“A Perfect Shot”

Absent minded and attention scattered, I sat on my bed, computer in front of me, a cup of tea in my left hand, and reached for my camera with my right.A� I thought that it would be a good idea to erase the over 900 photos that had piled up from August until present.A� Pressing buttons, I scrolled through the menu to find delete.A� Quickly, effortlessly, the small shiny black rectangle slipped from my fingers and splashed into my warm cup of tea.A� It was, unfortunately, aA�perfect shot.A�

Buying a new camera was not how I had envisioned spending money the day of leaving for Spain, and knowing that Europe is not the first choice in budget travel, I chose to take the waterlogged device with me.A� I hoped that it would forgive the two seconds of swimming and revive at some point within the next couple of days.A�A� I reasoned that until the camera did work, I would use my phone as an alternate.A�

Ia��m in the process of learning to a�?put things in perspective,a�? a�?it could be worse,a�? and the other clichA�d sayings that I repeat to myself when I am about ready to lose it to the Goda��s of Frustration, Worry, Annoyance, and other nuances of my character that I hide on first dates and job interviews.A�

Since the photos taken from my phone would be of less quality than the digital camera, I decided to use the phonea��s Polaroid app.A� I was happy to have discovered a free solution to the swimming camera dilemma and prided myself on my problem solving ability.

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But, as it says in The Bible, a�?Pride goeth before a fall.a�?A�

With only two days left in Barcelona, a friend living in the area took me out to see some Catalonian Countryside.A�A� Past cow pastures and frost covered fields, we drove winding roads into the hills.A� We walked through the 13th century town of Ruit, and meandered along a dirt path that ended in a vista of a canyon.A� Pep said it was no Yosemite Valley, and while I snapped Polaroid after Polaroid of the stunning scenery that included a waterfall, I repeated how in awe of the place I was.

Apparently, by the end of the daya��s adventures, my phone had had enough, and refused to take, or load any photos.A� All of the photos were gone.A� In an attempt to find the missing photos, I also inadvertently erased all of my contacts.A�

Kara: 0

Electronic Devices: 2A�

Commence more positivity talks.A�

A�The personal dialogue flowed to other creative ways to tell the stories of Barcelona and a conscious decision to be thankful that I was simply in Spain.A� I was in Spain! Spending time with new friends, exploring narrow streets, learning Catalan words, and just reveling in the experience of being young and traveling.A�

Some pictures from the first couple of days were saved, and between the pictures taken by friends, the situation didna��t turn out so bad.A�

A�Now off to buy a new cameraa��




  • Kara


    October 1st, 2013 12:03
  • Britt

    Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.

    Please let me know. Many thanks

    October 1st, 2013 2:30
  • Kara

    The weather was wonderful in January! Light jacket and even just a t-shirt during the day on some of the days. As long as it’s not raining. I don’t know degrees in celsius, but in Fahrenheit it was 60s.

    September 27th, 2012 7:12
  • Pao

    Great insights! How is the weather last January? I am also planning to visit Barcelona this coming January but I’m afraid that it’ll be too cold. Is it? 🙂

    September 25th, 2012 19:58
  • Kara

    Thanks so much:)

    January 24th, 2012 16:15
  • Pep

    Hey Kara! that’s a lively, colorful and refreshing blog! Good job! 🙂

    January 21st, 2012 23:37
  • Hilary

    How frustrating! If was fun to see the few pictures that made it. I hope your next adventure goes better.

    January 18th, 2012 1:45

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