TBT: Ireland

Galway, Ireland. March 2012.

Sometimes you go on a trip and it’s memorable. Sometimes you go on a trip and you fall in love with the place — you wander around in a state of utter enchantment, you vow to return, you reluctantly go home and instantaneously cry at any minor mention of the place. And then every once in a good ole blue moon you go on a trip and the time you spend there fills itself up with irreplaceably precious moments that cause you to stop in your tracks and helplessly wonder, “HOW THE HELL DID I GET SO LUCKY????”

My trip to Ireland was one of those trips.471846_1611353651218_1613545605_o

To be honest, the country of Ireland & I didn’t click on the personal level that I connected with, say… Berlin or Stockholm or LONDON (obviously). But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the place — I liked it a lot, actually. In fact, I can say with definitive absolution that I WILL RETURN to Ireland as soon as the time is right and I will spend more time discovering the magical gems of the place. What made this trip to Ireland so special, though, were the people I was with.470575_1611346971051_830410539_o

One of my best friends, Mollie, studied in Galway the same semester that I studied in London — this was super fantastic, because now the majority of my European travel memories from that time are tinged with the humor and wit and joy of one of my favorite people on this planet. When it came time for me to plan a trip to the place where she was getting a healthy dose of Irish culture and history beer and boys, I booked myself for the same time three of my high schools pals would be traveling to the Emerald Isle. And it was grand.459767_1611371491664_1666882934_oOur weekend in Ireland was filled with some exploration of the countryside…471970_1611366491539_1073529862_o412001_1611350211132_508933945_o470836_1611347931075_852050842_o468833_1611380371886_465082857_o…some good old fashioned grass-laying (with grass that green how could we resist?)…475458_1611344890999_597970460_o476037_1611375171756_822007786_o456420_1611373411712_1415367833_o …some necessary photo ops… 459972_1611379211857_1679946931_o414384_1611357331310_342016692_o478814_1611377491814_618435369_o461419_1611360691394_865298178_o…and nights out on the town. Galway felt like a college town — and after almost 3 months living in London, it felt good to be back in a setting that felt like home at Penn State. Only better. Like, a zillion times more awesome. Because we were in Ireland.


200535_10152080140740182_309355700_n426646_10152080142845182_1103135225_n 551623_10152080143425182_1415233580_n 576959_10152080141495182_1443223455_n320132_10152080141290182_122494209_nIt’s worth mentioning that one of the little, crowded pubs we went to had a live band, and they played “Galway Girl” — my lone hope for this trip was to hear that song played live in a pub, similar to the scene in P.S. I Love You. Needless to say, tears were involved.

Ireland was some SAVAGE CRAIC and this trip was just the beginning of our relationship.

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  • Reply roamingpursuits

    The Ireland countryside is so green and gorgeous.

    December 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    your TBT’s kill my heart. in the best way.

    December 12, 2014 at 8:32 am
    • Reply Kristen

      ugh everything you do kills my heart in the best way.

      December 12, 2014 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Moani Hood

    So pretty and green. I love the cliffs! I’ve never been but I hope to. It’s in my top 5. Looks like you had a lot of fun there!

    December 12, 2014 at 9:07 am
    • Reply Kristen

      So beautiful! I can’t wait to go back. & yes I think it’s impossible to not have a good time in Ireland — plenty of beer and fun people to go around 🙂

      December 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    Haha, these posts remind me of my time in Lille, France. All the trips we had were so fun!

    December 15, 2014 at 8:25 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Traveling is the most fun when you’re with great people!! 🙂

      December 15, 2014 at 10:24 am

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