I’m having trouble connecting my slice to Two Writing Teachers so I think this slice will just have to be my own experience. Although I follow other slicers and some follow me, it will be a different kind of experience this year – more intimate, as they say…..and I won’t be doing the commenting on other slicer’s writing like I usually try to do.
I arrived in Scotland yesterday. The ”before” part of this trip is that I signed up to go on a women’s retreat to Iona, Scotland in August of 2019. Two women that I know were organizing the trip and the goal was to gather 18-20 women and go on a retreat to Iona in March 2021. The women would be coming from different places but we were hoping to connect a bit before we all left on this adventure.
Then Covid came, and the lockdown, and zoom times took over the before-times and the organizers of the retreat suggested we wait a year – not abandon the trip but just put it off a year. So that happened. Some people dropped out of the trip – for all kinds of reasons but some of them for health concerns. New people who had been on a waiting list joined up.
We zoomed a bit over the course of the year. My original roommate was one who had to quit for health reasons and so I was assigned a new roommate, Jean. I was happy because I like her, but we both wondered if the trip would really happen.
Jean and I met together when Starbucks opened up after being locked down and sketched out some ideas for a little trip before the week in Iona. I felt so lucky to have been assigned a traveler who was interested in the same things I was and easy going about planning together. By last summer we both felt like the trip was going to become a reality and we began identifying hotels and flight days. We booked flights in November and then Omicron hit.
But I think by then we knew this retreat was going to go forward and we were just going to have to stay healthy, get boosted and tested and plan for a bit of craziness. We lucked out because the UK dropped the need for test before you fly. But finding a way to test before we returned to the US became a nightmare weekend of Googling and talking to other travelers.
We had a final zoom with the other women going on the trip on February 12th and I don’t think I really started to get excited until then. Now I’m here and the night long and day long travel bits to go from Seattle to Glasgow were not fun and I was exhausted but I felt proud that I made it.
Today was our first day totally in Glasgow and it was great. But now that I’ve caught myself up on writing the beginning of this journey, I need to go to bed. I’ll have to do more writing to catch up about today. But I’ll do that tomorrow.