My dad's visit to Nova Scotia this past weekend gave me a reason to see popular tourist destinations from a slightly different perspective. Although Nova Scotia is not my true home, it has definitely grown to feel like one, so I often take for granted the beauty and history that is around me.
Peggy's Cove, for example, is probably the most popular tourist destination in Nova Scotia. As you arrive, you are greeted by buses jam-packed full of tourists who have come from all over to see the famous lighthouse and impressive rocks. A sight that I have often unappreciated.
I've been to Peggy's Cove many a time, but during my most recent visit with my Dad and Tyson I decided to go into full-on tourist mode. I went a little buck wild with the picture taking - jumping from rock-to-rock, snapping away. And since I had already assumed the mindset of a foreigner, I didn't care if I looked like I should be wearing cargo shorts and a fanny pack.
There is a quote that goes, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." And I truly believe this is true.
The next time you're feeling a bit stir crazy but don't have the time for a "real" vacation, try visiting one of your local tourist attractions and pretend you're experiencing it for the first time. If you put yourself in the mindset of a tourist, you'll be amazed at the little things you'll notice that may have slipped by before.