A majority of the last month has been spent exploring various European hot spots. From Spain, to Italy, to Prague, my life has pretty much been nonstop traveling and tourism (yes, between my last 2 posts I popped over to Prague for a bit, it was stunning and I would highly recommend that all of you add it to your “places to go” list). Although I have genuinely enjoyed every second of my travels and appreciate it for all it’s worth, being an ultimate tourist really takes a toll on you after a while! With only 3 weeks left of this incredible experience, part of me is sincerely heartbroken to know that the next time I board a plane it won’t be taking me to some intriguing foreign country, but back to the good Ol’ U. S of A instead. On the other hand, I can’t quite describe how good it feels knowing that I get to spend the next 3 weeks, uninterrupted, in my favorite European hotspot of all and temporary home.
I have been abroad for 4 months now, and in that time have visited 10 different countries. Ireland is the only one I can call home, and where I have spent a majority of time, yet I have not done a very good job exploring all that it has to offer. From the moment I got here, the frantic attempt to visit as many places and see as many things as possible while I had the chance took over. I instantaneously started planning trip after trip to different countries, with the flawed mindset that “I live in Ireland, I don’t need to worry about planning trips within it.” Well, here I am with 3 weeks until I no longer get to call Ireland home, and I have yet to make it to so many of it’s iconic cities and attractions that I kept telling myself I would eventually make it to. So, amongst studying for my last final and getting summer plans in order, I dedicate my last 3 weeks to appreciating nothing but this beautiful Emerald Isle. Because despite the fact that it’s smaller than some states back in America, the endless beauty found here and all of the hidden gems within it never ceases to amaze me. I knowingly won’t be able to check off every place on the list that I would like, but that just leaves me with more to explore when I return (because mark my words, I WILL be back).
First up on the “Appreciating Ireland” agenda? Cork! Tomorrow I embark on a 2-day adventure to Ireland’s largest southern county, where Blarney Castle, home to the infamous blarney stone, is found! And with a trip to picturesque Dingle on deck, I sure do have a lot to look forward to in the next 21 days! Can’t wait to fill you all in on it!