A trip of a lifetime, with even better people — By: Bridget Bartos
I have seen an immense amount of beauty during my five week tour of the UK. Multiple times throughout this trip, I have found myself at a loss for words.
When you see something that takes your breath away, like Ballintoy Harbour, Westminster Abbey, Sketch, The Queen’s University Rose Garden, and the National Gallery, it’s one of the top five best feelings in the world.
When you first see something so astonishing, your eyes instantly widen as if to take in the entirety of the view. They stay like this for a few moments, as your breath becomes more relaxed and in synch. You then just breathe, trying to soak in what’s in front of you. A wave of calm washes over you as you look upon whatever it is, and you get this distinct feeling in the back of your mind that you are meant to be here. You feel a connection to the place, or object, or person that is few and far between, and it is amazing.
I felt this the most in Ballintoy. I, not being a hiker or fan of heights, was so anxious about the journey ahead. The cliffs were bumpy and we made the poor decision of wearing Birkenstocks to make the (not actually) tremulous journey up the hill. After a lot of help from Trevor, Chris, and Emily, I found my way to the most beautiful place on earth. Reaching the top was satisfying and rewarding, and I am forever grateful for the friends I’ve made here that have encouraged me to do more than I could imagine (thank you everyone, seriously).