July was a crazy month. I spent every weekend traveling outside of Dublin, which honestly was a little exhausting after awhile. After spending most of June in the city, I was ready to branch out into the vast unknown, but working around workdays is difficult at times. Since I’ve been in college, I haven’t really done a lot of traveling outside of going to and from school. My family has always been the type of people to do a summer road trip, but with them living on Hawaii, a road trip was effectively an hour drive in any direction before we hit the ocean. So, to be able to go to Spain and the Cliffs of Mohr and France and the UK all in one month is insane. Never in my wildest dreams would I think I would have been able to do such a thing. I think it kind of comes with the territory of being American; we take for granted how vast and varied our own landscape is, and we revel in the fact that you can be in Paris from Dublin in less than two hours.
I’ve been talking with a few people that I have met in Ireland so far, and it amazes me the places that they have visited in the U.S. that I have never gone to before. Las Vegas, California, Tennessee; it’s made me realize how much I have missed out on in the United States by always having my sites on leaving and traveling Europe. Hearing people talk with passion about their holidays in the U.S. is how I’m sure I will talk about my European adventures, but I just hope one day that I can travel the states a bit more and discover what others so passionately love about the country I’m from.