Chicago Skyline Architecture at Sunset Drone Photography Over Lake Michigan and Soldier Field at Northerly Island Park

The Best Places for Chicago Skyline Photography

Chicago Skyline Photography

The Chicago skyline may be one of the most iconic, recognizable and photographed cityscapes in the world. Embedded in the mountainous skyscrapers, is a juxtaposition of modern and historic Chicago architecture that when combined is an ode to present and past. This city is a home to a melting pot of people, ideas, arts, and lifestyles. It is not just a city – it is a feeling. It is no wonder why the Chicago skyline is the is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking views in the world!

Chicago Skyline labeled Architecture Buildings

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Chicago Skyline History and Architecture

Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois an among the largest in the United States of America. As we know, it is one of the third most famous cities in the U. S. Chicago is renowned for its bold architectural looks as well as the birthplace of skyscrapers.

In 1832 when the Black Hawk War ended, Chicago was developed as a town.  Afterward, in 1837, it became a city due to population growth. From 1848 it started development, and as such, it became the world’s largest grain port in 1854. Another important thing from its history is that from 1950 to 1960, Chicago’s people moved elsewhere due to the jobless environment.

Then afterward, in 2000, its population started increasing again. After a silence of many years, Chicago City has sanctioned 800 feet buildings with more jobs awaiting approval. Each day, the skyline changes Chicago design with newer layouts and innovative technology coming into the rescue of executing them from concept to completion.

Chicago Skyline Architecture at Sunset Drone Photography Over Lake Michigan and Soldier Field at Northerly Island Park

Where to See the Chicago Skyline?

There are many places where you can get perfect photographs and enjoy the views of the Chicago Skyline. As you go about exploring the great beautiful city of Chicago, don’t forget to view these iconic architectural marvels:

Rush University in Chicago Skyline at Night

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Rush University Parking Garage

Having studied at one of Chicago’s colleges or universities, it is not necessarily a place many would return to regularly after completing your degree. You may not be intending to move back to the university, but that should not keep you from visiting Rush University.

Surprisingly, Rush University’s parking garage includes one of the most stunning views of the Chicago skyline. It is an off-the-beaten tourist path, which means that you won’t need to struggle through crowds of men and women to capture the best image of the Chicago skyline.


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360 Chicago Observatory Deck

If you want to enjoy the Chicago Skyline’s great view, go upward 94 floorings within the John Hancock building and see the 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Watch out on the town from all 360 degrees, then with interactive touch screens, click and find out about the history, structure, scenery, and culture of all these sights within your view. 

As you are there, make sure to have the delight of the’ Tilt’ and then see the city from an entirely new angle. This observatory has a few of the most incredible views of Willis Tower, Lake Point Tower, in addition to the Aon Center.

Make sure you arrive first thing in the afternoon to avoid the enormous lines and the massive audiences. Because in the evening, I am 100 percent sure that you will never get the view properly because there is a huge audience at that time.


Skydeck Chicago

Skydeck Chicago is the other point from where you can see a perfect view of the Chicago Skyline. For Chicago’s amazing views and a glimpse of up to four states, investigate the notorious Willis Tower Skydeck.

At present, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower up until 2009) is among Chicago’s most significant and greatest famous buildings. It was also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere until 2013, when the new One World Trade Center surpassed it.

Measure ‘The Ledge,’ that extends four feet out of this building, and take in the views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Skydeck is available 365 days throughout the year. Therefore regardless of what time of year you decide to see, you will always be at the top of Chicago’s world.


The Art Institute of Chicago

If you are thinking that you will skip the Art Institute of Chicago from your queue visiting places, keep in mind that without seeing the Art Institute of Chicago, it will feel that your trip is not complete.

While you are there, not only are you going to get mesmerized by fantastic artwork, but you will also see breathtaking views of the town. Be sure to visit the Modern Wing for an unbelievable view of Millennium Park, move up to the restaurant, and enjoy views of the city while eating a tasty meal.


Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

From rides museums, the Navy Pier is filled with amusement; you will not want to overlook it. So, make sure you take a ride on the Ferris Wheel. You will enjoy the ride, but you will also have the ability to observe a fantastic view of the town after you reach the very top.

Although the old Ferris Wheel has been replaced with a new and larger version, the same designer who designed the old one (Dutch Wheels) has also constructed the new one.


The Wit Hotel ROOFtop bar in Downtown Chicago

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The Roof On theWit

The Wit Hotel in Chicago rooftop lounge is a home to live music and musicians playing nearly every day. The pub is remarkably popular with the locals, particularly during the summertime.

Sip on a cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and appreciating the close views of the Marina Towers. We propose coming for Happy Hour and remaining long enough to see the sunset across town, a spectacular sight to see.


Chicago Skyline Fourth of July Free Fireworks at the Alder Planetarium Night Photography

From the Alder Planetarium

As I mentioned in the best places to watch the Chicago sunrise, the Alder Planetarium is a photographers dream. Located right off of Lake Michigan, you have countless opportunities to capture something spectacular. Wake up early to watch the city wake up or stay late to see the sunset behind the beautiful city skyline. In the summer months, the Alder Planetarium is the perfect place to lay out a blanket and enjoy the free firework display offered from the city.


The Golden Hour Sunset Overlooking the Bean in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago

Millennium Park Chicago

The reflection of the Chicago skyline painted on the world famous Bean sculpture in downtown Millennium Park while watching ice skaters skating in the rink below is a wonder in its own. No matter where you walk, the city’s architecture surrounds you. Take a stroll along the Lurie Gardens and see if you can spot the John Hancock building or grab your camera and head down the BP Bridge to see catch a better glimpse of the beautiful architecture.

Have some little ones? Just head a short walk to the adjoining Maggie Daley Park. A fun little gem, that is sure to keep your kids entertained.


Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour Taxi photography

Chicago Boat Tours

See the Chicago skyline from a unique perspective from a boat!. Whether you are taking in the scenes winding down the Chicago River or enjoying a summer day on Lake Michigan, the non stop views will keep you from going overboard. One of my favorite ways to learn and see the city is through one of many Architecture Boat Tour.


hicago helicopter Experience Tour of the City Skyline during sunset photography

In a Helicopter

A helicopter tour is undoubtedly the very best way to observe the Chicago skyline together with an aerial perspective of the whole city. It is also the priciest, but it is well worth it to get an unforgettable experience.

We propose a sunset excursion since there’s nothing like watching the sunset across town. For all individuals on a budget, even a boat tour is a fantastic alternate.


Sweet Home Chicago

As mentioned above, the sites are not an exhaustive list of places to view Chicago’s skyline. They are just a few points where you can enjoy the stunning view of the beautifully architectural Chicago Skyline. You can enjoy the sunset views and get photographs to document these spots and make your trip memorable.

With a vast surfeit of attractions—the Art Institute, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, the Magnificent Mile, da Bulls, world-famous comedy (Second City), and world-famous theater (Steppenwolf, Goodman), not to forget the blues—“Sweet home Chicago” is an American city second to none.

Chicago Skyline Sunrise Reflection Photography Location from the Adler Planetarium

5 Best Places to See the Chicago Sunrise

5 Best Places to See the Chicago Sunrise

360 Chicago Sunrise

Seeing the Chicago sunrise over Lake Michigan is truly a magical experience but I do not think that it gets the appreciation that it deserves. I know, there is so much to do and not enough time. I get it, with over 77 communities, on over 234 square miles of land, Chicago is the third largest city in the America. It’s big and there is a lot to see but there are a few reasons that you should try and fit the sunrise into your next visit.

