Saying Goodbye to Dublin

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.”

-Azar Nafisi-

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Somehow, four months has come and gone and my time abroad is at a close. I am writing this now in my tiny, student accommodation apartment that has been home for the past few months. Soon I’ll be in the comforts of my bed in Cleveland. The idea is exciting yet emotionally terrifying. It’s times like this I wish I could just grab my thoughts and let the computer screen absorb them instead of trying to explain something that is so unexplainable. When I first decided to study abroad I thought I would make a few new friends, see some pretty things, and come home with stories to tell. Little did I know that I would be able to do all of those things and much, much more.

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Johnstown Castle&Gardens: Wexford, Ireland
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Sienna, Italy
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London,England

Dublin now forever has a piece of my heart. Living in such a vibrant city was the best experience I could ask for. I can now say I know how to properly pour a Guinness, have a good ‘craic’, and enjoy an Irish breakfast or two. I know that I am capable of conquering public transportation in any form, and finding my way around strange cities without the help of  wifi or google maps (dumb millennials right?). I’m not afraid or embarrassed to go somewhere alone. I have a new confidence in myself that I didn’t even realize was absent. It’s crazy how one city has provided me with all of this in the short time frame of 4 months. Leaving Dublin is going to be hard, but in the mean time I’ll be counting down the days until I return.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Arthur’s Seat: Edinburgh, Scotland
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Florence, Italy

While in Ireland, I visited 5 countries and numerous cities. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I will  most likely just ramble until I’m out of breath about all the great qualities of each country and how they can’t be compared.  Each and every city I visited was beautiful and unique in it’s own special way. Everywhere was different yet so similar. I came to realize that yes, cultures differ greatly but at the end of the day people are just people. I feel like this commonality, especially lately, has been easy to forget. I caught the travel bug quickly, and I think it will be here to stay. Travel is definitely much higher on my priority list now and I encourage anyone to take that scary leap and venture outside your own country.  You’ll learn, grow, and see things you never could from the comforts of your home. Some of my best memories have come from taking this risk.

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Dublin, Ireland
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St. Stephen’s Green: Dublin, Ireland
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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Although adventuring through Europe is exciting in itself, I know this trip would not have been anything without the people I was able to share it with. I feel so incredibly lucky to say that I made not only friends for a lifetime, but a family. I have realized traveling creates this certain raw type of friendship. You see these people through all of their struggles. Whether someone has had too much to drink, is missing someone from home…there are no filters. Everyone is just there for each other, plain and simple. When people ask me, “What was your favorite part of the trip?” Theres no doubt the answer will be, “My friends.” That being said, for any of the Dublin crew reading…thank you, thank you, thank you, a thousand times over for making this the experience of a lifetime.

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For everyone else, I again encourage you to take the scary leap into travel! I guarantee your mind will be opened to a place you never knew existed. I hope you all enjoyed this sappy little post. Please like this if you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments places you have traveled/where you would like to go!

Have a Delightful Day,

Kaitlin

 

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