Cliffs of Moher
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A moment at the Cliffs of Moher

I was four days into my solo trip in Dublin and Edinburgh and I had woken up really early to jump on a full tour bus to cross Ireland to see the Cliffs of Moher.

It was a long three hour drive on a full, loud tour bus with (too) many stops. My neck was sore and I was tired. As the scenery of Ireland passed by, I had a lot of time to think about some personal issues, to stress about work, review all of my uncertainties, wonder what I was doing with my life… All of the things that had been on my mind for months before and were part of why I needed this trip.

By the time we reached the cliffs, I was feeling frustrated, wound up and just over it. If you can believe it, I got off the bus and thought to myself, “Who cares. Just get it over with, look at the cliffs and check this off the list.” I just wanted to go through the motions like all of the other tourists and move on to the next stop. At that moment, I wasn’t excited about being there anymore.

So I climbed the steps, looked over at the cliffs and took photos (that I felt obligated to take – this also frustrated me). I was grumpy about not being able to get the right camera settings and could tell my exposure was off but no matter what I changed, it wasn’t getting better. I sighed and followed the crowd around O’Brien’s Tower, then decided to follow the trail across, through a gate and away from the crowd.

Suddenly, I found myself alone.

I found myself surrounded by vivid shades of blue, white, brown and green (so many greens!) in the bright, refreshing, post-rain sunshine. It only took a few seconds through that gate and suddenly I was surrounded by silence with only the sounds of the crashing waves to keep me company. All I could smell was the fresh, ocean air.

In that moment, I felt my shoulders relax. And suddenly I could breathe.

The trail beyond O'Brien's Tower

The trail beyond O’Brien’s Tower

Cliffs of Moher - O'Brien's Tower

Looking back from the quiet path towards O’Brien’s Tower. To the left and on the other set of cliffs were the crowds.

Another shot from further down the path

Another shot from further down the path

Path at the Cliffs of Moher

Path at the Cliffs of Moher. Complete with washed out sunny sky.

 

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