We’ve been stacking our pennies for several years now - committed to turn them into euros, pesos, pounds, or whatever might be in the bank of our next destination. Admittedly, the time came rather quickly and we found ourselves at a bit of a loss as to where we should go when looked at our great big map. Considering that we’d already used the ‘spin-the-vino-bottle’ approach for our Europe trip, it seemed best that we consider a new option.
What’s that, you ask? Bucket List! Don’t worry at all; I know where I’m going with this one. I’m not talking about the classic www.bucketlist.com type that encourages you to run feed a giraffe or go kiss passionately in the rain, although both are nice ideas. I’m talking about the real deal. (Off record: In all honesty, I don’t have a bucket list, but you can bet your sweet potatoes that I’ll be working to create one while I’m buckled into seat 37A for the next 18 hours.) I digress.
It has been almost exactly 3 years ago since we left this country (see my blog here titled ‘The Big V’). Our lives have changed in ways that we would have never thought possible. By force (thank you, Sweet Jesus), we have come to learn that challenges are truly privileges. We’ve also learned that a healthy brain and body are gifts and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Lastly, I might pledge myself Captain of the Indecisive Team; however, we’ve learned that life is short and there is little room to wait, watch, and wonder what might happen. It’s important to speak, share, and stand strong in your actions and go after your dreams.
With that in mind, we figured it was time to go after some of the things on our (imaginary) bucket list. How about this?: Hole up in a pub in Dublin on St. Patty’s Day with a Guinness! Sure. Why not? And that was that. The creation of our upcoming journey started there.
As we tend to do when traveling, we will spend a couple of days in the city and then grab our car and hit the road to explore at our own pace. The smaller and more local - the better! We will be driving the coast of Ireland from North to South and then heading over to Scotland, down to London for a bit, and then back to Dublin. We’ll be gone for about 3 weeks and I’ll do as I’ve done on previous trips and post on occasion when I have internet access. We worked diligently when planning this trip to avoid modern houses and our American luxuries, including internet! Mean parents! We are looking forward to a standard of cottages and fireplaces.
Our hope is to spend a a few weeks chasing leprechauns and loch ness monsters and maybe find a four-leaf clover or two along the way. See you in Dublin! Cheers!