Happy Friday, everyone! I hope that your work week went by as quickly as mine did. With the website launch and some other exciting stuff we’ve had in the works, I can’t believe it’s Friday already.
Welcome to Three Things I’m Loving Lately, a weekly post where I will share with you two international or travel-related things that have caught my attention this week as well as one thing I’m enjoying from life on the home front. This effort was inspired by my dear friend Charlotte over at Stay Great, My Girl, who frequently posts a “Friday Five” of things she loves. I hope she doesn’t mind me steal— I mean, using the format as inspiration!
So now, without further adieu, these are the things I’m loving lately:
1.) The PyeongChang Olympics
It’s the obvious first choice this week; what exemplifies global goodwill and the celebration of the human spirit more than the Olympic Games? I wouldn’t say that I am someone who lives for the Olympics and passionately follows specific events, but I do love the pomp and excitement and have had NBC’s coverage on in the background quite a bit this week. Unsurprisingly, my favorite part is the opening ceremony, with its spectacle of culture and music and the colorful parade of nations. I love seeing how each country dresses its athletes and watching the excitement in their faces as they proudly represent their homelands on the world stage. I can’t imagine how it must feel to achieve such an incredible goal.
2.) This article from Nomadic Matt on the privilege of travel
The understanding and acknowledgment of your own privilege can be tricky and uncomfortable, especially when it comes to travel. As a white, middle class American woman, I am keenly aware of the preconceived notions, expectations, or stereotypes I may encounter when outside my own country. (Heck, as a white, middle class woman from the Philadelphia area, I am keenly aware of the preconceived notions, expectations, or stereotypes I may encounter when outside my own state.) In this article, Nomadic Matt thoughtfully and sensitively explores how fortunate each of us is to be able to travel and what it means to visit some of the more impoverished corners of the world, regardless of our individual background.
My favorite part was his closing, quoted below:
“I encourage you to seek out destinations that make you rethink your life; to find organizations that help others and the environment when you travel; to get off the tourist trail, expand your mind, open your heart, and, as Gandhi said, be the change we wish to see in the world.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the article and the topic in general in the comments. Is this something that resonates with you?
3.) The aftermath of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.
I know. I’ve lost half of you, never to return. I promise this won’t be my favorite thing every week (though it could be!), but I have to acknowledge how fun, exciting, and emotional it has been to experience this victory with the city of Philadelphia and the Eagles’ devoted, long-suffering fans. There was something so special about this team and this season, and it was truly a joy (after the heart-attack-inducing anxiety of the game itself, that is) to be in Philadelphia for the game and to celebrate afterward on Broad Street with fellow fans. There was a multigenerational, emotional impact to this victory that cannot be overstated, and I just couldn’t be happier for the team, the city, and everyone who waited so long for this moment.
(It also helps that M has been on cloud nine for almost two weeks at this point.)
To read a much more eloquent and impassioned account of what this victory means to one Eagles fan, check out Charlotte’s excellent post here. I dare you not to tear up at the end.
Thanks for joining me! Have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll see you next week!
What have you been loving lately?
Are you watching the Olympics? Any favorite moments so far?