A year ago today, I landed in Dublin, Ireland, and I remember that day and what I was feeling like it was yesterday!
Since being back, one of the things most people ask me is what I miss most about Ireland. At the risk of sounding rude, I’m going to say that I hate that question. It’s the whole experience, the whole lifestyle, the whole adventure that I miss, and most of that I can’t put into words. So I say something more shallow. In honor of this 1-year anniversary, here is the shallow list of things I miss about Ireland:
–Walking: it kills me that there is literally no store within reasonable walking distance of my house here…that’s the suburbs!
–My living location: 15 minute walk to Dublin’s city centre? I’ll take it! I always felt like I was in the middle of some huge, never-ending story going on around me.
–The accents: sometimes indecipherable, always entertaining.
–Fish ‘n chips: I’m purposely not seeking them out in Austin because I know I will be disappointed.
–Green: I can’t really blame Texas because it’s in the middle of a drought, but Ireland just looks so much more alive.
-No Sales Tax: Supposedly sales tax is already figured into the price of items there, but it doesn’t seem that way. I just feel like I’m getting ripped off here now.
-Multiculturalism: America is multicultural, but the Texas suburbs are not so much yet. I am no longer walking past Chinese, Polish, Brazilian, and Nigerian businesses within the span of a few minutes.
Just for fun, here are some pictures from my very first
days in Ireland: (seriously, why did I not remove the date from automatically appearing on my camera?? SO ANNOYING)