38 A Purifying Adventure – Blasket Islands, Ireland

January 23, 2024

We love going to places to ‘disconnect’, places away from the hustle and bustle of this crazy life. But our experience on Blasket Island takes the prize for all the disconnection-connection it provoked in us.

🤔I had heard that many writers, people searching for reflection, and individuals eager for introspection would come to these islands, and that’s when the idea of visiting them got stuck in my mind. I don’t think I fully grasped the experience until we reached the meeting point to embark on our adventure. A small boat awaited us to take us to the island, and that’s when the great adventure began. As soon as we arrived, the Irish weather welcomed us with its light but constant rain and a very cloudy atmosphere. Honestly, I felt a bit nervous on the boat, and when we moved away and saw that we had already separated from the mainland, my stomach felt a lot of nerves.

😱Arriving on the island was very beautiful. It dawned on us that there was only one habitable house on the island where we would stay. There were only six people, including the two in charge of caring for the island. Suddenly, time began to pass at a different speed; seconds turned into e-t-e-r-n-i-t-y. Obviously, there was not even the slightest signal of a mobile phone or internet, no television. It was just us and our thoughts, feelings, demons, and silences. Some books were available, but it was one of the few times I couldn’t read. It was as if something urged me to free myself, and my brain wouldn’t accept any more information. I went through all the emotional phases; anxiety kicked in, I got mad, cried, laughed, and, as always, my partner there flowing, ready to hug me at any moment.

👫🏽We explored the island on foot, and the feeling was striking. At first, it was a desolation, but then it became a wonderful solitude. On one of our walks, we heard strange noises and suddenly came across a beautiful gift: a bunch of seals. It was breathtaking. We sat to listen to them and watch them until the rain signalled us to return to our shelter. I cherish many beautiful images of this island in my memory, but what fascinated me the most were the nights. The number of stars we could see was simply stunning. The sounds of peace and that aroma of wet earth mixed with the sea breeze created a heavenly combination.

As the days passed, I gradually let go of my ever-present need to control everything, and the island and my partner embraced me to release what was no longer necessary to carry, thus concluding this very interesting experience.

These islands were inhabited many years ago; today, they exist solely for tourism. Fortunately, there are books that share fascinating stories about the life this beautiful island once had.

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