Debbie is currently studying magazine journalism at Syracuse University. She has lived in Israel, Costa Rica and the United States, and she loves to travel. On her blog, you'll find beautiful pictures from her travels and inspiring words.
When I was 16 years old, I signed up for a summer teen tour around Eastern Europe. I’ve always been so fascinated with former Communist nations and even though I was nervous about traveling halfway around the world with no friends, I was also ecstatic that I had been given this amazing opportunity.
Like most 16-year-olds, I didn’t know much about myself then. I was going through a rough period, where I felt sad and confused and very, very alone. All I wanted was to fit in.
Although I enjoyed every country and city I visited with my new friends (some that I still consider my best friends!), there was one city that completely stole my heart: Prague, with its cobblestone streets, colorful houses and stunning old buildings. I especially fell in love with what is known as the John Lennon wall, a mural covered in graffiti and words about love and freedom.
I felt elated and, for once, not alone. For the first time in years, I felt happy. The John Lennon wall taught me that life is beautiful and should never be taken for granted. It was a powerful moment.
If you ever visit Prague, make it a point to check out the John Lennon wall. I can promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Isn't this the perfect post for February, the month of love? Thank you Debbie!