I have said more than once that I thought Scotland was a place to visit when I was old. Sure I saw Kirstin’s photos from her trip and thought they were beautiful but there are so many places to see and it seemed like Scotland could wait.
My roommate on this Galapagos cruise is Lorna from Edinburgh, she is a pharmacist at one of my favourite stores in the UK – Boots, but despite her employee discount that’s not why I why I want to go to Edinburgh.
Sometimes you meet people with such an incredible spirit you want to be a nicer person. Lorna is one of these people. As soon as I met her I knew we’d be friends.
She is well traveled and on the first day of meeting her she changed how I saw travel. While waiting at the airport she showed me two photobooks on her iPad, one of her and landmarks around the world and one of her and animals of the world.
Why don’t I have this?
Well I know why. Because I never take photos of myself. In some ways because I travel so much I forget the simple joy of seeing landmarks and animals.
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Going on a group tour and having to room with a stranger isn’t ideal. Having to room with someone on a boat’s close quarters can be really awkward but it wasn’t even 24 hours before Lorna felt like a good friend.
And I really needed that because this trip was full of couples and it could have easily gone in a lonely direction like it did at the Dead Sea.
But instead over the last seven days I have had a good friend to laugh with, take obligatory photos with and have a really good time taking very silly photos.
I meet a lot of people when I travel and when I say goodbye to some I know I will never see them again but with Lorna I know it is just see you later.