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Alessandra Rizzotti

I'm back from Australia. It was a week of exploring alone. I think that's necessary sometimes. Finding yourself in situations that you have to solve yourself. The biggest example was climbing up the highest peak of Morialto Falls when I really meant to go to the base of it instead. But realizing that going higher meant letting my heart beat faster and my muscles ache more. It also let me see the city of Adelaide from a bird's eye view, and when I came back down, I found my way into a cave. I haven't been in a cave since third grade. And, when I meditated in that cave, I let my breath slow down. That's what I've needed to do for a while now. I shouldn't have let a 8,741 mile trip be the reason to relax, but it was a catalyst for changing my frame of mind about how to move forward with my day to day.

I'm now urban exploring daily on walks. It has been my favorite form of stimulation since I've been back. Walking through Adelaide, going on buses and trains, made me see how possible it was to move in any city, even when the transportation is spotty.


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    • Jim

      Those photos are lovely, Alessandra. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tom Maybrier

      Leave home, indeed! I think it's awesome you did a solo trip - I think we really get a lot out of spending some time seeing what we are capable of by ourselves. It really gives you some perspective when you return to everyday life and the constant "together" modern life offers and sometimes requires.

      It's all about getting a sense of scale, sometimes and mountains and caves are perfect for that!

    • Tay

      I hope you enjoyed Australia! Most Americans that visit here in Perth (and the rest of Western Australia) often feel like it's a home away from home, where they don't feel pressured into a 24/7 lifestyle. As you've said, it's not just geographical exploration, but also exploration of yourself and remembering who you are.

      Sometimes society makes us forget that.

      On another note, it's good to know that I'm not the only one who enjoys urban exploring- you can learn so much more about your home city, and the way it works just by walking and "people watching" (when you're exhausted from walking)