TRAVELING BARISTA BEAR

Some of you might have noticed this little guy sneak his way into my travel photos. He was given to me shortly before I embarked on this journey, and has accompanied me to all the places I've visited along the way: Hannover, Berlin, Teufelsberg, Bad Belzig, Paris, Krakow, Salzburg, Reykjavik, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Ferropolis, Vienna, and now, his latest adventure to come, Moscow, where we will be reunited with the same kind and caring man who gave him to me.

It might've looked silly - a 22-year-old woman traveling with a little red Starbucks teddy bear and posing him for pictures at famous and sometimes seemingly random locations, plus the wear-and-tear of nine airplanes, over 20 bus/car/train rides, and three music festivals might be visible if you view the photos chronologically - but it was definitely worth it to look back at all the photos of the #travelingbaristabear. He's got a few more adventures to go before we head back stateside, so this won't be the last you see of him.

So here's to proving Tom Waits wrong (words I never thought I'd write): you can meet nice girls in coffee shops. It just might take a few years for everything to work out the way they were meant to...