Wonderlust – Niagara Falls

As a natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls has been on my bucket list for a very long time so when visiting New York, a place only 450 miles away, I just had to go! 450 many sound a lot, but considering from London to the Falls its 3,560 miles, I think 450 is definitely worth it!

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After a 9 hour train journey we finally arrived at our hotel; the Sheraton. It was a 5 minute walk from the American side of the Falls. The first thing we did was the Maid of the Mist boat ride which is an ESSENTIAL! Once suited up in your ponchos (which made the experience even better), you hop onto the big boat which takes you up close the falls. The fact that it was raining at the time, made it even better.

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We finished the day by getting a great view of the falls on the observation deck, and walking along to the Cave of the Winds. Despite what you may think, there is actually no proper cave behind the falls(which I thought there was!). You just get to walk right up close to the falls and experience the water falling on you at high speed, which I will admitt, I found extremely cool.

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The next day we walked across the rainbow bridge to Canada. All you do is walk through a gate and present your documents (passport ect…) at the Canadian side and then your in Canada! It was so easily done as millions of tourists every year make the same journey to enjoy the falls in Canada. I personally think the views were much better on that side, and there were lots more tourist shops as well, perfect for buying those necessary fridge magnets and gifts.

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The first place we went to was Clifton Hill, a tourist area with mini golf and even a ferris wheel 175 feet above the falls – giving the best views. There were multiple sweet shops and an arcade that you just can’t resist!IMG_4945

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This day was much hotter and with the sun shining, we could even see a rainbow over the falls. Just sitting on the grass watching the world go by with the relaxing sound of the water falling, was definitely a highlight.

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This was definitely a must see part to my USA holiday. So, why aren’t you booking your tickets to the Falls yet?

Amelia

Just thinking…

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Simply the sheer concept of love scares me…being so devoted to another that your thoughts and actions are characterised by their presence. How can an individual have such a hold over another persons experiences? Their thoughts when they are alone, their hopes and dreams, even something as simple as their attitude towards the day…determined by another.

Although I believe that I have never experienced love itself, the slight glimpses that I have achieved have been enough for me to become terrified of the concept. The lack of control you begin to have over your thoughts. Paired with your feelings of intense confusion when you see their face, not knowing how to explain the complex emotions that their presence ignites.

These all show the terrifying feature of falling in love. Adequately named as such as you are in a free fall with an unknown destination. No telling where or when you will land and if there will be someone there to catch you when it happens. The alternative, of falling without someone there to catch you amplifies the emotional distress that a person goes through when their feelings are not replicated.

I can’t even begin to comprehend how this must feel. The media try to explain it through songs and movies, everyone trying to make sense of the experience, and everyone interpreting it in their own way. Although this just enhances the level of confusion. Not knowing whose explanation is the real deal, and those that show what you wish to see.

I guess until you experience it yourself you cannot offer an opinion – making it even harder to comprehend. Some people search their entire lives for their “one true love” whilst others dismiss the concept and focus on individual happiness as a means to salvation.

Although, those who chose the latter option cannot pretend that they didn’t wish for love. They can’t tell their teenage selves that it is never going to happen. Teenagers live their lives so filled with controversy and new experiences. Heightened by emotions and the sense of a newly found autonomy, the idea of love fascinates them. Again, heightened by the media, this feeling for a sense of higher happiness where you can share life’s moments with another, creates an area in our minds where uncertainty and chaos thrive.

Fuelled by our child-like imaginations that have yet to desert us, this is a place for our wildest dreams to become reality in scenarios we build ourselves. And amongst that place of inexplicable joy, i’m scared.

Scared for what is to come and how i am going to deal with this aspect of my life. School offers no classes on how to understand love, no one is more prepared than another for this. Perhaps its all a hoax, does it even exist or is it that we are always looking for this concept… That we cannot grasp?

But you cannot deny the feelings that present themselves. Nor can you hide from them. I guess you just have to be prepared for the free fall, enjoy the journey and hope to God that there is someone there to catch you.

Kirri