Last week I returned from a magical 8 day respite in Ireland with my family. My mom grew up just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, and as a kid I was lucky enough to travel back with my family frequently to visit her home. I spent a lot of time there when I was young, but the last time I set foot in Ireland was I was 10. And so, after a 16 year hiatus, I returned to the homeland, and it was glorious.
It’s easy to fall in love with Ireland. The people, the views, the beer, the sights–it’s no wonder it’s such a popular vacation spot. But my favorite part about this vacation wasn’t really any of that; it was the chance to spend time relaxing with my family. But of course we also enjoyed the views, the beer, the sights, the people as well… Here’s a quick snapshot of my trip:
Breakfast. Ah, breakfast. Delicious Irish sausages and baked beans on toast. This was by far the most minimal Irish breakfast I had. Others included: The Full Irish Breakfast, the “mom’s version of an Irish breakfast” (AKA put some whiskey in your oatmeal and call it a day), kippers (gross. no.), coffee cake homemade my by aunt (AKA literally just a cake. eaten in the morning. ideal.), and your various assortments of breads and jams.
Returning home was hard, but fall in Seattle is actually warmer than it is in Ireland, so it cushioned the blow a little bit. For now, it’s back to work as usual at the Aquarium. Til next time!