The Cliffs of Moher were truly breathtaking. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was ecstatic that there were different paths to take and views to admire. I couldn’t help but think over and over, “I am so absolutely glad I did this!”
the gleam in your eye welcomes striking, verdant cliffs ecstasy ascends
Pub-hopping in Temple Bar was amazing, and just as I imagined it would be. Drinking pints of beer, listening to the music I have heard all these years – but on this occasion, actually in Dublin! A couple of the bands performed the song “Galway Girl,” which I fell in love with.
familiar fiddle voices and sounds come to life music fills a tourist’s heart
The Irish are known for their kind spirit and friendly personalities. I found this to be very true of everyone we met, whether we were in pubs, in taxis, in airports, or while dangling from Blarney Castle.
for where else do men refer to women as “love” -only Ireland
The lights seemed extraordinarily alive as we walked along the cobblestone streets at night in Dublin. I don’t know if the lights were really that dazzling, or if my excitement and passion for Dublin made the city pop.
electric colors awaken a quiet mind must drink it all in
I traveled to England, Wales, and Ireland during the month of September. I have not been traveling as much as I like, and it truly inspired me to continue seeing more of the world.
I fed myself books and documentaries on anything British, Welsh, or Irish before I left. But I also read Narrow Road to the Interiorby the haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. In this book, Basho describes his travels throughout Japan.
Basho’s travel diary – or haibun – combines prose and haiku, which inspired me to write during, as well as after, my trip. I will be posting this writing beginning November 1st.