One of the most important things about traveling, for me, is to remind myself to slow down, be more mindful of where I am, why I’m traveling, what I hope to get out of traveling. Sometimes I get caught up trying to cram in seeing as many sites as possible, since I know I only have a limited amount of time. But I think it’s so important to really stop and take a moment to observe where you are, to appreciate the details, to take a closer look. Aran is an extraordinarily complex place, both in landscape and in culture, and in order to fully appreciate it, it’s good if you can take your time. Whether this means staying for longer than a day, or if that’s not possible, to pause along your walk or bike ride to notice more about your surroundings, you’ll thank yourself.
Things I might have missed:
The yellow, finger-like seaweed on the beach in Kilronan…
Seaweed on Inishmore, Aran Islands
The Lego-block-like structure at the pier on Inishmaan….
Pier on Inishmaan, Aran Islands
The rough rust and glimpses of sunlight inside the Plassey wreck on Inisheer…
Inside the Plassey, Inisheer, Aran Islands
All the moist and buttery nooks and crannies in the home-baked brown bread that Alice made at the Dormer House…
Brown Bread, Inishmore, Aran Islands
A bright green shag carpet of moss, growing on the cliffs of Inishmaan,
Life on the cliffs, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
A clump of shells growing on yet another shell…
Shells on shells, Inishmaan, Aran Islands
And so much more.
Finding all these details filled me with an even greater sense of appreciation for all the little things that go into creating this:
View of Inishmore from Dun Aengus, Aran Islands
-Emily Herzlin – emilyherzlin.com