Tuesday, April 26, 2011

You Leave a Part of Yourself In Every City

You know how the saying goes: "I left my heart in San Francisco."

The same is true whenever you travel. You leave little bits and pieces of yourself in every place you go. It's hard not to--you get attached, you form relationships, you eat delicious, interesting or weird new foods that you can't get enough of, you do new things and you see places you've only ever seen pictures of previously.

I've definitely lefts parts of myself in every place I've visited. Croatia is lucky enough to have claimed my left foot next-to-pinky-toe toenail.

I bet you did not expect this post to go in the direction it just did.

Well, regardless of what you were expecting ("I left my heart in Croatia!"), I did, unfortunately, leave a more gross part of myself in Split, Croatia. Being the klutz that I am, I tend to not watch where I'm walking more often than I care to admit and then trip or fall over things just a little less often than not watching where I'm going (although, I will admit, the two go hand-in-hand).

So, Croatia wins this round. "How?" you might ask? On my way to dinner with three girl friends I walked into a chair. That's right: a chair. Once again I was not paying attention to where I was walking, and walked directly into the leg of a chair. At first I thought it was a standard stub-the-toe-and-wince kind of accident, only to look down and discover a less than enjoyable scene. Sucking it up, I told the girls we had to backtrack to my hostel so that I could perform emergency first-aid on my toe.

It wasn't pretty. It wasn't fun. But looking back, it makes for a good story.

My moral for you this time takes several forms, and you can decide which direction to take (kind of like those childhood books where you pick your own ending! So fun!): either wear close-toed shoes and continue to be clumsy, or begin to pay attention to where you place your feet so you can avoid the entire situation completely.

I'll be opting for the latter of the two in the future. I just can't give up my sandals!

Have you ever done something clumsy and literally left a part of yourself in a city?


  1. Gross! I hope you're not in a lot of pain. I can't imagine doing that, but it sounds like you've, once again, made the best of a not so nice situation. Kudos for sucking it up!

  2. Wow, what were you visiting Croatia for? I had the opportunity of traveling through Croatia on the way to Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is beautiful!

    I love your blog by the way. I am of the same mindset about life. I want to live it to the fullest and enjoy every moment.

  3. You know, I can handle most things, but injuries to nails make me cringe - it's probably because I do so much (computer programming, piano, guitar) where if my nails are not just the right length, I start noticing and it weirds me out.

    So yeah, ugh, no more nail stories, please.

    I actually haven't really traveled all that much, although I may have left my dignity in Baltimore after being talked into going to Otakon 2008.

  4. Owie! I haven't really had such an experience - well I probably have but when you are regularly clumsy as I am, you stop counting the number of times you run into stuff and immediately forget about it lol. Unless it's particularly embarassing (like the time I tripped and fell right in the middle of the cafeteria at school). I love the twist you took with this post though! Clever :)

  5. eek i hate all toe/foot related injuries. they literally make me cringe. i am super clumsy as well- and especially after a couple of drinks in me. i like to think of it as one of my more endearing qualities haha but cute post :) i'm definitely a new follower!!

  6. @Eileen - I'm no longer in a lot of pain, thankfully. The wonders of Advil!

    @A girl who dreams - I loved Croatia! I was just there for Easter weekend for a little vacation. It was wonderful. I meant to get to Mostar in Bosnia, but didn't have time. Oh well... just means another trip in my future!

    @PMC - I hope not to have any more foot related-nail stories... no promises... but I sure hope not haha

    @Kim - Thanks for the compliment! I, too, am quite clumsy and trip, fall and injure myself frequently... always good for a laugh in retrospect thankfully ;-)

    @Jessica - I hate them too! Welcome to Learning the World! I look forward to seeing you around :-D


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