While I will admit I am not the world traveler I aspire to be, I am pretty thrilled to be going across the pond again, even if it is to a country I’ve already set foot on.
Why am I going back to Ireland?
One of my best friends, a girl who has been close to my heart since 2001, decided that we needed to take a girls trip somewhere. Ireland was on the table with her even before Brady and I went in June 2016. She has a cousin that lives there so what better way to experience a country than with a local that you know!
Up until about a month ago, all we ever did was discuss going. There was never 100% commitment. One night, we sat at my kitchen table, busted out the box knife, and took a blood oath that 2018 would be the year we would do everything we have been discussing for years.
Just kidding about the blood oath.
But, in that moment, we decided this was actually going to happen. We called up one of our dearest friends that we’ve known since 2001 and she was on board as well!
Fast forward to a week later and we are sitting at my kitchen table researching flights. Those flights are getting booked in a mere week or two and I am overcome with excitement. At first, I wasn’t so thrilled about going back to Ireland. There is so much more to see in the world and I’ve already been there. Then, one night as I was getting ready for bed, it donned on me that I am getting to share a country that I love dearly with 2 of my best friends. I get to show them parts of Dublin that I fell in love with and see the looks on their faces when they witness the beauty that is the Cliffs of Moher for the first time.
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This is why I travel. I get to share experiences with the people I love, and see how a place impacts them. I am able to get engrossed in their culture and learn what makes a place tick. It doesn’t matter that I have been there once – I am going to experience it with 2 people that aren’t my husband and in a way I have never seen the country before. I could return to Ireland 5 more times with different people and I would still experience it a different way each time.
The sad realization is that people seem to think that just because they have been to a place once that they never have to go back. I used to be one of those people, but 2017 had a way of shaping me into a person that sees the glass half full in every situation. In this case, I’m getting to go back to Ireland and fall in love with this beautiful, green, Leprechaun-filled country all over again through a different perspective.
Who knows, maybe I’ll even catch a Leprechaun and find a four-leaf clover this go around.