The countdown begins.
Two weeks from today I will be half way around the world. Far away from what I know, everything will be different and everything will be new. Away from the hum-drum of my daily routine, my senses will be ignited with the sounds, scents, tastes, sights and feelings of a culture I’ve never experienced. My soul will overflow with passion and excitement for a new place to explore.
Ireland … Here I come!
Before I pack my bags, though, I must begin my preparation. For me, I like to imagine what the cities will look like, what the culture will feel like, and how the country will welcome me when I arrive. To visualize my trip before I physically arrive. I like to ask friends and family (and you!) for recommendations about interesting sights to see, delicious dishes to devour, and local treasures off the everyday path.
Today I wonder if all the Shamrocks will be four leafed? And if leprechauns will leap behind pots of gold at the ends of colorful rainbows and greet me at the airport? If locals will be bursting from the pubs shouting incoherent chants? (Something tells me, this folklore is not what I should be expecting.)
This trip marks my first international adventure since 2007 – ever since returning from the Czech Republic, my desire to go abroad has been an itch I couldn’t scratch. However, since The Written Road began one year ago, I have traveled only within the United States. Visiting places where the language barrier isn’t tested and to cities where the food tastes familiar.
In those adventures, I learned how traveling can be a state of mind and how searching for fresh and new experiences in your local neighborhood can be just as satisfying as exploring a distant land.
My intention behind this blog was to create a space for me to share my traveling experiences – and I always imagined the blogging experiences to be strictly international. My desire to discover a different way of life by traveling other countries is paramount to traveling inside of the US and engaging with fellow Americans. There is a rush when arriving in a foreign land, one that aligns me with a deeper purpose and fulfills my life with meaning.
People who travel can return to their home base and see their daily experiences differently; the well traveled understand that their way is not the only way.