I recently spent a lovely week in Ireland for the wedding of Colm’s bother Derek and his now wife, Dervil. It was great to go home to see family as there is nothing quite like a good family catch up and nothing beats a good Irish cuppa tae!
Over myself and Colm’s last few visits to Ireland, we have been trying to get out and see places that we previously took for granted. I have to admit, I find it so different, visiting Ireland, rather than living there. I’m seeing my own country in a whole new light.
On our last trip, we went to Glendalough, which is a 20 minute drive from my parents house, to walk the family labradors. We spent a beautiful crisp morning walking the trails with the dogs – Buzzy and Tripp. The lake is one of my favourite places. It’s just so breathtaking. We were also really fortunate to have great weather.
We also made the trip to Rathbeggan Lakes. I had never been there before. I was so surprised by how much there was to do there. They had everything from fishing, zip lining to visiting replica crannog and a baby newgrange. It was pretty cool and I’d highly recommend a visit.
What I realized on this trip was that 10 days is just too short for such a long flight. I did travel home for the wedding, one of 3 in Ireland over the course of a year so I just couldn’t spend more time in Ireland. Usually when I travel home I spent 2-3 weeks in Ireland. the first few days are generally spent jet lagged and I’m normally pretty over the jet lag after the first 3-4 days. Because I was only home for 10 days, I literally tried to squeeze everything in and never recovered from the jet lag. I definitely would NOT recommend doing this as I was exhausted when I did touch down in Sydney after the trip.