Firstly, nothing is open so you really the only thing you have to choose between is either catching a few some more z’s or catching that morning light. That may actually be a hardest decision here but trust me after seeing a few  of my sunrise photography, you won’t regret it. Next is that you can enjoy most of the places if not all without the daytime crowd. It sounds a bit cheesy but there is a sense of serenity when you are all by your self, watching the darkness turn to light, as the city slowly wakes up. And lastly, it’s free! (for the most part)

Are you ready to set your morning alarm and get out there yet? From seeing the morning rays 1000 feet high to sitting on the natural rocks off of the shore, it is truly a beautiful experience. Here are my top 5 best places to watch the sunrise in Chicago.

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Sunrise at Fullerton Beach

The sunrise at Fullerton Beach off of Lake Michigan in Chicago will always have a special place in my heart. This location was the spot in which I photographed my very first morning in the city. I have seen this lookout evolve from a rugged natural piece of the lake shore to a well manicured park, where families and friends stay to hang out.

What makes Fullerton Beach such an amazing spot to catch the sunrise is that it not only gives you a some of the most beautiful views of Lake Michigan but a unique photography shot of the Chicago skyline. The beach is located right off the Fullerton Exit on Lake Shore Dive, which is on the east side of Lincoln Park Zoo and just north of North Avenue Beach. It is quite an accessible location in which you can find free parking all along Cannon Drive. 

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North Avenue Beach Sunrise

North Avenue Beach lies just south of Fullerton Beach but it contains a completely different scale to Chicago’s sunrise. This is the most popular beach in the city. During the summer months it is alive with sunbathers, volleyball games and basically any activity that involves fun. In the morning, this beach is quiet and a beautiful place to watch the sunrise. Since it is located closer to the skyline, it gives you a completely different scale compared to Fullerton Beach. I also love the different opportunities for photography here. You can capture interesting photos of the famous wooden nautical boat, play with images from the adjoining bridge, or use lifeguard tower and other beach subjects to create a beautiful early morning scene.

The Chicago Sunrise at Northwestern University's Painted Rocks Lakeshore Path

Northwestern University Lakefront Path

Northwestern University is not as close to Chicago as the other spots on this list but the sunrise view is hard to beat. Located north of the city in Evanston, Northwestern University lies right off of Lake Michigan. There’s a beautiful lakefront path scattered with colorful rocks painted by the students of the university making this such a colorful spot. This is one of my favorite hidden gems for photographing the sunrise, mainly because of the unique landscape as well as the quietness of this place. You can find free parking in the surrounding neighborhoods if you don’t mind the short walk to the lake. If you are planning on visiting, bring a hammock and relax with one of the most beautiful views of Chicago.

Chicago Skyline Sunrise Photography Location at the Adler Planetarium

Adler Planetarium Sunrise

The Adler Planetarium is by far the best place to see the famous Chicago skyline.  Located right off of Lake Michigan, this spot gives you panorama views of the city from the Shed Aquarium to the Sears tower to Navy Pier. The best part about this spot is seeing the reflection of the city’s architecture mirrored in the lake. Add in the warm glow of the beautiful architecture of the city skyline and you have the recipe of the of the perfect Chicago sunrise. You can park all along Solidarity Dr. It is paid parking but you can get some good shots before the meter starts to charge you.

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Sunrise at 360 Chicago

Watching the sunrise from 360 Chicago, is that sort of experience that is truly unforgettable. This is the least accessible of the previous locations on the list, mainly because it is 1000 feet above Michigan Ave in the world renowned John Hancock building off on State street. I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to a few sunrise photography meets at this observatory deck and wow. With 360 degree views of the Chicago skyline , the sunrise photo possibilities are endless.

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360 Chicago Sunrise Photography

Where to Watch the Chicago Sunrise?

Every place on this list offers their own unique Chicago sunrise experience. Pick out one or honestly none of these but all that I ask is that you go and see one for yourself. I promise you that you will not regret it. It’s the little joys like this that makes life so incredibly beautiful. Seeing the morning light rising above Lake Michigan, the sky filled with colors of bright orange, yellow, and red hues reflecting on the crashing waves will always be one of my favorite moments in life. If you have any suggestions or would like to share your sunrise experience, comment below. I’d love to hear about it!

