Ireland getaway trip was the best idea! There, I said it. This is the whole article. See you tomorrow for the next one…
I’m joking, let me tell you why it was such a good idea. This was my first trip by myself, a getaway weekend in Dublin. In fact, there were a lot of firsts happening during that time. For example, my first time alone in a new country without moving there (hello Denmark, Turkey and Tunisia!). And so the comfort zone was left at the airport in Bucharest, but this time for different reasons.
The whole month of September, I will share 30 stories with you. One story each day. You will find out how I travelled, what countries I called home and how many times I repeated a travel in the same place. But most importantly, you will get to know my comfort zone stories. Would you share yours?
Anyway, back to my time in Dublin. It was May 2014 and the trip was way too short, but what was there not to love? The colourful doors, the cheerful people, the lovely walks by the river. Since I was on a very tight budget, I did not eat any traditional Irish food. In fact, I had mostly sandwiches and chips. Or crisps. However, I did have a Guinness. I am not a beer drinker, but, you know, when in Rome…
Ireland made such an impact on me that I recorded not one, but two podcast episodes talking about it. In fact, I actually went back to my notes and emails to refresh my memory of this trip. But you’ll understand why if you listen to Travelling Inside Out.
I still remember the tour guide for the city tour that I was sure doubled as a comedian. Do you ever think back at people you’ve met for a few hours and wonder how they are, where has life taken them and how did they survive covid? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I’m curious if there are any people I met for a short period of time and I left an impact on them. Questions with no answers…
Back then the technology I was using wasn’t that advanced, so I am not very happy with any of the pics I took. Especially the selfies. But I have videos I’ve only shared on IG because they were taken in portrait mode. Haha, little did I know back then that portrait mode will be the norm in the future for some apps.
My Ireland getaway also meant other firsts: staying in a hostel (mixed dorm) and the first time travelling to an English-speaking country. The joke was on me because I still didn’t understand most of the people I encountered. Hehe. It was also my first time seeing a huge inflatable-guess-what? You’ll have to listen to the podcast to know what I mean. Hint, Dublin is known for all sorts of parties.
During my short visit to Ireland getaway, I met 365docobites and I was their 63rd stranger. I talked about how travelling can bring peace to the world. For real. Epiphany and Carl are an Australian couple who back in 2013/2014 went on a trip around the world for an entire year to have a dialogue with a stranger a day. I was and still am so happy to have been part of their project. I have written more about it in the memorable travelling stories article.
What kind of traveller are you? Do you usually go for short trips, or rather long? Do you prefer to explore one place for weeks and weeks at a time? Or does your vacation usually take you to an exotic island where you only relax? The short trip to Ireland was a great point of reference for when eventually I made it to the UK, England and Scotland. But about that in a future article.
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