The last week has been one of ups and downs. As someone once said to me, travelling can be like accelerated learning; this statement feels very true to me right now. The latest blip is that I found myself with a flat tyre on my bike an hour and a half from where I’m staying with a phone battery that was almost drained. Google maps has become something that I rely upon, both to my benefit and detriment. I think it can be really helpful when we need to get places (e.g., job interviews), but I think it shouldn’t be something that we rely upon too much, because getting lost and making surprise discoveries can be the best part of travelling and being in new places. Anyhow, I found my way back and have plans to sort out the tyre tomorrow.
Visiting Glendaloch and driving around Wicklow was definitely a highlight of my week. Greenery was everywhere, and moss could even be found creeping onto the side of the road. I loved seeing so many animals grazing; there were lots of sheep with coloured bits of wool to identify who they belong to, a diverse range of cow breeds, and a few goats scattered around. The rain held off for most of the day, but the little bit that there was resulted in a full rainbow. I walked to the lake and then visited the monastic settlement from medieval times. All Saints’ Day just passed, so there were many flowers and offerings by the graves, making the scene both one of ancient history but also a solemn reminder of the souls of loved ones still mourned and celebrated.