Chicago Sunrise Reflection Photography Location from the Adler Planetarium

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Hope Poster Graphic Design Text in a black and white photograph of the Chicago skyline

Hope

Hope

Sometimes it is hard to find, but it is always there.

These past few weeks have been filled with ups and downs. While there are many messages of hope and optimism, some days it gets harder to see the glass half full when it slowly seems to be draining from within.

You can sit in your home while being forced to engage in social distancing and wrestle over these thoughts in your head. You can be angry, scared or frustrated. But remain hopeful.

Many people are feeling the effects that are currently occurring in our society. From businesses closing their front doors to millions of people not knowing how they’ll make ends meet next month to fellow humans risking their lives to continue to work in order for the rest of the world does not shut down entirely. Be hopeful.

This is a moment in time that no one will forget. Each day it feels like we are still waking up to a dream. That we will somehow flip on the news and hear that none of this happened and while we eat our breakfast, drink our coffee and continue with our normal daily routine. That has not happened yet. The clouds still remain dark as we slowly, day by day fight through the fog. But the sun will shine again.

‘Hellos’ will once again be able to be said and accepted face to face.

But these are the days that keep you strong. These are the times where you search in your back pocket and pull out that memory of kindness, humbleness and gratitude that once made you smile. These are the days that you remember the softness of a hug, the warmth of being surrounded in a crowd, and the inviting eyes of a stranger as you pass each other on the street.

And while many aspects of life has changed, some may be gone, hope will always be there.

Sometimes it is hard to find, but it is always there. These past few weeks have been filled with ups and downs. While there is many many messages of hope and optimism, some days it gets harder to see the glass half full when it slowly seems to be draining from within. You can sit in your home while being forced to engage in social distancing and wrestle over these thoughts in your head. You can be angry, scared or frustrated. But remain hopeful. Many people are feeling the effects that are occurring in society. From businesses closing their front doors to millions of people not knowing how they’ll make ends meet next month to fellow humans risking their lives to continue to work in order for the rest of the world does not shut down entirely. This is a moment in time that no one will forget. The sun will shine again. ‘Hellos’ will once again be able to be said and accepted face to face. But these are the days that keep you strong. These are the times where you search in your back pocket and pull out that memory of kindness, humbleness and gratitude that once made you smile. Remember the softness of a hug, the warmth of being surrounded in a crowd, and the inviting eyes of a stranger as you pass each other on the street. And while many things will be changed, some things may be gone, hope will always be there.

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A Road Trip Through the Cities of Italy

A Road Trip Through Italy: Italian Cities

Lake Karersee Italy Travel Photography

Back from the Italian Alps

Still in a daze from the scenes the first half of my road trip through Italy in Northern Italy, we continue traveling on the open road. Living out the words to Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place to Go, we find ourselves in a flux of mountains and age-old cities of Italy. Arco, a small town north of Lake Garda with its ancient hilltop castle and mountainous backdrop was the stunning welcoming that we needed. Without thinking, we pulled over. From the second I pulled the door handle, my eyes were jumping from one scene to the next. This was the start of a new adventure.

Exploring the Italian Coast

Although, the objective is to head down the Italian Coast and make a loop back to Venice, this trip was not ruled by an agenda. We took each road, each turn, each place as it is. This is the only way I can imagine traveling for myself. It’s cliché to even type “Its the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” But that is what traveling, adventure and memories are. I can share pictures of beautiful Italian destinations but what I can’t share are the laughs, the long rides, the happiness that simple conversations with strangers bear. I try to convey as much as I can through photography while at the same time, I enjoy keeping some of the most important moments to myself. Moments that I will look back on in my own time and just smile. I did that, I was there, and I will never forget this.

Lost in Italian Cities

The cities of Italy is alive through their stories, through their past. From Venice to Milan to Florence, you could close your eyes and imagine with ease walking in a time that’s not yours. A hurried Filippo Brunelleschi drifting through the streets of Florence or a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci as he adds the final brush stroke to The Last Supper in Milan. It’s hard not to get lost in your surroundings, to get soaked up in the architecture, art, nature and landscape of this beautiful land. I have never stepped on a street that felt so catalytic in the importance of history than the streets of Italy. It’s hard not to fall in love in a country like this.

