Two weeks from today I will be flying into Dublin. It will be my third visit to Ireland in four years. In many ways this will be a very different trip for me, and some things will stay the same.
This time I will be traveling without the group; traveling alone for the first time in my life. I will be staying longer than I've ever stayed before; three full weeks this time around. And I will be traveling mostly by train, instead of by coach.
I will be visiting some cities I've been to before, like Kilkenny and Dublin. But I will also be visiting new towns like Graiguenamanagh and Bray. On past trips I've jumped from town to town, only ever staying for one, maybe two nights in any town. This time I'm staying put for a minimum of three nights (Graiguenanmanagh) and for as many as ten (Kilkenny), with the exception of Dublin, Dublin I'm just passing through.
On this trip I won't be visiting the usual tourist destinations of trips past—there will be no castles or shopping experiences. Instead I've arranged to visit the Cloughjordan Ecovillage and the RED (Research, Education, Development) gardens there; I'll be visiting a beekeeper and spending an afternoon foraging mushrooms; This trip will include hikes, and bike rides, and farmer's markets, and whatever else happens to come my way... A very different trip indeed.
But, some things will stay the same. It will once again be October, and as always, it will feel like home.
You can read about my October 2013 trip to Ireland here - Ireland, Still Stealing My Heart
You can read about my first trip here - Ah Ireland!