There are many reasons I love to travel. I love how it makes me feel apart of something larger than myself and constantly reminds me that regardless of looks, languages or traditions, we all have more in common with each other than we think. I was in Barcelona a year and a half ago and we were having dinner with a group of people. Some were our friends and some we had just met that night. Our friends spoke broken English but others in the group only spoke Catalan. I will tell you, it’s challenging to have a dinner conservation when neither you or the person sitting across from you speak each others language. At first, all I could do was smile at the older man sitting across from me. He smiled back and we sat awkwardly for a few minutes. He must have noticed that the menu had me perplexed because he leaned over, pointed to an item on my menu and gave me the thumbs up.. When the food came he smiled, I smiled and he gestured for me to try his paella and I did the same. We communicated with smiles and gestures for the rest of the evening and I felt like I knew him better than some people I had been in full-fledged conversations with in my own country. It dawned on me.. We all share some basic elements- love, fear, laughter, sadness, a thirst for interaction. The list goes on. Whenever I see dogs when I travel, I’m reminded of these common elements :). I’m obsessed with taking pictures of dogs I see wherever I go, so I’ll be posting pictures of them, as it reminds me of my journeys and of the commonalities that bind us all.