I love Venice and will come up with absolutely any excuse to go. So this February I had the most wondrous excuse to meet two go-getter women in Venice to make a plan for their beautiful creative businesses.
I was super excited, packed my bags, bought special gifts and dreamt of all the wonderful things I would see and do with them in Venice.
When I arrived at the airport there was just one hitch. No suitcase. Being a paranoid photographer I had everything I needed for our meetings in my backpack but my clothes, gifts and packs of polaroid were lost somewhere between Paris and Venice.
My heart sank, I spent almost an hour at the lost and found luggage desk anxing over whether my bag would ever turn up and what did this mean.
Eventually I got out of the airport and decided to do something I do whenever I feel down, I asked myself what good could come of this, what could I learn, how could this negative become a positive?
So I started making a list of positives, I no longer had the bag to deal with which meant I was super mobile with my little backpack, so I decided to gift myself the whole afternoon and walk to San Marco from the train station just like I did on my first trip when I was 21.
It took all of two seconds in Venice, looking down a small alley, glancing in the pastry shop windows which were exactly the way they were 30 years ago. I no longer cared about my bag, I felt young and free and the most fortunate girl in the world to be in this marvellous place WITHOUT my suitcase. I decided to mess around and take some photos expressing the wonder and marvel I felt the first time I arrived in Venice full of wonder.
I walked, I stalked and only took photos on long exposures for absolutely no reason but the pure joy of being in Venice without a suitcase, free as a bird for an afternoon and the wonder of this magical place before my eyes.
I thanked the folks at Easyjet for sending my bag to Air France with no ticket, less stuff means more freedom.
My bag turned up the night before I left, just in time to give the ladies I was with my little gift and take it back to Paris.
So thanks to a lost bag I had a wonderful experience. A slow meander through Venice letting time tick by without the feeling of rushing, being productive or having a goal.
Here are a couple of tips to turn a negative into a positive.
- Keep it in perspective
- Do the necessary and then ask yourself what good could come from this?
- What could you learn?
- Give yourself a period of time and change your state
- Throw on your favourite music (use a headset if it might be embarrassing) and feel how your mood changes.
Sending you good travel vibes
PS: If you love travel and would like to up-level your travel photography you may like to join me in Puglia this June 2017. All details here.