Authored by Pitor Nowak
I was always under the impression that Irish landscapes were too beautiful to be true. Being an outdoors person with a love of nature, hiking, climbing and mountaineering, I’ve seen my fair share of stunning landscapes. But Ireland seemed to be something ripped from the pages of a fairytale.
My name is Piotr, and I am a junior web-designer from Poland. When I finally started planning my trip to Ireland, I couldn’t justify only spending one week. I understood however that I could not afford to travel for three months in a row, so I made the decision to go to Ireland and keep working from there.
From the very beginning I understood that my trip would be a challenging one; your biggest problem if you are trying to combine work and travel in Ireland is Internet access. And, eager to ditch the conveniences of the city for the cliffs, forests, seascapes and other remote locations, even if you do manage to pick up a signal, it is veeery slow (not surprisingly)!
However when you’re presented with the opportunity to explore the pages of a fairytale land without having to step through a book, perspective kicks in, and forces you to forget about your Internet obsession so you can fully explore the beauty of local nature. Here are four of my brightest impressions.
Lasting Memories From My Trip to Ireland: These Highlights Will Probably Be Yours Too
The Cliffs of Moher
I wouldn’t forgive myself if I missed this wonder of nature on my way from Limerick to Galway. This is definitely the brightest memory of the whole trip, even though I could spend there only two days.
The Cliffs of Moher stretch for eight kilometers along the Atlantic coast and I walked almost the whole length of them. This is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, and while there were crowds of people, I chose to not talk to anyone – all I wanted was to enjoy the magical power of nature.
Crazy Irishmen in Local Pubs
A bit of an introvert, sometimes I still need people around. I caught myself thinking about this in Limerick almost a month after beginning my trip. That’s probably exactly why my second greatest memory is about a bunch of crazy Irishmen I met in one of local pubs (Nancy Blake’s, and I strongly recommend it).
What I understood is that travelling indeed connects people. Among the local crowd were a married couple, both from IT sphere, and a web-developer with almost 10-year experience of travels! P.S. All of them agreed that Internet is a trouble in this country.
Rock of Cashel
The third experience I will never forget is the Rock of Cashel where I’ve spent one day on my way from Dublin to Cork.
This is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland and one of the most visited; a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. I joined a guided tour, which was a great way to learn about the history of the site in depth, and in other travelers on the tour I made a long lasting friend. She’s a traveler with sufficient experience and her next destination is Poland – we will keep exploring Medieval architecture together.
My last greatest memory is Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Although it is only 1,038 meters, it was still quite difficult to climb, at least at some points throughout the route. Nevertheless, I found the hardest part was walking down from the summit, and was quite shocked to see so many people without any equipment, wearing only jeans!
Overall, the walk took about seven hours, and while quire tiring, the view from the top is a fascinating reward!
Upon my return home, I understood this was my greatest business trip ever. It’s a true saying that jobs fill our pockets, while adventures fill our souls.
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