Day 2: Sunday, May 27, 2007
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Sleep is a funny thing when Iâ€™m on a trip. Iâ€™m super tired at the end of the day, so I fall asleep in a flash, but the circumstances are so unusual and the schedule so unfamiliar, that at 5:45am I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to get my day started. I also really enjoy having all this free time in the morning without having to rush to get things done.
Today almost began with disaster. Running out of my room this morning I saw that the bus was gone! We were only 5 minutes late! I looked a bit further and saw that the bus was there, but stood closed with all the lights on at the end of the parking lot, ready to leave. I ran toward it and the door opened, taking in me and my folks who ran up after me. Thankfully our neighbors in the bus made the bus wait for us -- the tour guide was going to leave without us! Both me and my mom were upset for a while, but it ended wellâ€¦
Today was all about foodâ€¦ well, almost.
In between all these food tastings and shopping we went to an awesome place -- the Trapp Family Lodge -- this place is built by the hill where the first shots of the movie "The Sound of Music" were shot. It was so wonderful to be there on that hill, pretending I was Maria.
The mountains are so incredible here. They are always in the distance, as silent and detached observers that still somehow protect the area with their kind presence. Standing on the "Sound of Music" hill, I looked at them hoping to find some feeling of connection. "Itâ€™s all God", I thought, feeling their majestic presence and hoping to feel God. Then I put my camera into "extreme closeup" mode and took about 50 incredible flowers of the flowers in the area. My absolute favorite shot is of a leaf with raindrops sitting like perfect glass beads on the surface. The beauty of the vegetation in the area is just overwhelming.
Eat, Pray, Love has been a part of this trip to a greater degree than I realize. Even these journal entries have been affected. I finished reading "India" today, and before I went on to "Indonesia", I realized that this book is now officially my favorite book of all time. I am so thankful that Andrea recommended it to me. I feel so much more open to being myself, itâ€™s really changed me.