This is the blog I first wrote on my aspirations to travel to Ireland. It was actually the first blog I ever wrote here period, I just moved it around in the timeline a little.
After a lot of obstacles and what seemed like a dream that was becoming an impossible one…I finally got the news this past week that I will in fact, be going to Ireland! My company confirmed me and my mom to travel on one of our tours. It hasn’t officially been booked yet, but the approval itself was something I wasn’t sure was even going to happen.
When I got the call from HR it had been approved, I actually cried. Yep, cried. It may seem like a strong reaction to something like a trip but when you’ve been dreaming of something for so long and you want to go back to your roots…to your Papa’s roots…it means a lot more than just seeing a new place, and all of that just kind of poured out of me. I called my mom immediately and we’ve been planning ever since. The itinerary is awesome. The hotels are amazing (we’re even staying in some castles!) and it’s only 6 months away.
I’m so happy to be able to do this for my mom and during The Gathering year too. The year everyone of Irish descent is supposed to “return home.” I’ll finally be returning home and get to connect with a place my Papa did so long ago.
So here’s to you 2013 and here’s to going home…to Ireland!