Nolsoy: when things didn't go as planned
Hi! You might have noticed things are a mess over here and that I've linked you over from the tumblr anyway. I imported my blog over the weekend, worked on it a lot, switched templates a few times, cursed myself for doing so, but at least I'm having fun discovering how this works. I am still figuring things out and going back through old posts to make them look better with this site. I'm also hoping to get everything organized by regions to be a quick reference with a toolbar, dropdowns, and countries at the top. Like a real website! Like me, it is a work in progress. I'm not sure how long it will take, but it is a marathon, not a sprint, and I'll get there.
That said, I wanted to have a post published like I try to do every Monday, so here's a story of how I made new friends on Nolsoy. On Sunday, the day after I ran the half marathon, I woke up pretty late after having a late night, and kept debating what to do. Go hike the lake on Vagar, wander around Torshavn, take the bus to another town, hike to a nearby town, take the ferry to Nolsoy. Those were all of my options. That's a lot of options, I know.
It rained off and on all morning and I finally decided up taking the ferry to Nolsoy for a few hours, hiking around that small island, and then heading back on the ferry. I managed to find a break in the rain, walked into town (no bus on Sunday) and had a bite of lunch to eat before I bought my inexpensive round trip ferry ticket (about $8) and boarded it.
Upon boarding the ferry, I read a book on my kindle and studied the map of the village of Nolsoy, which I'd read had 240 residents. I saw there was a place called Maggie's cafe, which I figured would be an escape from the rain or a good place for a beer after my hike. The ferry took about 25/30 minutes, and it was raining quite heavily upon arrival. I decided to head to a cafe that looked like it was open and was closely followed by two women from the ferry. We arrived and she was just closing up for the day but pointed us in the direction of Maggies, which had just opened. Got it? One tiny village, two cafes, one opens when the other closes.
I stuck with the two women, who I chatted with along the way, and then slowed down a bit to their speed because we had a great rapport and they were so kind and friendly. AnnCharlott and Desiree were visiting from Stockholm and invited me to sit with them once we reached Maggie's. I am so glad they did. We may not have hiked Nolsoy that day, but we spent a wonderful afternoon chatting and learning all about each other over Faroese beers and shots of Fisk with the locals. I listened intently as AnnCharlott and Desi thoughtfully argued about Putin, politics, the EU (Faroe Islands are not in the EU), with a local man. As an American living in a very tumultuous political climate, I told them it was very interesting and refreshing to hear people disagree and discuss so peacefully. It gives me hope. It was an afternoon I will never forget and AnnCharlott managed to get the entire bar to empty for a photo in the rain.
We all sat together on the ferry (AC, Desi, and me) and they discussed their plans to visit Mykines and see the puffin colonies the next day. I was so honored to be asked and I had the best day with them so of course I accepted. Even though the rain changed my plans that day, I am so happy it did. It was a great reminder that being flexible can lead to a change of plans that are just one needs.