Yes, I am still writing here in 2018! Happy New Year, and Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah, and Happy whatever other holidays you may have celebrated these past few weeks.
I’ve been home, readjusting to living in America once again. It has only been about two and a half weeks since I was last in the lovely country of Ireland.
And boy, do I miss it.
That first night I got home, I was excited to see my family and friends, but more importantly, excited to be in my own room again. I had missed the amazing bagels New Jersey is famous for, and was happy to catch up with all my hometown friends.
More recently, in those quiets moments between seeing friends and working, I find myself longing for those days in Maynooth.
I could be totally distracted at work, when I’m serving tables and making sure I remember to bring them all their drinks. Then the music changes, Ed Sheeran is singing, and I’m wishing I was back walking through Dublin.
To be dramatic, I have been feeling more depressed the more reality sets in. I know one day I will return to Ireland, but sadly it is not soon enough.
I know I already talked about what I was going to miss while I was in Ireland. However, these things seem amplified now that I’m back in the Dirty Jersey. I find myself listening to Irish music more at home, searching for that same feeling of happiness I felt when I saw musicians sing live at the pubs. I’ve come close, but nothing matches the excitement of hearing “Rattlin’ Bog” live.
I keep looking back at the photos, shocking myself sometimes about how much I saw during my few months abroad. I see myself at the Cliffs of Moher, walking the streets of Cork, and enjoying a pint in Dublin. I just want to keep talking about all the awesome adventures I had, since the excitement has yet to lose its luster to me.
Which brings me to my final point of today’s post. This blog is not ending since my trip has ended. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to turn this into, and it’s going to remain a travel blog. Somewhere in Ireland, I caught the travel bug. I plan on travelling more, but more importantly writing more. I have a lot to say, so I’m hoping you, my loyal reader, are excited to listen.
Next up: my return to St. Bonaventure University. While I would’ve loved to say it was a return to Ireland, I think it’s best I finish my degree first. I can’t express how excited I am to see all my friends from school, and of course return to 88.3 WSBU The Buzz for another radio show next semester. I’ll keep you all updated throughout any and all adventures I may go on.
Until then, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2018!