Without knowing the background to this story, I am positive that you have been where I am today. A place that once held happy memories that then turned to painful experiences. A place you never wanted to visit again, but knew you must to create a new relationship with it. I am writing this on Tuesday, 30th of January, 2018. However, it is published today (Friday, 2nd of February 2018) because this is the day that I’ve always chosen to publish this blog. I’m sitting in a cafe in Edinburgh, my last day here.
Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to Switzerland. Terrified! This is my first time traveling there without someone to show me the way. This will be an adventure of healing. Navigating the trains, the mountains, the food, the culture. Landing in a place, I’ve been to only once before (Basel), then boarding a train the following day to Zermatt, which is where I am when this is going live.
Everyday is filled with doppelgangers of the one that opened my eyes to the world of travel distracting me everywhere I go. In preparation for this embarkation back to Switzerland I go with a clear intention of creating a relationship to this beautiful country. Exploring new places with courage, confidence, love and appreciation for life. Each individual that comes into our lives brings something special and unique. This is not always pleasant, but it is something special. Three of the pictures are from previous trips (UCI, stained glass, and in car), while the top and bottom images are from the first and second days in Zermatt. I’m excited to share more images from this trip.
Ever since I first visited Switzerland, I have wanted to explore Zermatt and Interlaken. Now is the time. I’ve done my best to prepare myself to show my dad around, and I’m confident it will be a fantastic trip. Two more nights in Zermatt will be filled with amazing skiing, food, and writing. Followed by two nights in Interlakken and two nights in Zurich. This time will fly by and I’m ready to embrace every moment. Keep my eyes open with an optimistic perspective for a bright future. I know that there will be much more meaningful writing that will errupt as this trip continues, and even more so when it comes to an end. At this very moment, I’m putting final touches on this post in the lounge of the Hotel Ambiance, while sipping on peppermint tea.
My message is simple this week: Live in the moment. Embracethe present. Heal from the past to enjoy the future. I’m feeling my connection with this wonderful country growing stronger. I am looking forward to sharing more of my adventure.
More images and pictoral story can be found on my Instagram account @coach_danh.