The Emerald Isle

In 2016 I was in Ireland for just more than a month.

At the end of 2015 I was retrenched and decided to take all my savings and go to Ireland in February 2016. Check out the posts I did from my first Ireland visit.

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Dublin February 2016
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Galway February 2016

 

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Cliffs of Moher February 2016

 

This was my first overseas trip and the original plan was to go for 6 weeks, but I ended up only staying for 3 weeks and came back to South Africa. I was devastated and didn’t want to return. I found a job and most of 2016 I worked and saved up.

As 2016 drew to an end I decided, rather suddenly, to take another trip to Ireland but to take my sister with on her first overseas trip. It was an amazing trip and I can see the difference that it has made in my sister’s approach to life. Check out our adventures in Ireland during the December 2016 trip.

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Dublin December 2016
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Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle December 2016
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Cork December 2016

 

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Kinsale December 2016

 

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Killarney December 2016
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Dingle December 2016

 

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Galway December 2016
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Cliffs of Moher December 2016

 

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Inis Mor December 2016
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Dublin December 2016

Travelling has changed my life and my view of the world. I realized how much more there is to life than just the normal 8 to 5, or in my case 6 to 3, job. Even though I currently have an office job and my studies keep me very busy, I still pursue my great passion of travel and writing. Despondency becomes overwhelming after some time and the post-travel depression after a trip is horrible, but I would much rather experience the lows if it meant I could experience the intense highs of travel.

My time in Ireland has influenced my life and, with motivation, focus and determination, I will create a life wherein I can travel indefinitely.

Ireland has pieces of my heart and soul and will always be my very first. I experience occasional nostalgia and I long for the cold and wet weather but I quickly return to the present and this pushes me to see new places.

I hope you enjoyed the Ireland posts.

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