Since September, I have been working for SmarterTravel and between adjusting to a new 9-5, doing some freelance photography on the side, and everything that pops up in between my blog might have been a little neglected in the second half of the year. But that's not bad news by any means. I am still traveling and photographing and it looks like the new year will hold a lot more of that, so I hope you'll stay tuned.
When I began working at ST, I had just booked a flight to Italy for a month that I knew I would have to give up. But since the airline couldn't refund me, I decided to change my itinerary instead and go somewhere for a week. So I decided to visit some of my study abroad friends in Madrid. It's been years since I'd seen them and they offered me their couches in Spain even while we were still tramping around in New Zealand. It was a fantastic trip in a country that was even more beautiful than I imagined it to be. The following photos are from my day-trip to Toledo with my friend Alvaro. (More on Madrid, Segovia, and all the other amazing Spanishness later).
Toledo might be the most impressive city I've seen. It's not as big as New York or Madrid, but it is old and feels incredibly whole. The entire city is a World Heritage Site and when you walk through the streets, it's impossible to disagree that every stone and bannister of the city is essential to Toledo's identity and deserves protection.
This photo of Toledo's famous cathedral was taken through the reflection pool. Although it might look like regular dirt and brambles sitting at the bottom, the natural-looking texture is actually carved into the stone.