Note to Self: Hope

It was just us there standing by the viewpoint on a sunny afternoon at the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in Spain.

I could hear the waves, the seagulls and my heart beating. I should have been scared of the unknown waiting for me at home once this road trip was over but instead I felt hopeful.

I found hope as I looked out to the horizon because I finally understood the purpose behind the magnitude of the battles I fought up to that point.

Fast forward to today, I find myself foolishly forgetting this every time I stare at the peak that I have to climb once again.

I know that I’ll get there eventually. I also know that when I do, I’ll be smiling like the time these photographs were taken because all this right now will finally make sense.

Please remember that.

Anchoridtown_Cabo de Gata-Nijar (1)
Anchoridtown_Cabo de Gata-Nijar (2)
Anchoridtown_Cabo de Gata-Nijar (3)
Anchoridtown_Cabo de Gata-Nijar (4)


End of Summer Trip to Elba Island in Italy

When the weather started turning gloomy at the beginning of the month, we had to do something about it. We weren’t quite ready for summer to end just yet, so we drove down to Italy and caught the ferry over to Elba island (isola d’Elba) where it was still warm. It was our second time there, but we enjoyed our stay even more this time round.


At this time of the year, the island is empty. Peak season has been and gone, and a few Swiss, German and British tourists seem to remain.


In the mornings, we awoke to this.


Our days ended with a breathtaking sunset like this almost every evening.

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