Last night, in New York, my Sister Tracy took me out to dinner at Fraunces Tavern. It is this little gem of a restaurant/museum where George Washington said goodbye to his troops. Not a bad place to say farewell to NYC, eh?
As I write this, I'm sitting at gate C102 at Newark airport waiting for my flight to Edinburgh. I'm also wondering if there will be a delay or gate change since there is a flight to Brussels which keeps lingering.
Ah, good. Edinburgh just popped up on the board. SCORE!*
I feel so official, sitting here at the airport on my laptop…I am, after all, a full time writer/artist now ;) I am LionArt Creations.
I'm all ready for the flight. I have a bunch of books and one Paul Gross movie on my iPad. Yes, you read that right…MY iPad. I know I said that I wasn't sure what I'd do with an iPad…but I was gifted one. Yup, I went from "I don't really know what I'd do with an iPad," to "Oh my God, I have an iPad." This is why I never say never anymore.
I got all my errands done (adding buying an iPad case to the list) and I feel completely prepared, yet have absolutely no expectations. Funny, right? I don't know how to go about this all any other way. I've approached every other Scotland trip that way and it hasn't led me wrong yet.
This will be posting after I connect to the internet in Edinburgh…so a bit of a time warp. Sorry for that. I had intended on writing one when I got into town, but then thought I'd go easy on myself. You might see me on Facebook though…from my new iPad… :D
I decided to post these photos from dinner last night and use my time at the gate to reflect, if I could, about the past few weeks…and the past 15 or so years. If that's possible.
Irish Cheese Plate
Bangers & Mash and Fish & Chips
Meeting Hall Benches at the Tables
What's Not to Like?
Candlelight Made Everything Glow
Lighting Over The Chef's Table
Different Rooms to Choose From
My mind is in a bit of a fog, to tell the truth…and I doubt that the jetlag will help. C'est la vie.
When I stop to think about all the changes I've gone through over the years…I almost don't recognise myself. However, I am there through it all. I was thinking in the car ride over here about how, in the beginning, I wasn't a traveler. I wasn't one until I traveled.
We need to experience and try things before we write them off as impossible. This whole part of my life wouldn't be happening if I hadn't shifted and changed and tried things over the years…taken risks and dared to imagine my life could be different. That my life could be MINE.
The biggest difference has been losing or pushing through the fear of failing or looking "stupid." Seriously…I used to panic over saying the wrong thing during a food order over the phone. It's these little things that can hold us back if we let them.
I used to meet people who were traveling for an extended period of time and think they were so cool and couldn't imagine that type of life…and now I am one of those people! SO my conclusion is that nothing is impossible. Sitting here and seeing the flight info posted…seeing where I'm about to board a plane to is proof of that.
I will most likely crash for a serious power nap as soon as I get his up on the web…so stay tuned for more!!!
It has begun!
*Our flight did end up having a gate change, but it didn't have much of an effect. I had a lovely chat with an Edinburgh local while we waited, so I didn't mind. Right now, I'm happily checked in to my hotel and about to take that nap. The sun is shining and I had a nice long walk through Holyrood Park with my new camera. I also ate a big breakfast with tea accompanied by my iPad.