Day 76 – Next Stop, Ireland

“St. Patrick’s Day is a day to celebrate our green heritage. The ancestry of Ireland. It is a day to celebrate what it means to be Irish and of Irish descent.” -Anthony T. Hicks

“Whether I drink often or just once in a while; I’m always sure to raise a glass to the dear old Emerald Isle.” -Pat Maloney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Amalia and I both have plenty of Irish in us so we will be celebrating this evening with some live music, Irish food and beer/cider of course. I figured today would be the perfect day to talk about Ireland and travel in general. The global pandemic has put a damper on things in more than a few ways but the one that still stings for us is the lack of travel. Amalia and I had our wedding cancelled due to the pandemic last year which included our honeymoon plans to travel to Ireland. To this day, almost a year later, travelling overseas is still up in the air (no pun intended) unfortunately, however we are lucky to say the wedding will still happen this year! There have been many worse hardships due to the pandemic, so I think we can consider ourselves lucky that this is one of the few things that directly affected us but we are still hopeful to get to Ireland in the next year!

This is another scenario where it’s good to look at the bright side. For one, Amalia and I are both on our way to being fully vaccinated, yay! Also, even though our travel plans have been pushed back, we were lucky enough to make it to Ireland, Rome and Switzerland already in our young lives back in 2016, a trip we will never forget. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “a mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” It’s the memory of our past experiences, our yearn for new experiences and the nearing of the end of this pandemic that keeps us positive. We know we will once again be in Ireland soon enough and tonight we will celebrate as if we were in Ireland. Travel is our big thing to look forward to after the pandemic is over, it’s the shimmer of light at the end of the tunnel or dare I say the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. What are you looking forward to in the future when things go back to the new everyday normal?

Let’s end it with an Irish blessing today, “may your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.”

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We thought it would be fitting to declutter one of our festive green items today. Amalia and I have our fair share of Irish apparel, blankets, wall decor, etc. We don’t need this hat anymore and we hope that someone will wear it next March to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Sláinte!

Published by teejbear

Living each day to the fullest and sharing the journey in my blogs.

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