I have always had a huge emotional connection to my Irish heritage. I was a sophomore in high school in photography class, doing a photo project and going through magazine after magazine looking at images for this project. I came upon a magazine I was lucky enough to nab and it had a TON of photos of Ireland. I remember saying “I’m gonna go there one day.” And I meant it. For 9 years I thought about it often. I dreamed about it. I saved and saved. Scrounged for it. And finally, it was time to just go! I remember seconds away from clicking the purchase button for a guided tour, literally hovering over the key. I asked my husband, “Are you ready?” When he found out how much it was going to cost, he said, “Can’t we just plan this ourselves??” So then my type A personality went to work building a binder. Researching everything I wanted to see and visit. Some were touristy spots, but some were totally off the norm. I thought that I had envisioned this for so long, that when I finally went, I’d be disappointed. Not even close! It blew my mind! I bought a map and off we went! We rented a car, Wendell drove, and we did our own tour around the entire island for two weeks. We heisted a B&B book from the first hotel drawer and every day we never knew if we’d be sleeping in our car or if we’d find a place. We played it by ear daily. For my type A personality, the spontaneousness was actually bliss. My favorite part was Dingle Bay. I always said that if I were to move to Ireland, it’d be there. The map in this image includes Dingle Bay and the images are of Dingle Bay when we went in 2011. One day, I’ll go back.
It ended up costing the same. Worth every penny. •
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