Tuesday, April 26, 2011


"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T. S. Eliot
In just a few days, I'll be leaving Boston for two weeks. This doesn't seem like a big deal, and even as I type it and look at the sentence it seems so small - but it feels so big.
I haven't yet had the chance to travel much in my life. The only place outside the US I've ever been is Canada, and that was with my family when I was younger.
This is my first real, big adventure. 
I am so nervous, but so excited.
I realized how much I am going to miss my family, my friends, and my pets while I am gone. Instead of letting that realization feed the nervousness, I am trying to focus my attention on how lucky I am to have people and creatures who I will miss that much. 
I'm so excited for London, Madrid, and Paris.
Just as much (maybe even a little more?), I'm so excited to return to a summer in Boston with my friends.  
I probably won't be back on here until May 12th, but when I do return there will be soooo many photos and sketchbook pages!!
I hope you all have a beautiful two weeks, and I will see you soon!
Lots of love,


Fritzi Marie said...

Dearest Amanda,

YOU, my dear friend, are going to have the adventure of a lifetime. The first of many many fabulous trips. I can't wait to see your photo's and your sketchbook. I'll be thinking of you everyday and making wishes for your adventure to be magical. I am so excited and happy for you.


diane said...

wishing you a wondrous journey!

so excited to hear about your experiences.

traveling is so good for the soul.

lots of love from california...have a delightful time.


Ivy Black said...

You will have such a fantastic time! I might be a bit biased, but European cities are wonderful.xxx

cArLa said...

hello amandakins, have the best adventure, you'll have such a great time! i can't wait to see your sketches and photos too! xoxo

Kate said...

Bon Voyage!
Safe journeys and enjoy every second of it!

www.juliadenos.com said...

I'm so excited for you! Have a blast. Happy treasure hunting/sketching/Wills & Kate merch finding :) ! XOXO

lindsey said...

love the quote! and i agree with kat. you are going to have the most amazing adventure. cannot wait to see what you return with. safe travels.


Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Thank you, everyone! I can't wait to show you everything...I miss my blog and all of you. Xo

Jill said...

Amanda! My son said he had the time of his life there and you will too I am sure! Oh gosh I know with your artistic vision you come home so full of ideas! Have a wonderful time!!!

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

awww, thank you, Jill! I did have the best time!!!!