It has been a very busy few weeks. Especially last week..I was in Vancouver receiving the Coast Mental Health ” Courage to Come Back” award. It is given to people who have come through tough times and give back to others. I won the Mental Health category. It was an amazing evening, I met some amazing folks and gave my speech to to 1800 people. I loved it. I will put links here once I get my computer to hook I to cyber space, as I’m writing this on my phone right now.
After the exciting 2 days, and very,very little sleep..it was back on the ferry and arrived home, Friday afternoon. I then was at the airport at 4,:30 am to start my Epic Irish Adventure
After a 17 hour flight I have arrived safe and soud in Ireland. I made it through immigration no problem, but you should have seen the look on their faces when I told them I was here for 10 weeks. I was just grinning from ear to ear. After the long joirney I was picked up in Dublin by a lovely lady named Roisin. We are both members of an amazing organization called Women Welcome Women World Wide. It is for women who travel solo, or sometimes with partners. Rosin lives in Crossmaglen and drove down to Dublin to pi k ne up from my early arrival. Then drove back up an hour north to her house. I am staying at Roisin’s house until Thursday. Today I am just resting and recovering from going through 8 time zones.
Yesterday I met some of Roisin’,s family. I was at a restaurant with Rosin and her mom_ Mary, joined us. There was then a conversation that started up with the folks at the table next to us. They were friends and they had a visitor . This visitor lives in Dublin but had family here. It amazes me as I listened to Mary as she is telling this fellow from Dublin about his family connections etc. It was lovely to be immersed in this, and the stories and Craic, it was lovely. I loved it.
I also know if I had been on a tour this likely would not of happened. This is what I love about staying with local people, the authenticity of the folks I meet, and being g pulled into their fold. It was amazing a d magical for me. I will remember this.
Today I am taking it easy. I got 12 hours sleep last night and had a 1.5 hour nap at noon. I have drank some tea, sat outside on the steps and listened to the birds an gazed at the view, which is the picture above. It’s a bit cloudy today but still stunning.
So, as I sit here looking g out, I know I am stepping through the doorway into another chapter of my life. I a. Not sure where it will lead, but for now, step through this doorway with me as I step I to my Epic Irish Odyssey
PS..I know..the photo is not there..I will get it up as soon as I figure out how to do it on my phone