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Travel Tips Tuesday
While this photo may not look like anything spectacular, it was a very special moment to me. As I looked around at the other people sharing our pod on the London Eye, I realized that all the warnings I received before we left were absolutely ridiculous. Before we left for our trip to England, Ireland and Scotland, people were continually telling us to be careful, don’t tell anyone you’re American, yada, yada, yada. But as I stood there, overcoming my fears, I realized that nobody cared who we were or where we were from. We were surrounded by people, each from a different culture. As we all stood together trapped hundreds of feet in the air stuck in a full glass death capsule, I realized that we were all there for the same reason – to have fun and experience an incredible journey through London, vertically. I was initially terrified, but was fine as long as I didn’t look up to see where we were going. There was also the mother who sat in the middle covering her eyes, completely terrified – no doubt talked into this by her family who were enjoying themselves and the view. My favorite group that was there with us was a bunch of middle eastern women, dressed in their traditional clothing. They were laughing and completely enjoying life, just as we all were. It all came to a beautiful end after we were back on the ground and in the gift shop. For as big as London is, and as big as the London Eye is, their gift shop is a closet that will only fit about 20 people – uncomfortably. As we were trying to get out of the claustrophobic box, that same group of middle eastern women was between us and the doorway. I said excuse me, but they didn’t understand me. I gently placed my hand on one of their shoulders and motioned if we could move past. She smiled at me with the most genuine, happy smile, laughed and stepped out of the way.
So, what is the point of this? Have an open mind. Everything we see on the news is hyped just to continue to build a wedge between different cultures. Get out, enjoy your time and get to know the people. We all have more in common than we do differences.
July 30, 2019 - Experience Something New!