And we’re off! As mom drove us to the airport, Cale said: ‘it’s not too late to turn back, you know!” And I answered, “actually, it’s far too late for that!” I know it’s odd that it feels terrifying to leave Seattle, and people seem to roll their eyes when I say that… but I really felt uneasy to leave when the time came; it was really quite scary to go. Leaving friends and family for a year, leaping into the unknown- without an income, and being in a different place each night means a whole lot of change all at once, and change is scary! Oh yeah, and we’re leaving Seattle at the most beautiful time of year, there’s that too.
Despite all this, it feels amazing to do something I’ve always dreamed of, and we are incredibly lucky to be able to take this trip. Even with all the unease, I haven’t wanted to turn back.
Dublin has been a fun, walkable city. We arrived at 8am Ireland time, which is midnight Seattle time so we are still getting over the jet lag. I was a bit nervous about the two star hotel that I booked but it has been great :). So far, other than walking around the city, visiting the oldest pub in Dublin (established in the 1100s), and going for a couple runs we have seen the Book of Kells at Trinity College and the Guinness Factory.
The Guinness tour was great but felt like propaganda, the way they played up Arthur Guinness. There was even a quote on the wall saying “Men have tried for years to turn lead into gold. But Arthur Guinness actually succeeded with his amazing beer.” Or something to that effect. But you get a free beer at the end and amazing views of the city, and it was all worth it. Fun fact: Guinness buys 2/3s of all the barley grown and harvested in Ireland!
Today we are taking the train to Dingle and hope to take in some of the amazing Irish views!