Ireland 2017

January 05, 2018

_MG_6726_MG_6726 Ireland. It's hard to figure out where to start when talking about this trip because looking back it feels like such a whirlwind of moments and a week that only felt like a mere couple of days. I started my trip off with a drive from Seattle up to Abbotsford, I found tickets to Ireland considerably cheaper out of the Vancouver airport than Seattle. On my way up, I made a quick pitstop to catch up with an amazing friend I haven't seen in ages with coffee and dinner. I  Continued onto Field House Brewing Company to meet up with another wonderful friend (bless her soul) who was willing to drive me an hour to the airport EARLY the next morning! 

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My first day in Ireland started with a 3-hour bus ride from Dublin to Cork City where we checked the important things off our list first: coffee at a lovely little place called Soma Coffee Company before heading to Carrigaline where I would be staying with friends the majority of my week there. We kept my first day fairly low key to recover from the travel and relax in Carrigaline before the week began. For me, I have a major pet peeve when traveling; I don't want to do everything a normal tourist would. Yes, of course, some things are tourist attractions because they are downright amazing: for instance, The Cliffs of Moher, The Long Room at Trinity College or the Dingle Peninsula - but I always find my favorite moments seeking out the things a local happens to tell me about. Places that tend to be off the beaten path a little more, or hidden gems that are just overall great ways to experience the culture of where I am traveling.  53F4A119-55C0-4902-9612-BABAE448533453F4A119-55C0-4902-9612-BABAE4485334Processed with VSCO with f2 preset _MG_6490_MG_6490 _MG_6510-2_MG_6510-2 We spent our foggy Sunday morning walking the empty streets of Cork City before picking up our rental car to make our ventures for the next 3 days much simpler for traveling to the coast. After picking up the car and adjusting to being a passenger on the left side of the road and having a driver be on the right side of the car, we were off to a day of wandering in the cute shops throughout Kinsale. Of course, the day included coffee at The Old Bank House and classic fish and chips at Dino's. We also took some time to explore Charles Fort before heading back to Cork City for their Glow Festival to turn on all the Christmas lights in the city.  _MG_6516_MG_6516 _MG_6521_MG_6521 _MG_6523_MG_6523 _MG_6522_MG_6522 _MG_6528_MG_6528 _MG_6540_MG_6540 _MG_6543_MG_6543 _MG_6545_MG_6545 _MG_6548_MG_6548 _MG_6558_MG_6558 _MG_6561_MG_6561 _MG_6565_MG_6565 _MG_6566_MG_6566 _MG_6567-2_MG_6567-2 _MG_6570_MG_6570 35353485-3C06-4DF3-AAF4-1220F34170AE35353485-3C06-4DF3-AAF4-1220F34170AEProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset _MG_6572_MG_6572 _MG_6574_MG_6574 _MG_6587_MG_6587 _MG_6596-2_MG_6596-2 _MG_6602_MG_6602 _MG_6639_MG_6639 _MG_6648_MG_6648 _MG_6661_MG_6661 _MG_6774-2_MG_6774-2 _MG_6762_MG_6762 _MG_6780_MG_6780

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