Before I departed for this trip, I knew the key theme and perhaps, ultimately, the lesson, would be to trust both myself and the universe. My first night in Europe, sitting on a street corner at a pub in London, I met a girl with a message written on the inside of her left bicep, confirming my intuition was correct about the theme of this journey. Between sips of cider and enthusiastic conversation, I glanced over at the same moment Sabina lifted her arm to tuck her hair behind her neck, and saw a beautifully intricate tattoo of the word ‘Trust’. I was so thrilled with the synchronicity that I told her about the theme of the trip. Her reply was deeply validating: ‘ah yes, you must always trust.Everything is going to be alright!’ I feel both the gift and the challenge of trusting as I continue on well outside of my comfort zone.
switching topics, I have newfound respect and compassion for travelers and anyone who has to trek up cobblestone hills or miles of stairs with all their crap on their back. I had to have that compassion for myself today as I was completely worn out trying to find my hostel and finally arrived red-faced and sweating, desperate to get my pack off my shoulders. l arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland with a hangover and lack of sleep. I got lost multiple times, climbed several uneven hills unnecessarily, and got tripped up weaving through a crowd of drunk tourists but with perseverance and the reminder that ‘you are doing the best you can under the circumstances,’ I made it and promptly zonked out for a well- earned nap.
It has been raining on and off tonight and i am cozied up in the hostel lounge surrounded in interesting travelers from all over the world. I am aware that I am alone, but it is comforting to be around others who are also far from home. I have heard at least six languages being spoken as i write this entry. So cool! Next stop: pittenweem, a smallfishing village on the Fife Coast. I will be couchsurfing with a couple from New Zealand…and they happen to be blues dancers! Yay! 😀