If you follow my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I went backpacking in New Zealand in 2004, and that’s how I caught the travel bug. During that trip, I met many people, and when travelling alone, those people become your best mates for however long you travel with them. In the end, there are only few people with whom I kept in touch with over the years. So I was very excited to be able to add a few days to my trip to Dublin and finally, 11 years later, meet up with one of the girls I travelled with for three weeks back then.
Having not seen each other after our trip, I was a bit nervous… What if we didn’t like each other anymore? What if we were totally different now..? I was going to stay with her for two nights on her farm in rural Ireland, so there would be no running away.
All my worries turned out to be not needed… It was wonderful! Not only is her farm and the surrounding grounds stunning, we didn’t stop chatting and I instantly remembered why I liked her so much and I was so happy I took the chance and came over to visit her.
Though we live totally differently lives, me being very much a city girl with a corporate job and she and her husband running a big farm and demanding household with three young children in a small community, we reconnected immediately and had so much fun sharing our memories and telling stories about what had happened in our lives in those 11 years we hadn’t seen each other.
It turned out we share the same interest in healthy and organic food. She introduced me to a few cookbooks and I tasted her own homemade granola. We made a veggie curry together, had a BBQ at her friends, we walked around on her land for hours while she explained to me how things work on the farm.
I cuddled cats, dogs, horses, and sheep and I had no care in the world. It was so different from my day-to-day life and it was so refreshing! No worries about WiFi, tweets, e-mails or work. Just cooking, chatting and getting ‘grounded’ again I suppose, if that makes any sense. I left completely revitalised.
The area is just so breathtakingly beautiful. I really need to go back to spend more time with my friend, but also to explore the area and Wicklow Mountains National Park. It’s said to be gorgeous, and very close to Dublin, so easy to combine with a city trip! (I did try to convince my friend to open a B&B on her land as it’s so stunning, so if she ever does that, I’ll let you know. 🙂 )
I’m so pleased that my gamble to visit my travelbuddy from way back paid off the way it did. This is one of the things that I adore about travelling; meeting people from all over the world in a place you’ve never been to before, sharing a unique and sometimes brief moment in time, yet making friends for life! Yes, it takes an effort to keep up with these friendships, but this trip proved to me that it’s so worth it.