For the past 5 weeks my husband and I had been traveling abroad. During that whole time I did not check for information online and not a single email was typed by these hands. I traveled without technology and I didn’t miss it. Less than halfway through my trip I realized I had already forgotten my passwords for email and banking. If I don’t use it apparently I lose it.
Our journey began in New York where life thrives in the heat of traffic, constant car honking, sirens and people move between tall buildings that block most of the light from the sky above. With passersby that made little eye contact and even less friendly service at local establishments the New York I saw was both exhilarating and frustrating at the same time.
It is steeped in history and spoiled with grand places like The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square all of which will blow your mind. The lights of Broadway was something we couldn’t miss so we purchased tickets to see the show Jersey Boys and afterward walked back to our hotel with slice of pizza in our hand from an Italian pizza joint. There is so much to see and we had so little time but we do know that should we return areas like Soho, Chelsea and Greenwich Village might be more our speed.
Then it was on to the Queen Mary 2 ship leaving Brooklyn for Southampton, England. This part of our journey consisted of eating way more food than we needed and participating in onboard activities to occupy time. We saw a show at the Planetarium, watched performances at various venues, took in a couple of movies, (one of which I hated) and listened to bands. Most of the people were older than us but they know how to have a good time. The Queen Mary 2 is truly a beautiful ship and for our first cruise we set the bar high if we decide to cruise again. My reasons for picking the QM2 were personal and it fulfilled my dream.
We were picked up in Southampton by my Aunt and cousin which was so nice! I had not been back to England since I was nine years old and I was looking forward to seeing it through adult eyes. My Aunt did such a good job of welcoming us into her home and all the rest of the family did so too. I will talk more about my experience in England in my next post. The only technology used on that leg of our trip was a Sat Nav on loan from my cousin which turned out to be invaluable most of the time but quite often good old fashion signs saved the day.
My husband and I also managed to get to Edinburgh, Scotland. Our hotel was right below Edinburgh Castle and everything we needed was within walking distance. Taking a bus and train we squeezed in a visit with a dear friend and her awesome husband. She and he were a blast to travel around the City of Stirling with as she regaled me with Scotland’s history. Between good family and friends we were well taken care of on this trip.
So back to my offline comment. Life was simpler without that nagging feeling I should check this or respond to that. Nobody will ever miss my tweets or care if I updated my LinkedIn page. All those sites I normally felt inclined to follow never even entered my head once. I thought about this blog but that was really the only thing I thought would be useful from a sharing standpoint. I have already begun to unsubscribe from sites and will likely cleanse even more.
This trip taught me that there is nothing I do online that will ever match the excitement of walking hand in hand with my husband down a village road or sharing a meal with those I have the privilege of calling family.