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tick tock ... tick tock

My goodness... It is so so so so very strange to think that I now have less than two months left before I move back home. At this point I've been travelling 2 years, 6 months and 17 days. Much much longer than I originally thought when I started planing my time away. I think my original estimation was a year to a year and a half. I have so many mixed feeling when I think about coming home. Firstly, I feel very excited. I'm so looking forward to being close to my family and so many of my friends. Very simple things like stocking up on groceries and having more than one pair of jeans also seems quite thrilling. Not having to think about where I'll be sleeping next month, next week, the next day... How relaxing that sounds! Of course it won't be all that relaxing to be home since I've decided to go back to school and retrain in a completely new field. And of course that's when the next emotion comes into play. Nerves. What if I don't like school? What if I get bored of staying in one place? What if I decide that moving back to Canada was a mistake? Of course, I'm more excited than anxious, but I can't pretend that I'm 100% confident about my decision. Oh, and there's that other nagging emotion, sadness. There is going to be so many things in Europe that I won't have had time to see. Even though I've been here for a little over a year, finances and the time I've spent working has interfered with my desire to see everything I possibly can. But Europe will still be here, right? I can come back another time to visit some of the places I've missed, revisit some that I would like to see again, and of course see the wonderful friends that I've got over here that will be sorely missed.

Sigh...

I am very very lucky to have lead the life that I lead. I wouldn't trade any of it for anything.

K.
So...

Its been a bit since I've blogged, so I best do a little re-cap. When I last posted photos, they were of Galway and the Aran Islands (Inishmór actually). After that it was back to Dublin, up to Belfast and then a flight from Dublin to Rome. May 29th to June 18 were spent in Italy. I managed to visit Rome (of course), Naples, Pompeii, Florence, Bologna, Venice, Pisa and Cinque Terre (photos to follow ...
someday ...). After Italy I flew into Liverpool and spent the weekend with new friends, then to London to visit old friends. Glastonbury provided the perfect setting to celebrate my birthday and the two-and-a-half year anniversary of my first flight to this tour. After cleaning Glastonbury's mud off me back in London I hopped over to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Bristol and Bath.

Strangely enough, I am back in Galway again. As I am always in need of more Euros and with a month left on my work visa Irish work visa, returning to Ireland was a necessary choice. Spending a month in another city seemed a little less boring than going back to the same old thing. Galway is at its busiest in July. The Arts Festival is in full swing and the last week of July is horse racing time. There are thousands of tourists coming to town and plenty of work as well, so here I am.

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Now its July 24th. The top part of the entry was written 10 days ago. I kept meaning to sit down and finish this entry, but I was distracted by friends, the arts festival and work. Ah well... I'm in Killarney today and have about an hour to kill before my bus back to Galway, and so I will get this posted now.

I was posting about Galway and Inishmore and I still have some photos of my day trip to the Islands to be posted... And so...

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Dún Aengus. Built in 1000 B.C. or earlier and has been called, "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe." Need I say more? If so read on here.

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