A few weeks ago, I walked through the door of an Indian Restaurant in New York City, to a dinner that would change my life forever.

Back in 2009, when I walked out of the courtroom where a judge had pronounced that I was officially divorced, I couldn’t know that my plan to finally pursue a career in travel writing would take me to places I’d never even dreamt of and a few places I’d been longing for all of my life. I’ve walked through hotel doors, temple doors, doors to caves and doors to countless homes of locals who have treated me with a love and warmth I never expected.

A few days ago, I walked through these doors into an apartment in Kreuzberg and began a journey that will last all month, in which I will travel from Berlin to Istanbul, Marseilles, Cannes and Paris for House Trip.

Doors seem to always be playing some kind of role in my beautiful but slightly unusual life. I’m excited to see all of the different doors I will walk through this month as I spend time “living like a local”, or #HouseTripping — for the European apartment rental company, HouseTrip.

I’m always in search of home and even though I think I’ve finally found what I was looking for — I’m going to spend a little time before I settle in, indulging that wanderlust that has been driving me like a madwoman since I walked through courtroom doors in 2009.

Every door represents an opportunity in my opinion, the chance for my life to change yet again for the better. Here’s to the moments that can change our lives forever and the doors we choose to adventure through…

HouseTrip provided my wonderful apartment in Berlin and is paying me a fee for the #Housetripping project. However, all views and opinions in this post are my own. As is the above photo, taken with an iPhone 4S. For more photos from the trip, follow me on Instagram or chase the #Housetripping hashtag online.

  • March 10, 2013

    Absolutely agree!
    We don’t know how each will inevitably affect us but each door is an opportunity. I have been taking so many photos of doors lately around Germany they seem so unique to me for some reason. Your post made me reflect on how many different doors I have had the opportunity to walk through as well whether to be welcomed like family by new friends or to settle in for awhile on my own. Really enjoy your perspective, and your graffiti door!

    • March 11, 2013

      Thank you so much Crystal! I’m really really glad that you like the post, it resonates with you and I’d love to see some of your door photos too.

  • March 10, 2013

    Exactly! Every door represents an opportunity. Can’t wait to discuss the doors you’ve been walking through lately.

    • March 10, 2013

      Thought of you two when I wrote this. Definitely so much like what you two alway say. And yes, we’re overdue for a catch up about this and more!!!

  • March 10, 2013

    I’m so happy for you and this next segment of your adventures 🙂 can’t wait to read about your HouseTripping!

    • March 10, 2013

      Thanks!!! So much has happened for me since that conversation in the pub before you left. Wish I could share it all face to face!
      So far, loved Berlin. And loving Istanbul.

  • March 10, 2013

    That is one hell of a door in that photo. I’m curious what the result was of that dinner you mentioned that changed your life forever… Your time with House Trip sounds wonderful–a great way to live like a local in some amazing destinations.

    • March 11, 2013

      It’s definitely quite a door indeed. Very imposing but also cool. Loved it immediately. As for the dinner….you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out! And my project with HouseTrip is definitely a great way to see so many wonderful European cities.

  • March 10, 2013

    LOVE the door! When will you be in Paris and Montreal? I’ll be in Paris in mid-April and Montreal for Memorial Day weekend.

    • March 11, 2013

      Glad you like the door!! I’ll be in Paris end of March and Montreal just before TBEX in Toronto.

  • March 12, 2013

    awwww great post! I tend to have that weird obsession with bridges rather then doors

    • March 13, 2013

      I’m so glad you liked this post. Thank you!! And what a cool obsession. Bridges are a good metaphor too. And there are so many beautiful bridges all around the world.

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