I traveled alone for no real purpose. I kind of just left. It was an experience and I still find it hard to believe that I did it, especially since I can’t go too long without talking to someone. I am a social person and I enjoy spending time with my friends and family the most. In Belfast I booked a tour to the Giant’s Causeway on a whim, I needed something to do and this fit the schedule. This post is meant to share the reflection of the tour and how things kind of, well just happen for a reason.
Just one of the amazing views.
Going back a few days prior to my tour I met Beth and Robert, the two nicest elderly couple I had been fortunate to sit next to during my flight to Ireland. Both of them loved to travel and were looking forward to enjoying all the country-side of Ireland. I was on my way to see Belfast before my month-long study program in Dublin. Beth was a sweetheart to say the least. She really made my flight an easy one. Once our flight lands and after a few hugs we went our separate ways. I’ll explain why this is relevant to this post a in just a second.
Stops along the way including the Ballycastle, Carrick a Rede Bridge, Glenarm, and Giant’s Causeway. All this would not be complete with a stop for some whiskey right? The tour includes a food/drink stop at Bushmills Distillery! The Giant’s Causeway was of course the main event of the trip, and it did not disappoint. The structures of the rocks look like a bunch of hexagons put together in only that one spot. It must be a geologist’s dream to see this.
As I was taking pictures and jumping around all the rocks like a kid in a jungle gym, I bumped into a familiar couple. Can you guess who it was? Yup, t was Beth and Robert, this time joined by their son and daughter-in-law. It was such a random event because while I stayed in Belfast for a couple of days, they had done some of their own traveling too. We could have gone on any other day, but it just happened to be the same one. I enjoyed catching up with them again and seeing how their trip was going. Before saying goodbye again, Beth gives me a hug and tells me to take in every moment and enjoy my life. She recites a quick little pray for both of us, which was so comforting, at this point in my loneliness I needed it.
I got a picture with Beth and Robert!
I began a hike to get a better view of the ocean. Now comes the reflection part, I reached the top and took some pictures, when it hit me, I just stood there and thought – about what, I’m not sure, it was a mixture of everything. I saw my Grandpa, I wished I could have said goodbye. I saw my parents and saw how much they have done for me and how much I missed them. I saw my girlfriend and pictured us at that point holding hands (yes, I’m sensitive soul, don’t judge.) I missed my brothers and all our crazy nonsense. I looked at my school work, at where I wanted to be in the future, at what I could have done better.
All this was going on in my head and the wind was blowing. I still can’t describe the thoughts that were going by, but all I can say is that I enjoyed it. This is where I really learned that I am a social traveler, as I mentioned earlier, I enjoy time with my friends. While I thank the solo trip for giving me time to think, I would rather travel with someone. I think way too much to myself to be alone. I almost have to talk to myself to feel some sort of relief before my head explodes. I love company and nothing would complete a great vacation better than traveling with someone who would enjoy just as much as I would.
Enjoying the sights!
All the chaotic thoughts amounted to one thing – everything happens for a reason.
I bumped into Beth and Robert for a reason, the prayer Beth recited is was what lead me to reflect on what I was already blessed with. So if you read this, I want to say thank you!
Where am I going with this? I don’t really know yet, but I feel like everyone should take the time to reflect and figure yourself out. You wont know what you can’t be without until you are really alone. I had no iPhone to bug, no Facebook to glue my eyes to, no text to distract me, it was just me, myself, and I.
Ahh… nothing beats the ocean
I’ll end this post on that note. I’ll post a review of the actual tour (I know, you’re dying to hear more about it) a little later this week, but for now I am satisfied. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it.
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