My trip to Ireland was very different from the rest of the trips I’ve taken for a variety of reasons; however, the thing that differentiates my time in Ireland the most was the whole attitude that shaped my visit. Dublin wasn’t a trip for rushing around to see all of the major tourist attractions; it was a trip for getting to know and appreciate Ireland for what it had to offer and experience the culture. I got to see the authentic side of Ireland as if I were a true Irish lassie. Of course, a lot of that is thanks to Michaela who showed me all of the hidden treasures to this beautiful city.
Ireland was also a special trip because it really forced me to step outside my comfort zone and put my trust in people. From the beginning, I was taking a bit of a leap of faith. Instead of flying out of Sevilla, I flew out of Málaga, a city two hours away, because it was significantly cheaper (have I ever mentioned how difficult/expensive it is to fly out of Sevilla?) To get to the Málaga airport, I could have taken a bus or a train, but the times didn’t really match up with my departure time. What did I do? I chose to take a Bla Bla car. This is a network of people who post online if they are driving somewhere and offer spots in their car to anyone that needs a ride to the same destination. It’s extremely cheap compared to a train or even a bus, and it’s faster; however, you have to be comfortable getting in the car without a complete stranger. After reading through hundreds of reviews, I decided to catch a ride with Francisco to the airport (Mom and Dad, if you’re reading this, don’t kill me). There was another student that was going to be in the car, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. After working out the details about where we would all meet, we ironically discovered that we were all traveling to Dublin! I couldn’t believe it, but this reassured me that my trip with Francisco would be just fine. Sure enough, it was a very comfortable two-hour drive to Málaga, and from there I began my journey to Dublin.
I wish I could have stayed in Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day, but sadly, I had to get back for my classes. I was happy that I had decided to come during this special time, though, and it was such an experience to see how everything turned green and seemed to come to life. It was great craic, or fun as they say in Gaelic, in Ireland, and I’m so happy I got to experience the Irish culture to its fullest.
May the road rise to meet you!