As Maydi Díaz walks…

‘Everywhere I went, the world was on my side’

I need some travel quotes, because what I saw in Maydi during our swing through Europe last week cannot be adequately captured with my words alone. I need the assistance of others.

“Traveling.”

Traveling? Oh. OK. That’s cool. Yes, I know, she loves to travel. But what about…

“I have a couple of jobs that give me the income and flexibility I need to take off every couple of months and visit different places, and that’s what I’ve decided to do.”

The wrestling for me ended when we walked the medieval streets of Koprivshtista, the central Bulgarian town that would be our first stop. Well, technically, we went first to Sofia, but the following morning we took the train to this truly magical outpost.

She had read of an early morning route, and sure enough, we rose at dawn, got ready and walked — a while — to the station. When the first attendant told her there was no such early morning route, that the first one would leave past noon, she ran, literally, to the bus station next door to check on that possibility, and ran back, literally, with greater desperation, when told there was no bus either, but that perhaps that one other service over there might be making the trip.

“These are the places where you can really capture the heart of a place,” she told me later.

“The essence,” I said, quizzingly.

“Yes. That’s the word. The essence.”

She walked Koprivshtista. She walked Plovdiv. She walked Sofia. In Ireland, She walked Galway. She walked Clifden, including the secluded Clifden Castle. In Northern Ireland, we drove hours to the remote coastal towns of Dunseverick and Bushmills to see and walk around two attractions she and two friends, Clarke and Blathnaid, wanted badly to codiscover: the stunning Dunluce Castle and the unbelievable Giant’s Causeway, which I think ought to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.

Unwinding at Java’s Bistro in Galway, where Maydi wrote the bulk of her Master’s thesis.

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