Let me guess… we all love traveling, don’t we? whether you are a rootless wanderer like me, or you just love the idea of going on vacation somewhere else, traveling is one of the most exciting things you can do in life. I personally have been bitten by the travel bug and now I can’t stop myself from being on the road nonstop. Guess what? I LOVE IT. The idea of being somewhere new all the time is fascinating, it has changed the way I see the world and I’m a better person today thanks to those little moments. 

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive whatsoever, in fact there are many ways you can travel on a reasonable budget and have a once in a lifetime experience everywhere you go, it will all depend on what type of traveler you are and we will cover this on another post. 

If you just came to see the pictures Click Here to see my “Ireland Dreaming” project. 

So my last adventure took place in Ireland. My flight to Dublin left from New York so I took an early flight BNA-JFK and if you’re familiar with the JFK Airport you know the air train becomes your hero. I used Aer Lingus services for the first time and all I can say is WOW! I was so impressed with the quality service provided, starting with the check in all the way to our final destination in Dublin. If you ever get on one of their night flights make sure you order the Shepherd’s Pie for dinner I mean it’s so delicious you might want to beg for another one. 

We arrived in Dublin Airport at 5 am local time (I’m already feeling the jet lag) and our CrafTours bus was already there waiting for us. At this point I’m exhausted but over the top excited! It was my first time in Europe and I’m ready to take it all in. 

The bus drove us to Galway which was the first part of our tour. We spent a few days in Galway, then on to Killarney, and back to Dublin. I will write a very special blog next week  about Galway, which was my favorite spot and you will see why. 

The entire tour was impressively splendid (literally it was all that). Words cannot describe how beautiful and magical Ireland is. The weather might be the only “negative” thing I experienced and all because taking pictures was a little challenging. The locals say you can experience all seasons in one day, and they were absolutely right, however I even fell in love with the weather because I got to wear my long sweaters and scarfs every single day! Keep in mind the summer was over by the time I got there so I can’t really complain. 

I could go on and on talking about Ireland (and yes, I’m definitely coming back… YOU BET!) but for now I will give you my top 10 reasons why Ireland must be in your bucket list:

1) Irish people are very friendly and more than happy to show you around. They will answer every question you might have, give you any directions you need and even join you for a pint of Guinness!

2) Guinness beer is the best. I’m not a beer fan (at least I wasn’t) but if I made it all the way to Ireland I had to try Guinness beer for sure… all I can tell you is that I had at least one pint (if not two) every day until my very last day. This is not like any other beer I had had in the past, in fact here’s 11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Guinness.

3) Fresh/Organic food everywhere, everyday. Okay, this is probably one of the best things in Ireland. The food was abso-darn-lutely amazing. I learned that most of the things they serve are organic, locally grown even if they don’t specify it on the menu. I had never enjoyed veggies before the way I did in Ireland. 

4) You can’t get enough of their breathtaking landscapes. I mean it. Everywhere you look is unbelievably beautiful. Everything is green, natural, fresh and magical. If you don’t believe me check my Ireland Dreaming project. 

5) The Cliffs of Moher. This was probably the highlight of my trip. Unfortunately the weather was not in my favor to take a shot that would do this natural wonder justice; fortunately I was there to experience something that words cannot describe. Es casi una experiencia religiosa! 

6) Game of Thrones. Yes, GOT has used dozens of locations throughout the amazing landscapes of Ireland… including the Castle Ward complex which was transformed into Winterfell, home of the House of Stark! You can actually schedule a tour and experience this adventure if you are a fan. Unfortunately I found out about these tours a little too late, but I will definitely do this tour on my next visit. 

7) Trinity College. If you love history, old libraries and architecture then this is your place to go. Trinity College has one of the most incredible libraries I have ever seen before with thousands of books (and they smell so good) and Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells Ireland’s national treasure. 

8) Public Transportation. Because we had a designated bus I really didn’t have to use the public transportation that much, however during my last few days in Dublin I wanted to do some extra stuff but I didn’t really want to spend too much money on taxi services… well, I didn’t have to thanks to the Dublin’s Light Rail Tram System, Luas (only 7 Euros for an unlimited day pass. Winning!) which goes basically all over downtown Dublin, plus the always on time bus service. 

9) Irish Coffee. Irish Coffee is simply amazing. It’s basically a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey (yes, whiskey or baileys too) and sugar topped with thick cream. 

10) U.S. Border Control at the Dublin Airport. I don’t know about you, but the only one thing I don’t like about traveling is the security/passport control process. After an entire day traveling all you really want to do is go home and crash, well, in this case you will be doing all the security and passport screening before you even leave Ireland, once you get back to the US all you have to do is pick up your bags and go home (if you’re lucky enough and don’t need to take another flight.)

If this is not enough to convince you to visit Ireland stick around for the next blog post where I will cover some of my favorite spots in Galway and Killarney. 

Don’t forget to check my Ireland Dreaming project to see some of the most fabulous shots I took in Ireland. And if you made it this far, thank you! I appreciate your visit and if you have something nice to say, ideas or any questions please comment below and let’s keep in touch. Feel free to share this blog (only if you like it of course) I have a lot of cool stuff coming up so you might want to become my friend 🙂 

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Until next Sunday,

Be kind to yourself and to those around you,

An-J xo

 

 

Posted by:AnthonyJSantana

Visual Arts, Travel, Textiles, Photography & Life.

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