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I can't remember the last time I felt so happy, so free. Most of these photographs were taken last August on a little island in the north sea called Sylt. It is so, so beautiful there. We rented bicycles one day and pedaled from one tip of the island to the other and I don't think I've been anywhere quite so wild and free. At one point, you can see the ocean on either side of you, and on stormy days, the water would churn in huge, frothy waves while the wind whipped salt at your skin.

I have heaps of photographs from my trip to Europe last summer that I've never shared. Last summer. How is that even possible? It's ridiculous how much I miss it; the dull ache of never really goes away. I guess that's the price you pay for having two homes.

Really, though, I can't complain about my life now. This summer has been very different in comparison to last year's. I've been having a hard time being content with staying at home this year, doing little things like cleaning my room and going to the grocery store, when I so very desperately want to be out doing big things. Having a restless soul is not always easy; it takes a great deal of self control to stay put. I've had that end-of-summer panic attack more that once now, that desperate feeling that takes hold when the start of school is closer than you care to realize and you're all oh my gosh, what have I done with this summer? 

But still, doing lots of little things is important too. And like I said, I really can't complain. I just saw a post on tumblr that said "Someone is happy with less than you have," and wow, that really hits home. It's so easy to get sucked into a mindset of self-centeredness. Traveling, too. Don't get me wrong, it's one of my greatest passions in life, but gosh, it just feel so self-serving sometimes! I have a dream to volunteer abroad for a few weeks/months, so I can satisfy my craving for travel but help people at the same time...ah, the travel bug. Once you catch it, you can never get rid of it...

Anyway, that's enough rambling. Hope you're having a splendid Monday. :)