I haven’t had time to write recently. Planning this trip to Ireland (and Scotland) has been eating up all my spare time. I’m leaving May 31st, and returning June 13th. I have to be ready for school (which starts on the 18th) by the time I get back, but I’m not sure if I’m eligible for the tuition breaks I thought I’d get when I applied for the graduate program. I still need the reading materials, and I need to finish the online orientation.
I’ve been reading Rick Steve’s guidebooks about Ireland and Scotland, and I’m totally wiped out on research mode. I’ll be spending five days in Dublin, three days in Edinburgh, three days on Oban, and one day in Ayr near Irvine with a friend I made during my time in Romania. Then it’s one night near the Dublin airport somewhere so I can leave around 11am the next day.
Boyfriend will be in that part of the world on work, so he’ll be with me in Dublin and Edinburgh, then I’m on my own. I’m excited to spend time in the Highlands. I’m staying in a bed and breakfast in the little coastal town of Oban. Apparently they make great whisky (one B&B I found offered a shot of whiskey every evening upon returning to retire). I’ll day-trip out to the Isle of Mull, then to Iona. I can’t wait to relax among some beautiful scenery. Also, horseback riding! I’m excited about doing this stuff on my own; taking it slow after spending the majority of the trip in cities (with Boyfriend). I’m really looking forward to spending time abroad with Boyfriend. We’re going to have so much fun.
Meanwhile, my room is a disaster area, I’m nervous about starting school again (plus the online aspect of it), I haven’t traveled in a long time so I’m worried about keeping my itinerary straight… frankly I’m a little overwhelmed. I just keep reminding myself that everything loading me down is stuff I’m also excited about. I guess that’s a sign that I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I wonder if this is what progress feels like.
It kinda sucks. hahaha