interlaken, Bern, Paris, Tours, Reims, Nice, Cannes, Aix en Provence, Arles, Normandy, Versailles, Dublin, Kilkenny, London,
Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool.
I'm probably missing a few places in there.
In only a few short years I've gone from a funny but shy girl who was scared
of the unknown, to a funny, optimistic travel addict who loves
every thing about being in a new and exciting place.
When I group my pictures together like this
i'm really blown away by everything I've been able to go do and see.
Especially since I was so afraid of getting out there a few years ago.
I think traveling is one of the best ways to really get to know yourself.
You learn so much about you and about the world and about people and about love.
It's a crazy experience that can and will shatter a majority of your
former thoughts and prejudices and open you up to such a beautiful adventure.
I'm so happy I've been able to travel as much as I have in the past 2 years.
It's changed my life in more ways than I could explain.
My stay here in Liverpool has been the longest amount of time
that I have been away from home.
It hasn't really felt like a long time but i know it has been.
Time flies when you're having fun is the truest statement ever stated.
Sometimes I feel like i've only been here a week.
And other times it feels like i've been away from home for a year.
When in reality it's only been about 17 weeks.
If you had asked me about my favorite place in England back in 2009
I would have said London, even though I had never been there.
I would have repeated that answer up until 2013.
In 2013 my views shifted and this place called Liverpool became front and center.
You can thank a Tall handsome Brit for that change of heart.
I didn't know much about Liverpool before I came over.
I mean there is one obvious band that comes to mind but other than that
I really didn't know much about this city.
Now that i've been here a while I've learned so much about this great city.
- The Titanic was registered here in Liverpool, never docked here but Liverpool
had something to do with that very very famous ship.
- Liverpool is home to the largest Anglican Cathedral in Britain and 5th largest in the woorrrllddd.
- Liverpool was created in 1207, much older than the USofA.
-Liverpool was at one time a greater Empire than London because their commerce was doing better.
-Liverpool is the most successful footballing city, housing Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
[I've become quite the Liverpool FC fan]
-More than 150 films have been shot in Liverpool. A few were 'The Hunt For Red October, The 51st State, and some scenes from Captain America'.
-Liverpool is home to a very famous band of 4 friends who started out as the Blackjacks, Quarrymen, Johnny and the moondogs, Beatals, Silver Beetles, Silver Beatles, and finally just 'The Beatles'.
I've seen Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields & The Cavern Club.
John Lennon's house is close by as is Paul McCartney's.
It's pretty cool living in a city that was home
to one of the most famous bands of all time.
I have really grown to love Liverpool.
I've got the bus system down and I know town like the back of my hand.
I'm basically a local with a Texan accent.
It's my second home for good reason.
I'm glad that love brought me to this place.
I hope that my stories about Liverpool have made
it a place that you see yourself visiting in the future.