For a long while, I wanted to travel through Eastern Europe.
Eastern Europe was a place that I’d never considered going. Then, I couldn’t imagine wandering through countries like the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia or Slovakia.
The woes of historic Communism, grave race issues, and assaults on specific demographics, why would I ever consider trekking through such places?
…..I was curious.
Since the release of the Communism and a gradual move towards an equalized society, the natural beauty within each of those places began their rebirth.
They saw growth and reverberation.
I found beauty in places that were once deemed grim.
I found graciousness, color, texture, and depth.
…much different than the expectations of drab, gray, gloomy
…much different than ugly micro-aggressions and eyes that sway from my person
I found warmth, appreciation, and welcome
I found a modern society with places that were familiar and calm.
There were similarities between them and me.
and a mouth
…sometimes a big mouth
Places that raised awareness and heighten my senses.
I’ve found Eastern Europe and a bounty of culture that isn’t found in a text book.
I found them and they discovered me.
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