cropped-10428162_10207259322227190_61719818083702433_oI’m Carmen. I’m taking chances while trying to figure out my life. Occasionally, I feel like I might have strayed a little too far off the beaten path to be taken seriously as an adult. But insecurities aside, I’m excited to share my travel stories.

I’m taking my inspiration for everything from this poem from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.