I don't mean to get all DEEP or anything. But we were there for so long, and had so much happen, that it really has taken us this long to process it all. I will admit, sometimes thinking back on it, hey, even doing Europe at the time, was completely overwhelming.
So much to see.
So much travel and decision making.
So much driving (over 5300 km on the mainland alone. HELLO.)
So many new friends made.
We Blue Lilies have been back from Europe several months now. Tonight I brought out the ol' British Isles hard drive and took a peek in.
I was amazed. We did those things! We experienced that! How blessed.
I was almost afraid to look, I think. What if our images didn't do the memories justice? What if looking back changed my perceptions of how we grew as a family, or personally? I'm trying so hard to write down the thoughts in my head about the trip. And it's really quite impossible. The trip was so MUCH. That might not make sense, but it works here. It was just… a lot. Most of it, we loved. Very few parts were unloved.
My greatest thought that I can share about taking a trip like this, is that one should be ready to stretch and grow and watch your travel companions do the same. Being out of your element, your culture, your daily routine…. it can't help but change you. I saw the kids go through periods of real reliance on each other, and periods of strong self-discovery. Even Tyler and I learned to work together in ways we hadn't before, problem solving, but maybe also, we learned to stand apart a little more too.
That doesn't even make sense.
But alas, those are my thoughts as I flip through the images, and sort out the memories and feelings, and whether or not they make sense, there they are.
We will start by sharing Ireland and England, not just because we started off our tour of Europe there, but also because this was the "innocent" part of the trip. The part before all the logistics and planning and more "headachy" parts of the mainland trip started, the part where nobody was sick, everyone was still on a high, ready to conquer the continent. Oh, and the part of the trip where we were completely spoiled rotten by Rebecca's family and Una's family. :)
The Cliffs of Moher. Seen by us Bluelilies on a windy, "warm" Irish day. Quite a sight; in fact, you've seen these cliffs before if you've ever watched The Princess Bride.
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