Serendipity: The City of Siena

The chants of a faceless crowd finds its way through the winding, cobblestone streets of Siena, Italy. Moments later the crowd with their Contrade’s emblem banners raised in hand, marched their way around the corner. This was the celebration of the The Palio horse race. A passionate event with its origin tracing back to the 6th century. This was how Italian cities felt. Frozen in time while the rest of the world marched on.

What was important about this, was that this was never planned. We didn’t know about this city nor of this celebration that only happens twice a year. Sunset was quickly approaching and our original destination was out of reach. By chance we entered the city of Siena for the night. This was probably one of the most memorable moments of any trip that I have ever had. It wasn’t scripted, it was living in the present. It was discovering a love for a place that was waiting to be found.

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Chicago Fall Photography

Fall in Chicago

Fall Chicago Photography

For a brief period in time, nature and Chicago becomes in accordance with each other. Bright reds, yellows and orange strewn with life throughout the city; a blanket trying to warm the life of the city as the temperatures begin to lower.

It’s beautiful.

Chicago goes through a momentary identity change as the trees begin breathing life into the architecture. Fall is my favorite time of year. It reminds me of how captivating change can be but also how delicate and short it can be as well.

This year I feel like I took it for granted. At the first change of color, I told myself that I would be out enjoying it behind my camera. But one busy weekend after the next, time quickly passed and I felt like I missed one of the most magical times in Chicago. I knew I had to make my way to see the remnants of the passing season. On a Saturday morning in November, I walked and walked throughout the city seeing familiar scenes in a new way.

Here are a few snapshots from a brief period of time I thought I missed.

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360 Chicago Sunrise pt. II

Walt Disney Concert Hall California

Day and Night

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

Day and night… bump bump… This being a product of my insomnia at 3am. A little symbolic too, days and nights become synonymous with each other. Some days I can fall right asleep at a ‘normal’ hour while other nights I toss & turn until the sun comes up. On those nights I find myself working on pictures like this to calm the mind. A day. A night. The rhythm of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Walt Disney Concert Hall California

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Blackstone Hotel Luxury Suite in Chicago Sunrise over Grant Park

The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago

The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago

The Blackstone Hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago may be one of the most historic staples in the fabric of the city. Walking down Michigan Ave, you’re bound to notice a few of Chicago’s most architecturally significant buildings. From the Wrigley Building to the Tribune Tower to the John Hancock Center, but if you head a little bit south there is an unmistakable mansard roof peaking above the skyline.

I was fortunate to have been able to spend a night at the historic Blackstone Hotel last month. The home of the original “smoke filled room”, today it’s a mix of historical, modernism that you can not help but wonder about the stories that were written inside of these walls. Opening the door to my room I was immediately welcomed with sunlight reflecting off the marble floor as well as their signature KOVAL bourbon waiting to be poured. It was a luxurious room that I never wanted to leave. I found myself sketching behind a desk during the day, watching the city lights at night and waking up to the sunrise over Lake Michigan in the morning. Although my time here was only for a night, it was a wonderful experience that I would not trade for the world.

Chicago Fall Photography

Where is the Blackstone Hotel?

The Blackstone Hotel is located in downtown Chicago at 636 South Michigan Avenue. It is situated at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Balbo Drive in the center of the Michigan Boulevard Historic District. Just a few steps away Buckingham Fountain and across from Grant park, this may be one of the most beautifully located hotels in Chicago.

Where is the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago Map Grant Park Lollapalooza

The Historic Architecture

Inside the Blackstone Hotel

Inside of this architectural icon are stories from Chicago’s past and yet a contemporary and chic environment. This luxurious 335 room hotel is updated for all of your needs with modern amenities (not to mention the marble bathrooms, craft cocktails, stunning views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park) that you can’t help but feel like you are in a luxurious paradise. From your first steps into the lobby to the last steps into your breathtaking room, the Blackstone hotel is a stay I will never forget.

