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flyingk8’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2007

Location: New York, USA

MapToday certainly wasn't meant to be a long day, but it turned out to be after I spent nearly an hour at the World Trade Centre Memorial Gallery. It is so moving. I can't begin to imagine the pain the thousands upon thousands of people effected by 9/11 must have felt, and the emotional scars that will be left with them for life.
This trip has been a dream for so long and one mum and I talked about and discussed every so often. I remember flying back from our trip to Europe after I finished school in 1998. I'd spent my 18th birthday in London and Dad had flown over from Switzerland. It was kind of weird us all being there, Mum, Dad, Paul & I, in London, to celebrate my 18th -but it will be a day I will remember forever. In the airport on the way home I bought a map of the world and I circled all the places I wanted to go on my round the world trip, which at the time was only a dream. Mum told me stories of her trip around the world in 1974. When I began planning the details of this trip last year I found that map and I've thought of it and those stories often. I am sure there are plenty more I never got to hear.
I've been thinking of mum often this week -probably as I have been to so many places and am feeling tired and a little home-sick. Whenever I go to a new place and see something amazing I think, 'Mum would love to see this/be here" and I wish I could just call her up and tell her all about it, but instead I trust that she's with me the whole way, watching me from above.
Going to the 9/11 Memorial Gallery today made me realise just how lucky Paul, I and all of my family were to spend as much time as we did with mum and tell her that we loved her before she passed away.
That's something we can all cherish forever.