The Rambling Rover

Hello dear friends and family!

Today’s song of the day is “Rambling Rover” by the Dubliners.

Today was a bittersweet day indeed, as it was my last full day in Ireland. I knew before I left it would be a hard day for me, but actually feeling it is very different.

I spent my day revisiting some of my favorite little spots like Marsh’s Library, The Long Hall pub, and Stephen’s Green. I tried my best to commit the sites and smells to memory, cataloging each little thing as I sat in the sunshine.

This trip was absolutely one of the best things I have ever done in my life. I was incredibly worried before I left that being alone would make the trip difficult and less fun. I worried about making friends, eating alone, and getting lost. Guess what? I did all of those things.

I made friends with other solo travelers like Meghan and locals like Peter, I ate alone more than I ate with people, and I was lost as soon as I got off the shuttle from the airport. I now walk with a bit more bounce in my step; with a bit more confidence because I did it all.

I’m not going to lie, my heart hurts knowing I have to leave this amazing country. I will miss the wonderful eb and flow of the Liffey, the rolling green hills, the sing-song accents and the superior taste of a fresh pint of Guinness.

I sit on the steps of my hostel and listen. Cars, bikes, and buses pass. Crowds of tourist sing the chorus of a newly learned drinking song while discussing the proper pronunciation of ‘slainte’. Elderly Irish men stroll up the street reminiscing about the Dublin of 30 years ago, and I take in one last, deep breath and say my final goodnight to Ireland.

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