What two kids from the pacific northwest learned from the Emerald Isle.

Ever since we’ve been home, I’ve been trying to think of a way to condense three months of life changing events and experiences into one simple blog post. The post needed to convey how much we have learned, how we have changed, how we have come to feel about the country that we called home for a few months, and how touched we are by our Irish hosts who brought us into their homes and their lives.

I’ve decided that’s impossible. After a few weeks now of regaling people with stories from our trip, some touching, some hilarious, some stressful, I’ve realized that no matter how many stories we tell or how in-depth we get, the experiences we had are our own and we will never be able to fully explain to others how the trip has changed us. And that’s just fine. We know we’ve changed for the better, from our outlook on organics and sustainability to simply understanding that each person lives their lives in very different ways. Our goals for this life have evolved and changed all together and we are both on a more direct path to happiness than I think we could have ever hoped for.

Jacob and I will never forget the people we’ve met; the late night conversations with strangers in pubs; the long windy walks along the coastline; riding bikes past farm, after farm, after farm; the awkward smiles and head nods to the more heavily accented Irish when we had absolutely no idea what they were talking about; Irish cheese; drinking tea with the smell of peat in the air; the indulgence that is double cream; hot Irish scones. The list really goes on and on.

I don’t know if Jacob and I will ever have the chance to take three months from our busy lives here in the U.S. to go live in another country and experience a completely different life again. It truly was a once in a life-time experience and while not every minute was peaches and cream, we wouldn’t change it for the world.

I guess simply put, from now on, whenever we hear the occasional Irish accent, whether in a movie or on the street, I know we’ll both pause for a moment and transport ourselves back to that beautiful Emerald Isle.

We hope you’ve enjoyed following our adventures and we appreciate all of your support along the way. Goodbye until our next adventure, hopefully it’s not too long.

Madeline and Jacob


About Madeline Dickerson

I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts degrees in magazine journalism and cinema studies. I am currently interning at the "Chinook Observer" in Long Beach, Washington. I plan on pursuing a career in photojournalism and reporting.
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One Response to What two kids from the pacific northwest learned from the Emerald Isle.

  1. Kevin Davis says:

    Nice summary! I’m glad you guys had a fantastic time. You may just have inspired me ; )

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