Back in Carrboro and back to an old and familiar routine.

Although my days don’t quite look like these days did in Yangon, I’m glad I’m here with the ones I love and the comforts of home.

“Travel’s a fairly miserable business in which the journey is nothing but self-discovery is everything.” – Paul Theroux

While I’m happy being here for now, I’m already working on plans for the next trips. Up next –> I’m heading out West and going to explore more of this beautiful country I get to call home.

A change


The time has come to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new!

Over the next few days this little blog will be changing and I’ll be sharing a lot of new photos + videos + projects.

Hope you are having a happy Saturday! I’m currently sitting at a big wood table, in a big empty house with a dog and a cup of coffee. It’s going to be a good one.

Summer’s End

Here it is. . . The real end of summer.

It was certainly one grand, big summer and I cannot believe it’s all over now.

Here’s to a wild new semester and all that might happen in between!

“It’s funny how one summer can change everything. It must be something about the heat and the smell of chlorine, fresh-cut grass and honeysuckle, asphalt sizzling after late-day thunderstorms, the steam rising while everything drips around it. Something about long, lazy days and whirring air conditioners and bright plastic flip-flops from the drugstore thwacking down the street. Something about fall being so close, another year, another Christmas, another beginning. So much in one summer, stirring up like the storms that crest at the end of each day, blowing out all the heat and dirt to leave everything gasping and cool. Everyone can reach back to one summer and lay a finger to it, finding the exact point when everything changed. That summer was mine.” – Sarah Dessen

[Photos: Bits + pieces at the end of my summer. Davidson, North Carolina//Grace Farson]

A new start to a very familiar routine

I’m moving. I’m moving back to Chapel Hill today. I’m moving back to the place I actively chose to dislike all last year, the place I loved to hate.

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ” – Lewis Carroll

This time around, although it seems all too familiar, I’m going back to a new home, a new outlook and a new drive and ambition. Although it seems a bit dramatic to say I’ve changed some over the course of a summer, I think it is in part true. I do feel different. In a way, I feel a bit older, a bit more invested. Chapel HIll last year was rough to say the least. I didn’t feel like myself for far too long.

So, here I am. I’m going back and I’m going to try. . .

Here’s to new starts and the challenges ahead.

[Photos: Cars around Chapel Hill, April 2012 //Grace Farson]



My trusty Canon 450d and 28mm lens.

My new Canon 5d mark ii and 28 mm lens

The time has come to say a final goodbye to my first love – my Canon 450d, or, Louis, as he has affectionately been renamed.

A few weeks ago, I made the big, scary move to purchase a new camera. I’ve become so accustomed to everything with Louis, so the transition hasn’t been an easy one, but I’m so excited. The photos with the 5d are gorgeous, glowing and real, but no matter what, Louis will always be missed! [*note: Mr. 5d still needs a name. Suggestions?]

I realized just the other day that Louis,  has been through a lot more with me than any one person i know! He was there through all the long, impossible, and lonely train journeys in India, there when I couldn’t breathe on the Annapurna Circuit, and there when my sister Abby got married. Over the past four + years, we have been to India [2x], Western Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, Nepal, and Indonesia together.

. . . But, the time has come to say goodbye Louis and pass you along to someone who will love you and enjoy you [almost] as much as I have over the years! Abby, make me proud.

Here’s to the future, all the new photos, and to the past – the best few years of my life without a doubt!