Here we go! After five months of traveling with Jason I flew from Norway to Ireland by myself. I was feeling a bit down, but there was something more poetic about going to the UK while sad instead of just back home to the normal routine. (Maybe it’s all the rain!) I have always wanted to go there and had more ancestors to meet!
Dublin is the most lively city I have ever been to. There is live music everywhere- full bands playing on the streets and more musicians in every pub. People spilled out of the pubs, singing jolly songs and raising their beer glasses. The weekend was particularly busy with people- they completely filled the streets. It was strange to be so surrounded yet not know a single person in the entire country.
Sometimes being alone is hard, and in my case I knew that meant I had to do it. Sometimes you just have to be with yourself until you’re not lonely anymore. You can take all the time you need. But you’re the only constant you’ll ever have in your life and you have to learn to live with yourself even in the most quiet moments.
Or the loud ones. So I walked through the crowds and dipped into pubs to hear the music.
There is also a lot of art in Dublin. You can just walk around without a plan all day and be entertained. That’s mostly what I did.
I was in Ireland for five days. I spent every night in hostels in Dublin but managed to take day trips to see some more of the country. The first hostel I stayed at wasn’t anything special except for one aspect. It offered a free tour! I booked it just for that reason. And I couldn’t believe it was free, it was amazing! It lasted all day and took me to Wicklow and Kilkenny.
My last full day in Ireland was Tom Hanks’ birthday. That night I went to a pub and ordered a guinness. I sipped it while listening to the live Irish music and wished I had more time there- I’ll just have to go back! I’m proud to be part Irish and it was an honor to see all the green natural beauty that Ireland has to offer.