A Week in Ireland

If I’m being completely honest, Ireland was never really on my bucket list. It was one of those places that I figured I’d eventually visit but I wasn’t in any real hurry to get there…

Obviously I feel very differently now.

Let’s rewind a bit to when my college studio mate, Jessica, got engaged in 2016. Jessica asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Of course I said yes without hesitation - I’d never been a bridesmaid and she pretty much held my hand throughout art college so I owed her big time! As we trudged through our senior year of school, she began trying to plan her wedding. After scouting forever for a venue, attempting to estimate how many guests they’d be having and how much everything was going to cost, her and her fiancé decided to say “f* this. Let’s get married in Scotland.”

Now fast forward to me buying plane tickets for said wedding. As I was browsing ticket sites and trying to decide where ELSE we would go while in Europe, Jed and I shot a few ideas back and forth and eventually decided on Ireland.

Fast forward again to late September. We spent exactly one week exploring as much of Ireland and Northern Ireland as we could - from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher to Belfast and many little villages in between. To be honest, a week on this large island is certainly not enough. We took cheesy bus tours around the coast line, drank more Guinness then I’d ever had in my life, sat at the edge of the Atlantic, got lost, missed a bus, broke a suitcase wheel…. I could keep going but you get the idea.

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a comfy Airbnb in Edinburgh, Scotland, only a few days before the wedding. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss Ireland. The people we crossed paths with were so kind, full of character and pride. Everyone had a story to tell. And literally every pub had live music nightly. It’s not an exaggeration - the Irish are very serious about their music. So to sum up, Ireland went from not being on my bucket list to being on my must-return-to list. And if it isn’t on your priority list, I encourage you to seriously reconsider.

Below are just a handful of photos, and if any of you are Game of Thrones fans, see if you can spot some of the filming locations. Bonus points if you can name the exact season and episode.

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