Remembering Ireland: Reflections
This is it: the last Remembering Ireland post. I'm glad that I've done this walk down Irish Memory Lane. It's been a lot of fun reminiscing about all of the things I did and all of the places I saw in Ireland, while also helping to slightly quell my wanderlust.
For me, this trip was a dream come true. I had wanted to visit Europe ever since I laid eyes on a European travel guide when I was a kid. As an adult, I never did reach that level of "success" I had hoped of, and, combined with letting time get away from myself, I had resigned myself to the (perceived) fact that I would never fulfill that lifelong dream. One day, I was looking over Groupon for a pizza coupon to take the family out with, when I saw the "Ireland: Dublin, Limerick, and Galway $999" Groupon promotion. I opened up the Groupon, without even giving it much thought, and so started the idea that maybe I could go to Europe. After wondering, "Who can go with me?" (because it's cheaper to go as a duo), I called my best friend and asked him. He came over, we discussed it, and the next day we purchased our tickets. Best decision I've ever made!
|Next to Eyre Square in Galway.|
|Granger's Pub in Dublin.|
The experience changed me in the most positive of ways. There's something about traveling to another country and immersing yourself in it's culture to really reshape your worldview. This trip was everything I'd ever hoped it would be, and more.
|Side street in Limerick.|
When I took this trip, I thought to myself, "This might be your only chance to go to Europe." I might be right, but I hate to think so. I fully intend on seeing as much of the rest of the world as I possibly can one day, and experiencing a bounty of other cultures, foods, people, and history. I'll be back for you Europe...one day.