Outside of the Blackstone Hotel

Located in the heart of Chicago, on one of the most vibrant streets, you immediately feel like you have the whole city in the palm of your hands. Just looking out the window to the mind blowing view of Grant Park made me want to grab my camera and just go. And so I did.

The streets were alive, Grant Park was preparing itself for summer and the tulips scattered throughout Chicago sprang to life. I don’t live in Chicago, but I’m here quite often. I usually drive up here, park and either walk or take the CTA to get around the city.  But this time, I found myself walking for the entire day, never once worrying about what time it was or when I should leave. I was free to just enjoy the city… just me and my camera.  This was a convenience I never once thought I’d appreciate until my stay at the Blackstone.

This was simply an amazing opportunity that I’m for ever humble to have experienced. Below are a few of my favorite pictures I have ever taken and it is all due to everyone at Blackstone Hotel. A big thanks for letting me be apart of the heart that beats the city. This was one of the most relaxing days that I’ve ever had and now I have a new favorite hotel. Until next time, and trust me, there will be a next time.

Interesting Facts of the Day:

  • The Blackstone Hotel opened its doors on my birthday April 6th, 1910 (I wasn’t born in 1910)
  • It attracted everyone from Teddy Roosevelt, the Rockefellers, to Nat King Cole and Al Capone.
  • The Blackstone Hotel was declared a historic landmark in 1998.

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A Road Trip Through Scotland II

Scotland

I feel like I should ramble some more about a trip that I took a some weeks ago. If you haven’t seen my last post, you can read it (or just look at the pictures) here at A Road Trip Through Scotland. But I’ll just give you a brief in-depth summary now. Went to Scotland. Enjoyed Glasgow. Rented a car. Saw pretty things and now I’m here. Ok, I hope I didn’t lose you yet. I’ll start off like I started off last time, the reason why I first wanted to see Scotland was because of Neist Point. The little sea cliff that I loved so much I had to go back the next morning.

The Isles of Skye

The Isles of Skye (from the old Norse sky-a, meaning ‘cloud island’) was filled with remarkable natural sights. The Isles’ rugged sea cliffs, and mountainous scenary sparked with life at every turn. The dark jagged basalt appeared to be breaking through the ground, forming the natural landscape of this island. It’s the home to some of the most beautiful places I have been fortunate enough to experience such as Neist Point, the Quiraing, Fairy Glen, the Old Man of Storr and much more. I spent about two and half days here but could have easily spent a lot longer. Pictures just do not do the Isles of Skye justice, but hey I tried.

A map, a car, a camera and the road

Its the not the Destination, It’s the journey.’ Yes, very cliché I know. A phrase that I have heard so many times that I tend to forget it’s true value.

When I began planning for Scotland, I did what most people tend to do. I googled places to see in Scotland. And of course, I find plethora of beautiful photographs of castles, waterfalls, landscapes, cities and honestly thats great. I made it a point to see a lot of these places but some of my most memorable moments and favorite photographs are of those that you can not find on google or Pinterest. I believe it’s because these are my personal experiences. These are the places that I choose to stop at because they incited my curiosity. We all have our own stories and the ones who have experienced these well known places, share the same sort of paragraph in their story (If that makes any sense). But those places in between are what makes everyones story unique and different. And that’s a beautiful thing. Here are a few paragraphs from my story.

From Edinburgh to Glasgow

Other than Scotland’s natural beauty, it is home to a rich history. I felt like everywhere I turned, I was surrounded by stories of the past. From castles to cobble stone roads to cathedrals and cemeteries, exploring these places made me feel like a kid again. Honestly, all I could do was try to soak in as much information that I could, and I am still trying to process everything that I saw. Edinburgh and Glasgow, although somewhat opposite, will remain very close to my heart. These are cities that I saw the sun disappear in and shedding light the next. I felt at home here. This was truly an unbelievable experience, that I would not have changed one moment of. Until next time Scotland and thank you for your hospitality but most importantly, thank you for changing my life for the better.

