Two and a half weeks in…

By June 13, 20102010, Europe

…and Europe has been incredible so far! Spain, Southern France, and Italy have been just incredible. From the modern works of Gaudi to the 500 year old works of Michelangelo, the ancient Etruscans and everything in between, this trip is opening up my eyes to more than I could have ever imagined. Being able to contrast and compare art and cultural movements and the differences between modern day societies around the world is definitely challenging me to look at the world through a new lens.
I am finding it most difficult to find the balance between the sacred and the secular, and seeing where they conflict and where they are perfectly intertwined. This theme has been running through my time here since day one, and I hope to finally figure out the balance.
Another challenge is the social aspect – I was feeling a little insecure and on the sidelines for the first week and a half, and now I think that I am trying my hardest to put myself out there in order to get to know other people and feel comfortable.
Sometimes I feel like I am leaving God out of the picture, it’s so easy to just forget when you’re on such a busy trip with so many other people. But I have to continually remind myself that I am His, and this is really all about Him, and I am just a small part of a much bigger picture.
I am really excited to head up to the northern countries, like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Those will all be new for me and a very different experience from the southern countries.

Julia

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