Hmm, I feel like this post isn't going in the profound existential-crisis way of the Jill. So I'm just going to ignore all the doubts, questions, uncertainties, and all those messy things called feelings. I'll still be talking about Ireland, though. As you may or may not remember, I've been to Ireland before...for about five days during my Harlaxton semester. Whatever. It counts. So in honor of Throwback Thursday, in the spirit of looking forward to new adventures in the Emerald Isle, and just because I like making lists, here you have it: the top 5 things I love about Ireland.
#5 Friendly people
Okay, so I was only there for a few days, but all the people I met during that time were incredibly welcoming. An old man stopped me in the street to ask what time it was, and after hearing my American accent, he struck up a conversation. What brought me there? Was I liking it so far? What part of the States was I from? It was a nice encounter, and I do enjoy spontaneous conversation. This was not an anomaly. I don't think I met a single unfriendly person. People in Dublin were certainly helpful in giving directions to the police station after my friends and I found a lost credit card on the sidewalk and spent half the night trying to get it turned in at the right place. Ah, adventures in Ireland.
#4 The colors
I don't know what it is about Ireland, but it gives you the sense that anything is possible, especially the extraordinary. Steeped in folklore of leprechauns and fairies, and teeming with surreal natural beauty, it lives up to its reputation as a truly magical place.
Okay, let's be real. This is me romanticizing Ireland because I'm moving there, so why not? I know it's not all going to be rainbows and sexy accents. I know that living in another country is going to be the hardest thing I've ever done. But I figure, why not be optimistic about it? You all know how I love to have something to look forward to.
Now, something else to look forward to: the QUESTION OF THE WEEK! This is a feature I'm going to incorporate into my blogs each Thursday to make this thing a bit more conversational. I'll try to come up with a question that everyone can discuss in the comments section. This week's question is a hypothetical that Jill, Sara, and I have already discussed a bit, but we need a larger sample size. So here it goes:
You meet your true love, but you can only be with him under certain circumstances. You either go away with him and utterly disappear from your home and everyone you've ever known with no explanation OR you stay with your family/friends/life you've known but you can never see your true love again. If you choose your true love, you can, of course, start a new life and make new friends, but you will completely lose touch with everyone from your previous life and they'll never know why you left or where you went. Which would you choose?
Oh, and in honor of Ireland, here's the video of the week: Celtic Thunder performing Seven Drunken Nights. How could I forget to mention one of the best part of Irish music...drinking songs! Enjoy the craic!