Wednesday,August 16, 2010
Uh... Hello World...
Ok, so this post is already off to a bizarre start. I didn't have to dig through any bags to get to a power adaptor, the computer charger just plugged straight into the wall. Novel concept.
These past few days I pretty much fell off the face of the earth, and I would probably still be sitting at World's End if I didn't acknowledge the fact that you all really deserve to know a: I'm still alive and b: we're at the conclusion of my blogging career (at least for now).
Of course, we had to go out with a bang right? Especially considering the fact that the flight over to Amsterdam was so eventful with volcanoes and ash, and a free vacation in Houston. Well, we got the same VIP treatment coming home except this time Mother Nature wasn't the bearer of disaster... that was pretty much left up to our airplane. It all started with the announcement that our 10:10 flight was going to leave an hour late because of "technical" difficulties on the aircraft. By the time we actually left Amsterdam five hours later (4 of those hours having been spent on the plane) I was beginning to worry we weren't actually going anywhere that day, and as much as I would have loved to stay in Europe a little longer... I was ready to see my Mommy and Daddy. Someone promised me that I could and that was all I was asking from life at that moment.
So, being back in the states has really reminded me of the things that I've missed about America, and after some hard thinking I've ranked my top three.
1. DRIVING! I'm like a 16 year old with a new license, "Mom, can I drive to the store?" I've only run a few errands, but after three months with no car the radio blaring with the windows rolled down is a beautiful thing.
2. Church. I so enjoyed getting to see everyone Sunday, and I hadn't had the time to stop and really think on how much I've missed the music and sermons! Seriously, I haven't been in a church for a purpose other than touring it in three months. It was good to come home.
3. Southern Hospitality! So, we were sitting in McAlister's after church Sunday, and it was getting busy, so mom and I got up to give our table to lady that was waiting. You know what? That doesn't happen in Europe, people get up when they're ready to get up and if you want to eat there you'll wait. It also feels nice to just be able to look people in the eye and smile as you pass them on the street.
I'm home, baby!
Wednesday,August 11, 2010
So, for now, I'm going to ignore the fact that I was in Scotland the last four days. Expect a debriefing on how amazing Edinburgh was soon! Fortunately (or in my present state of mind, unfortunately) that blog post will be made all the way from my couch in Mississippi!
Last night, Christin, Blake, James, and I made a frantic dash from the Charleroi airport in hopes of catching the last train out to Maastricht at 11:00. We made it with stealth like agility and found ourselves in Liege (Belgium) just after midnight where we took a taxi to Maastricht. We were home by 1:00 in the morning! This was lovely considering plan b was to spend yet another night in the airport. Instead, I got to sleep in a bed!
Today was devoted to packing, which happened very quickly considering I'm only traveling home with two thirds of the stuff I traveled over here with (including souvenirs, my painstaking rules on shopping really paid off). With a little ingenuity, I could ditch a bag if I really wanted to- but I don't.
So, Lindsay it's 18:30 the bus leaves at 3:30, what are you planning to do in the mean time? Answer: Youtube.
Christin and I have planned a feast of Pringles, stroop waffles, and Who's the Boss with perhaps a bit of swooning over my "Love Never Dies" soundtrack.
See you in the states!!! (Unless a certain volcano decides to act up)
Friday,August 6, 2010
The Luck of the Irish
Ireland is quite possibly the most beautiful country I've seen so fair with the exception of perhaps Switzerland. However, these countries are beautiful for entirely different reasons so it doesn't seem far to compare the two. Switzerland is a land of towering mountains over glistening pools of fresh blue water while Ireland is quite simply the purest land of rolling green hill, stone walls, and the softest "grass" you'll ever feel in your entire life. While we've been spending these past three days in Dublin, yesterday we headed on a bus tour, (aptly named the "Paddy Wagon," I know), across the island. I absolutely loved this, not only because it was hours upon hours of sheer driving but because we disappeared somewhere off the motorway into the countryside. We took the back roads through little villages with stone houses and thatched roof cottages. Let me tell you, Ireland looks exactly how you imagine it would.
Our ultimate destination was the Cliffs of Moher, apparently recently named one of the new 7 Wonders of the Natural World. Words cannot describe the beauty of this part of the world. The cliffs tower over the Atlantic Ocean and are located just south of Galway, one of the larger cities of Ireland. Of course, it was a windy, rainy day (hey, it's Ireland) but that didn't detract from anything at all.
The next highlight of Ireland is the literature! This morning I spent a good hour and a half at the Irish Writer's Museum (I wish I were here longer so I could have seen the James Joyce Museum and George Bernard Shaw birthplace). It gave a brief history of all of the amazing literary writers that were born here. I bet you've heard some of them.
Jonathan Swift : "Gulliver's Travels"
Bram Stoker: "Dracula"
Oscar Wilde: "The Picture of Dorian Grey" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"
W. B. Yates: a lot of poetry
James Joyce: "The Dubliners" and "Ulysses"
There are many more, but these are the most common knowledge I think. And of course, I couldn't go to a Writer's Museum without getting a book. After some deliberation I settled on a nice hardcover of Joyce's "Ulysses." This decision however may prove to be detrimental seeming that the book itself is over 1,000 pages in length. However, it is the ultimate Dublin tale, so... I argue I truly had no choice in the matter. ;)