Behold the Power of Intention!
Trip Start Aug 16, 2005
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Today has been absolutely fabulous, and I owe it all to trusting my intuition, and to 3 lovely Scottish gentlemen!
Ok, so remember Brian, Ryan and Daniel who I met when I first got to York? Well, I spent all day with them today at the horse races! Here's how it happened... Brian is here for the races, which lasted 3 days, today being the last day. He had mentioned that if I was still here on Thursday, he would be honored to pay my way and have me join them for the day. He couldn't give me his cell number, as I wrote before, because he couldn't remember it. I gave him my web address so he could email me, but I guess he couldn't read it and he didn't have computer access so he never contacted me. I worked out a just in case alternate plan for the day today, but decided to try my luck with finding them. I asked last night at the hostel where the races were and what time they started. I told the guy I was going to try to meet someone there and he asked if I knew which area he would be in. I said no and he warned me there were several different areas, and that I probably would not find my friend. I told him that I would take my chances at finding one person in five million. ; )
The races were set to start at 12:30, with entrance beginning at 12. I left the hostel around 11:30 (oh, by the way, I went to bed last night at 10:30 and slept till 11 this morning, even slept through everyone in my room getting up and ready, and the room being cleaned around me...) and got to the tracks at about 11:45. I remembered that Brian was taking the bus back to his campsite after our first meeting, so I speculated that he would be arriving by bus. I stood at a place outside the entrance where I could see in every direction, and commenced to watching. I think I stood there for about 45 minutes. It was an amazing fashion show! It was ladies' day, which means many of the women were dressed to the 9s. They had fancy hats and dresses that looked like something from an age long forgotten. There were feathers and chiffon everywhere! I was highly entertained. I had no doubt in my mind that I would meet up with my Scottish friends again, and kept the thought of meeting them in the forefront of my mind all morning (well, early afternoon by this time.)
Sure enough, as I stood there watching the parade of fancy people, along came my newest friends! I ran up to them and they were quite pleased and surprised to see me. They welcomed me to join them for the day. Brian paid my way in and was an absolute sweetheart all day. They had brought along a soccer ball (called football here), towels to sit on, snacks, and drinks. They shared it all with me. We spent the afternoon kicking around the ball, sitting and talking, and enjoying the day. The boys drew several pictures for me, and they each gave me a bracelet. They are like the Live Strong bracelets, but they are red and one says Princess and the other says Angel. It was decided that I was both and so should keep the bracelets. Those two are so sweet!
Brian asked each of us which horse we wanted to bet on each time, and he placed bets on all of our horses. We actually did quite well for the most part. For one race, we only chose 3 horses and they ended up being the top 3 placers! We were only placing tiny buts, but it was all fun just the same. I had an absolute blast spending the day with them. Such a lovely bunch!
After the races, we went to dinner at a Cbinese buffet restaurant. It's the place Brian was looking for when I met him. The food was so yummy! I ate a ton! Even got in some vegetables, which I have really been lacking lately. Brian again paid for my dinner. I can't believe this guy, so generous!
To make a great story even better, Brian lives in a town about halfway between Edinburgh and Glasgow. They are driving back tomorrow and offered me a ride. I imagine I will stay with them tomorrow night, and then find my way to Edinburgh on Saturday. Perhaps Brian will give me a ride? Let's put the power of intention to the test!
It's now nearly 9pm and I am at the lovely internet cafe. I'm going to miss this place, it's really cool. On the docket for tomorrow is pack up my stuff, go to the York Minster (the oldest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe), go to the York Art Museum, and then meet back up with Brian, Ryan, and Daniel at 2:15 and head for their hometown. There is a chance we'll go swimming before we head out. We'll see what happens.
The weather today was gorgeous, and sunscreen again saved me from getting burned. I'm still basking in the glow of Steiner, and enjoying every moment of life! I hope that everyone back home is doing well. I invite you step out of the ordinary and create your own local adventure today!
Lots of love,