fighting off the incredible anxiety over taking a trip...ALONE?
I never subjected anyone to the home movies, silly (only to me) travel stories, the hundreds of slides!
Since you're here, have a seat and a cuppa while I regale you with my trip to IRELAND.
oh, ok. Just a few stories and photos then...
It was a dark and dreary night.... No, really, I got there after the sun went down and it was raining. I was in unfamiliar territory looking for my B&B in a not-so-small city. On a Friday. When people love to go out and make traffic just to thwart solitary travelers.
After navigating dark, narrow streets past drivers who knew what they were doing and where they were going, I was a bit on edge when I arrived at my lodging. The lovely young man that greeted me and showed me my room (and the safest place to leave my rental car) was kind enough to share a bit about his hometown and gave me tips how I could spend the next day WALKING to various points of interest since I never wanted to get behind the wheel again.
The Giant's Causeway that I had come for could wait.
However, after a good night's sleep and a light breakfast, I felt a bit braver and decided to give it another go. I took take the Causeway Coastal Route and found myself arguing regularly with the satnav as it seemed to want to take me away from the ocean rather than alongside it.
My determination paid off. Eventually I saw this amazing site.
Just there, jutting up out of the sea, all by it's lonesome. I parked the rental car ON THE BEACH (the road did take me down there, I assumed others have done the same, although the beach was deserted this morning and I had no one to follow). Like a child, I ran along with the waves for a bit, watching my footprints disappear under the frothy fun. Unfortunately, the jitters hadn't completely left me and I started getting worried that the car would sink or a tide would come in too fast, so I cut my sea play short and attempted to get as little sand as possible in the car.
Back on my route, I immediately discovered that my exciting, architectural find could actually be seen up close AND I happen to be a member of the National Trust so my visit would be free!
Welcome to the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne.
|When traveling alone it is mandatory to take lots of self-portraits. Refuse any help, it's more fun this way.|
Reader's Digest version, right? I told you NOTHING about this site. See? I can do slide shows without boring you to death...
Feeling a bit more courageous, I actually turned the car around, drove back, found a place to pull off (not easy) and walked down a dangerous road just to get a good picture of this sign...
Good information to have, thought I may not be the only one who needed this advice. Thank goodness someone thought to put it on a sign just off the road for me.
Oh, and another sign, this one in Gaelic...
I didn't mind the strange looks I was getting from men on tractors or the pretty little leg blisters from the stinging nettles. It was worth it...
Awww, leaving already? I was just getting to the slides of the Giant's Causeway!
Maybe next time?