“Wherever the ocean meets the sky, there will be memories of you and I.
When I look up at that sky so blue, all I see are visions of you.”
I have been doing some spring cleaning both at home and online. I was browsing through some old emails that I had completely forgotten they were still there.
I found one that literally moved me to tears. It was written by someone very special to me and whom I lost a decade a go to an illness that I will never know or understand (Cancer). He left us far too soon at a young age (30).
Cristiano was simply one of a kind. He brought light, love, joy and laughter into my life. We were separated by an ocean but yet so close in soul and spirit.
Easter Sunday this year coincided with his anniversary. He was in my mind the entire day. I know deep in my heart that he is in a better place and perhaps looking after me & my adventures.
He was also one amazing writer, story-teller and his own travel tales were simply unbelievable.
I decided to share one of his last essays with you as a way of honoring his memory. His emails were literally a foot long and just made go through a roller-coaster of emotions!
This is quite an emotional release and I guess I can close a cycle and move on. Though I know in my heart, mind and soul he will always remain…
I had promised you to tell you all about my Scottish trip….well I didn’t forget…..in fact…here you are!
I had only a thing in my mind…the island of Skye. So I went out, hired a car and left. The right hand drive is quite a challenge but when all’s said and done, it is easy!
I was entering in the real Scotland as I passed the first Stirling with his castle; this is the place where Robert Wallace (Mel Gibson in Brave Heart) was put to death. A high tower, the Wallace monument was built in his memory (that is a whole other story).
The more you rush trough the North, the more nature wins its struggle against human colonization. Imagine green hills surrounded by lakes and rivers. It seems as if one goes back to the past. Seeing something like that is so unique.
I passed Loch Lomond. Loch means lake in Scottish. It is so still that the image of the things that are around is reflected just like a mirror. It’s an incredible optical effect! There are huge wooded areas with firs and beeches around this dark lake.
Along the road there’s Ben Nevis too! It’s the highest mountain of the UK standing at 1344 meters above sea level. They call it mountain when it’s rather a high hill. After reaching Fort William, I left every sign of civilization. From this point on I had crossed roads which became narrower and narrower. Roads with one line and small areas where you stop to allow the car coming from the opposite direction to pass.
I crossed villages that seem to have been forgotten. There were only three houses, a pub and the post office. Every turn reserved a surprise.
Had I had more time, I would have stopped continuously but it was late and I had to reach my B&B in Dornie.
I left Loch Lochy and Loch Garry behind me. It was incredible seeing these huge free spaces where the time seems to come to a stop.
Between the straits that slip through the sweet hills, the few farms and your sight is lost above the horizon.
Finally, after five hours of restless driving I reached my final destination,
Eilean Donan Castle.
It’s the most famous castle of Scotland which was built on a spot of land in the middle of the fjord and it’s linked to the land by a stone bridge. It is simply breathtaking!
Luckily, my settlement for the night was right in front of the castle! I could open the window of my room and stare at it. The ultimate dream come true.
The next morning I took the ferry to the island and in front of me was this…ocean, sky and sea gulls, then the island of Skye….Sky in Gaelic means clouds and ye stands for island, the misty island where the rocks are missing and there’s a fine and white sand. It’s one of the best places I have ever seen!
The island itself is impressive. I wandered in every spot of the island and spent an unforgettable day.
Wish you were here with me. I miss you.
P.S: I hope you visit Scotland one day and see what I’ve seen.
Have you been there? Would you go after reading this description?