In 3.5 hours
my favorite older brother and I
are leaving for Ireland
It’s been a dream of ours for so long and I CAN’T BELIEVE WE’RE FINALLY GOING!
I’ve had this stupid grin on my face all week and I’m sure my friends are tired of hearing me gush but I can’t help it.
God’s been so faithful these past couple months (and the 23 years before) and I feel so blessed to have come out with so much to be thankful for. Getting to go on this trip is a most undeserved extra bit of love that makes me excited enough to be practically jealous of myself.
I know folks go to Europe all the time and have a swell time and get on with their lives, but this trip, for me, is kind of a big deal. I’ve always had this vague picture of what my favorite soul-place would look like, like a nostalgic missing for what I haven’t seen yet. The crashing sea and charcoal skies, the lush fields and quiet streets – I know this is it.
This trip is perfect timing too, as I’ve been in a rut for a while, creatively speaking. I know artists can come across as self-absorbed whiners, but it’s a very real feeling and I’m so grateful to have 10 days away from the technical strangulations of managing a business to refocus.
I know photographers also struggle with experiencing life versus documenting it, so as a healthy exercise of self-control I’m not going to let myself touch a camera the first two days. But I’m bringing a Holga camera and half a dozen rolls of film so I can’t wait to experiment with the foggy light. (all photo cred: Wikipedia)
I love to travel but dislike touring, so we’re not going to do any grand trek of the country. We have a house just outside the coastal village of Doolin, with a view of the Cliffs of Moher for our most lovely holiday by the sea. We’re only going to be an hour from Galway so I’m sure we’ll travel around some, but we’re just keeping it spontaneous. I’m just happy to spend my days exploring the area and our nights listening to music at the local pubs.
I haven’t packed or anything so I should start on that, but I hope you have a beautiful week and can’t wait to share the stories!