This evening I ran to the store for a few things and pondered a bit about our time here. It has been a magical and grand adventure. When we arrived I was really nervous about navigating the city, even walking on the streets in the area we are living in.
Today I thought about how much freedom I now enjoy by being here. I really believe travel breeds freedom. It is a freedom from fear. I wouldn't say I'm prejudiced against people of different races or religions but I can't say I'm not affected by the stereotypes and stigmas that surround me at home. The first time I walked to the store, I was so nervous about all the different people passing me on the street. I was worried about my safety, though it wasn't really founded on anything valid, just I didn't know this place. I saw the stereotypes and not the people.
This evening I walked home a bit slower than usual and enjoyed the distinct smell of Ballards Lane. It is a bit like grilled chicken and tandoori spice. I enjoyed the varieties of languages and accents spoken by those who passed me. Tonight, I saw people, men and women going about their lives and doing their best to be the best people they can be. The fear I initially felt was gone, replaced by a genuine love for this place we have called home for the past three weeks.
In addition to those thoughts, selfishly, I have loved this trip. As a kid, I loved reading myths and legends, actually I still do. King Arthur was a favorite. In college, I spent at least two semesters studying early British literature. As I walk through these spaces, there is a palpable feeling of history and things greater than just me. I feel a connection to these places and these people. In part it is because they are a part of who I am, both through my studies and through my ancestral connection to this land. In just these past three weeks, I have grown in so many ways and I think our children have grown as well. Their world is larger and hopefully so is their understanding.
Tomorrow, we'll hop in a car and wind through the countryside to see more of this rich British History. In a week we'll take the ferry to Ireland where the next phase of our adventure begins. Off we go!
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