Food For Thought

I’ve been asked by a few people how traveling alone was so I thought I’d share my experience of it. When I first thought about traveling alone, in all honestly I was terrified of. I mean the very idea of not knowing where you are let alone, anyone you know is quite frightening. I was clouded with ideas of everything that could go wrong but I’ve always dreamed of someday of taking an prolong road trip and just traveling. If I ever wanted to do this I knew at some point that I would have to be comfortable traveling alone. So I took a chance, sucked it up, swallowed my fears and decided to go to Scotland solo.

Preparing for this involved in constant researching on other’s experiences as well and a few solo overnight trips to dip my toes into. I learned a lot from South Dakota and the Upper Peninsula, such as what were my necessities and what I could do without i.e less is more. But most importantly I learned how to be comfortable being by myself (which was a little hard because I could be very talkative to myself).

What I took out of this experience was an indescribable experience. Some may think that it will be lonely, but this was far from that case. Photography and the mystery of being somewhere new, preoccupied my mind to the point that I did not even grasp the idea that I was alone. There are moments where your initial fear resurfaces but it’s quickly put to rest once you recognize where you are, and that the world is not as scary as you imaged. The most exciting part about traveling alone is that your flying first hand outside of your comfort zone, igniting that flame of curiosity and wonder. And you realize how exciting life can be again.

I feel like every trip that I take I always end it by saying that I learned a lot about myself and so on. And Scotland was no different. Everything thing that I have learned in the past, I have applied to the present which only opens another door of lessons to face. Life is a learning experience that everyone is trying to master. But the beauty lies in each person’s pursuit of it.

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A Road Trip Through Scotland

Scotland

A few weeks ago I embarked on an 8 day adventure to the most northerly part of the United Kingdom. Scotland. My interest was first sparked by a little light house carving it’s way out towards the sea. After finding out that this place truly does exist, I knew I had to see it. So I went. The first few days were filled with awe while wandering from Glasgow north towards the Isle of Skye. It still feels like I wandered into someone else’s dream. Here’s are a few snippets of that adventure in no particular order at all.

Neist Point

Neist Point Lighthouse sits on a rocky cliff-top in the most westerly part of the Isles of Skye. Being the reason for visiting Scotland, I think I unknowingly built up such a high expectation that I feared that I may be disappointed. But those thoughts quickly faded the second I heard the waves crashing against the shore. I never thought in my wildest of dreams that I would find myself traveling solo, 3,500+ miles from home, watching the sun set at a place like this. At Neist Point.

A map, a car, a camera and the road.

Scotland awaits. But first I have to get used to this whole driving on the opposite side of the road thing. After one mistake, I quickly became a natural. When planning this trip, I had this crazy idea. What if I drove around with no particular place to go and just enjoy the country. (I know, it was a pretty intricate plan) There were a few places I wanted to see but I basically wanted to enjoy everything that was in between. Scotland is a magical place. It’s a place where you often find yourself lost in the moment. But I’ll stop now before I start sounding like a Disney sponsored post.

Glasgow

This was my first time traveling solo and Glasgow was the place that would first greet me to Scotland. It was a warm welcome indeed. It’s a beautifully, eclectic city. A mixture of stories and those waiting to be told. I was quickly immersed in the city but could not help but notice familiar scenes. Joggers running along the river. Kids playing int the park, Streets filled with people going on with their day. Stopping to listen to a musician that I heard passing by. It reminded me of home. Walking through Kelvingrove Park I had a moment where I saw myself living here. Who knows this may be one of those stories waiting to be told.

 

Food For Thought

  • Your curiosity outweighs your fear.
  • Don’t buy a can of soup when you don’t have a can opener.
  • A saved digital map can help you plan the next day.
  • Buy more than bread and cereal just incase you lose your credit card the first night. (This may be a tip just for me)
  • The internet isn’t all that important.
  • How to open up a can of soup with a box cutter.

 


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