Check out part 1 of this photo essay here.
Last semester I had the opportunity to study abroad in Cardiff, which is the capital city of Wales, the eclectic and sheep-loving country that I now know and love. Although I knew that traveling internationally by myself to a country that I had never visited before (let alone studied a map of) would be a fascinating experience, I didn’t really prepare myself for the life changing experiences that materialized. Snapshots of beautiful and endearing experiences cycle like slideshows through my mind and it becomes exponentially difficult to truly comprehend the sheer magnitude of all the adventures I had and all the people that I had the honor of meeting.
During my Spring break my brother flew down to Cardiff so that we could launch one of the most exhilarating trips of my life. We decided on taking the Eurostar train from London to Paris, then fly to Marrakesh (a major city in Morocco), then fly all the way up to Copenhagen, Demark, where we would drive to Sweden, and then fly back to London where I would take the train back to Cardiff.
When I first decided to study abroad, I wanted to find a more interesting way to document my experiences as compared to the usual ‘let’s post over a thousand photos on Facebook’. I decided to use Instagram and the square format medium to allow people a quick peek into my story, where I had the opportunity of bearing witness to countless different cultures, ideologies and compelling individuals.
I’ve changed tremendously as a person since my trip ended and I am so grateful that I was able to experience all that I did. I see things from a different perspective and encounter life through a new lens. This new growth has prepared me for my future and I can’t thank my brother enough for all the adventures we had together.
Copenhagen, Denmark and Kalmar, Sweden
Photos and Words by Nicholas Perrone