“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�
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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��