JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Happy Birthday, Milos!

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Today’s the day! Another year has gone by and it’s Milos’ birthday again! As usual, I put some time and effort into creating a special photo to post on his FB wall. I started the tradition in 2012 – when we were in our first year of being a couple. (To see previous years’ versions, just scroll down a little further in this post.)

At first, I wasn’t sure what kind of original idea I could come up with this year, but it suddenly hit me out of the blue…

Here we are working on a ship that is sailing through all these amazing cities, towns, and villages…. why not wish him happy birthday from “all around the world”? (Or at least a smaller condensed version of “the world.”)

I decided I would make signs that spelled out “Happy Birthday Milos” and take photos of myself holding the signs in all kinds of interesting destinations.

Sometimes I had to do my work “selfie-style,” as puzzled on-lookers wondered why on Earth I was taking so many selfies with the letter “M” in my hands. Other times, I had the help of kind strangers, or even guests from our own ship when it came to my special covert mission.

The final version was made up of photos from:
Bratislava, Slovakia – taken from the castle, with the iconic bridge in the back
Budapest, Hungary – taken from Fisherman’s Bastion with Parliament below
Würzburg, Germany – on the famous Old Main Bridge
Vienna, Austria – taken in Stephansplatz with the cathedral in the back
Regensburg, Germany – in front of the majestic cathedral
Miltenberg, Germany – in the middle of the town square
Rothenburg, Germany – at the famous Plönlein intersection
Weissenkirchen, Austria – taken during the Wachau Valley cycling excursion – about to embark on the ferry to cross the Danube


Here – have a look at the final result!





(As you can see, we’ve been in Germany a lot! Haha! By the time I remembered to take a pic in Amsterdam, it was too late, and we wouldn’t be back again. But it would have lent itself nicely to more variety as far as the countries being represented.)

I tried to pick places that were well-known popular destinations, or ones of special interest.

Of course, I also had photos that just didn’t work out – not because they weren’t in cool places, but because I knew the letters wouldn’t be legible once edited into one large photo.  (They were taken at distances too far for the letters too read within the context of the finished result.  Or some just didn’t line up right.  Or the lighting was off.)

All in all, I think it turned out to be a successful little birthday photo project! The biggest challenge will be coming up with something new and different each year.


Here are the pics from the last three years, followed by some of the “out-takes” that didn’t make it to this year’s photo.  Enjoy!


And the out-takes….




Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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