Monthly Archives: September 2002

Fairy Castles and Waterfalls of Youth – Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

I had such a peaceful feeling in Skye. I wasn`t sure if it was the birdsong or the way the sun warmed my skin. I spent an entire day sitting in nature with an otter and various other animals that came by to say hello. I also met many great people while sitting at the castle in Kyleakin.

A great part of travelling is that you meet so many people that were strangers a minute ago but now you have shared a special moment by both experiencing the same thing for the very first time. Its a very read more

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Invitation – Isle of Skye, United Kingdom

Naked and blind
Curiously aware
Outstretched hand
Paint the stars with me
Stoke this fire
Four eternity can be found within its flames
Cast away the mask
Burst open the doors
Unleash the dam
Forgive me. I didn’t see you there

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Dream Awaken – Skye, United Kingdom

As a crisp white linen covers the bed, a calm of energy lies just above where we call ground. Each droplet of water is another chance at life.

The whispers of the trees can only be heard in silence. Only through the gentle grace of open hearts can we give voice to the mute.

Only then can we feel the song that is universal. The music that penetrates all barriers.

The visible smile is congruent with the light in their eyes, the bow of their head and the open palm. Pay attentio read more

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Taking a dip in Loch Ness – Inverness, United Kingdom

Last night I went to the Liquid Room with a bunch of people. I really couldn`t get into it until I closed my eyes and just danced. It was a good nite for the most part even though I was surrounded by people I didn`t know.

I got back to the hostel at 430am-ish and had a wonderful conversation with Gus until 830am when it was time to leave for the Highlands. I can`t believe how many people have been recommending that I go back up to the Highlands.

So I dragged myself to the back of t read more

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Playing in the Playground – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Today, we trekked up then down a volcano in the hot hot sun. It was as much fun as three girls could have on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Renee, Arianne, and I decided that a game in the playground down at the bottom would be fitting after such an excursion. We swung high our feet touching the sky.

We stretched our weary legs on the merry-go-round and taught a future photographer how to take her first pictures. There were some beautiful little scotch boys walking their puppy who literal read more

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Little Miss Backpacker – Edinburgh, United Kingdom

When I first arrived in Edinburgh, I wasn`t thrilled with it but this place really grows on you. Edinburgh has many hidden surprises which can only be discovered by exploring and sometimes getting lost. Which hey, I have almost mastered after Amsterdam.

The ghost tour was creepy even though I didn`t actually see any ghosts. The tales of Jekyll and Hyde as well as witch stories will keep you jumpy long after the sun has come up. Even in the daytime, there is a inconspicuous feeling of appre read more

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Take Time – Western Highlands, United Kingdom

Are we too busy to get lost in the landscapes of our world? When you pay for a scenic and historical tour of the Scotland Highlands with its Lochs and Glens and Hairy Coo`s but you spend most of the time on your cell phone, I think its a bad sign. When you hear about fences intricately made of stone without mortar which have become all but extinct to cheaper and easier wire fences. You try to take your picture but the power lines get in the way.

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Tea and TV – Ambleside, United Kingdom

I took a 30 minute train ride to Bangor where I waited another 2.5 hours for my bus. I have to say that I was glad that it was sunny and warm out or I just may not have made it. The bus turned up late but at least it turned up.

The first stop was Liverpool where I got a picture beside the yellow submarine and the went grocery shopping at M & S. The downtown area was quite busy so I was glad to leave as I am just starting to get my voice back and would rather not be exposed to any more ger read more

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Lost in Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

The train ride from Tralee to Dublin was long but I met some people who tried to feed me alcohol and chocolate. It was interesting. I cabbed to Ani`s house but was missing a 0 off the address so I was stuck in the middle of the night in some dark and deserted neighbourhood. I tried to get the cab to stay but he wouldn`t. The lady at the address that I went to by mistake was soooo nice and let me use her phone. Unfortunately Ani`s phone wasn`t working so I started to panic a little. The nice lady read more

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Caves and Farmhouses – CastleIsland, Ireland

It is with mixed feelings that I leave Castleisland today. I am off to Dublin and then back to Wales. I have nothing but fond memories of Ireland and as upset as I am about leaving my new Irish family, I am positive that I will be back very soon.

I met Joe`s best friend Sile and they helped me along on my studies of alcoholic beverages. I am now officially educated on the ins and outs of Irish drinking. We visited Crag Caves where stalagmites and stalactites number in the millions.

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