Photo Essay: Camino de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route), Bariloche, Argentina

Carpe Diem.  Two words written by the Roman poet, Horace.

Carpe Diem.  Two words that I first learned while watching Robin Williams stand on desks in Dead Poets’ Society.

Carpe Diem.  Two words that I pasted onto a cutout of a rock climber for my seventh grade English poster.

Carpe Diem.  Two words that pop up on social media newsfeeds next to YOLO hashtags.

Carpe Diem.  Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem.

Two words that we overuse.  A cliché.

Yet a cliché that has stood through the centuries.  A cliché we cling to, because of the hope it offers.  Hope that we can live a full, rich life by plucking every opportunity while it is ripe.  It’s this thought that helps us stop dreaming and start living.

So Carpe Diem are two words that I’ll hold on to, and words that I’ll now share with you in the form of some of my favourite travel quotes.  Accompanying these quotes are photos from my road trip with my friend Lauren through the Seven Lakes district by San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina.  I hope you enjoy them, and perhaps find your own source of inspiration in the words and images.