If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you may remember seeing glimpses of my jaunt through “The Emerald Isle” in the spring of 2013 along with my jet-setting cohort. I snapped a substantial amount of pictures with my iPhone, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in such a beautiful country without a dedicated camera. I opted to tote a Fujifilm X100 camera over the cumbersome Canon 5D in favor of lightness and portability. It was a delight to shoot with! Almost a year has passed since that eventful trip, and I’ve finally made the time to edit and post my favorite shots.
Meet my travel companions.
That’s Nate on the far left. Little did he know at the time that we were about to become brothers-in-law. Nate is a joy to be around. He’s as personable and charismatic as they come. He helped keep the trip light-hearted to the utmost with his adventurous nature and comical personality. To give you an idea, at one point in the trip, he hopped a stone wall and was chased by a herd of cows.
Next over is Kelsie, the girl I would ask to be my wife. A seasoned friendship blossomed into romance as we realized just how much we gravitated toward each other. Whether by our own inclinations, or by the unstoppable forces of nature, it was meant to be. Our spur of the moment trip turned into a spur of the moment proposal. Just days before the we left, I sat down with her father to ask for his blessing. I obtained a ring shortly thereafter.
That’s me in the middle. Young, in love, and filled with wanderlust.
On the far right is Kourtney, long-time friend of Kelsie’s. Kourtney is a fun, easy-going person who knows how to seize a worthy adventure. She made a great travel companion as she was eager to go, see, and do whatever and wherever the open road took us.
We watched the sunrise from Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains. We chowed on fish and chips on the streets of downtown Dublin. We started almost every day with a full Irish breakfast. Kelsie and I were engaged at the Cliffs of Moher. Nate ordered a pint of Guiness at Dolans pub in Limerick. We kissed the Blarney Stone of Blarney Castle. We shopped in the fishing village of Kinsale. We ate cheese and bread in a park in downtown Cork. We strolled the misty streets of Kilkenny. We attended a church meeting in Limerick. We explored Ireland’s oldest ruins, cemeteries, cathedrals, and castles. We got to know the wonderful people of Ireland.