Back in Ireland… Keep your rosary handy when crossing the street.

FullSizeRender 2I’m back in Dublin and I am THANKFUL for these messages painted on the cross walks. I almost got hit by a car. I forgot they drive on the LEFT side (wrong side) of the road! Or like a funny Pub goer said, “Depending on how many beers someone has they might drive on any side of the road.”

As you can see, they must have had this issue in the past with foreigners crossing when they shouldn’t, because they CLEARLY write, “Look LEFT” or “Look RIGHT.” This is full proof. Thank goodness!

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My daughter has been living in Ireland for 4 years, so she’s an expert at walking fast and just crossing at a moments notice. I find it amusing when she reaches the other side of the street and looks back at me with the expression of, “Mama, WHAT are you doing over there?”

THEN, like a true Italian, I give her a frustrated look while I move my hands pointing to this huge commuter train that could have smooshed me and that I was “trying” to STAY ALIVE! We both chuckle at that!

On a lighter note, here is a map of the main part of Dublin. I think you can probably enlarge it. Then you will see that I was exploring the Trinity College area.

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IMG_4415I was looking into taking the “Hop On, Hop Off” tour bus. As I was doing this, I heard Italians speaking. There was a big group of them. Made me think of my Mom. They told me they were from Milan.

Which reminds me. When I was at the airport there was a Spanish speaking woman in front of me. It didn’t look like she had flown before, because she asked me “in Spanish,” if I could help her. I spoke to her in Italian (some words are similar) and moved my hands to show her that she needed to take her shoes off, throw water bottle away, put her purse in her main bag, etc. She was sweet and hugged me. It is a bit stressful, even if we are a seasoned traveler, because we are trying to get through the x-ray machine at the same time our carry on comes out.

It feels good to help someone! That good feeling stays with us for a couple of days!

The week is not over… SHARE YOUR STORY of helping someone!

 

14 thoughts on “Back in Ireland… Keep your rosary handy when crossing the street.

  1. Sounds like you’re having an adventure. I could totally picture you in every situation you described. Wish I could have gone with you. Have a wonderful time! Slainte!

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    1. Ireland is in our future. We still need to catch that Leprechaun! :). Who knows, maybe I talk you into renewing your wedding vows here in Ireland with the singing Priest. He’s REALLY good and funny! Go IRISH!

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  2. You are so right. There’s definitely this “feel good” feeling that comes with lending a helping hand to someone who truly needs it. Their response to that assistance tells it all. Even something as little as giving direction to a stranded stranger, or helping an elderly person with the heavy grocery bags mean a whole lot, and of course, it comes with blessings too.😄😄

    Welcome back, and warm regards to your daughter!🌷

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    1. Thank you! I’m here to attend my daughter’s graduation ceremony from the University of Limerick. In Ireland, students graduate in June, but graduation ceremonies are in August. Also, this is nice, after graduation the University has a Ball for the graduates (long gowns and suits for the guys), we don’t do that in America. Great idea to have a special and elegant send off for the students! 🙂

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      1. A really great idea by the institution. Shows they appreciate the graduates, and also want them and their loved ones to feel special. I’m really happy for your daughter, and you of course. A really happy moment not to be missed. Do enjoy every bit of it ok! All the best dear!🌷🌹

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  3. The hop-on, hop-off bus is a great way to get an overview of Dublin before you decide which of the many sights to take in. We boarded at St. Stephen’s Green – a short walk from our hotel near the Grafton Street shopping district, and rode the full loop before beginning our “hop-offs”.

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    1. That’s great, Dave. Thanks for the advice. I REALLY wanted to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral today, but I didn’t have a good map and seemed to be going in a circle back to Temple Bar area (smile). I was missing some side street to get there. Argh… HEY, remember when you wanted me to go to the Tea House on Grafton and I told you in May it wasn’t there? Well, tell Brigid that now there is a delicious French pastry place there. You would like it. I will take a picture to send to you, so you can tell me if it is the SAME place from the inside/outside. It’s very small, but quaint. With the Hop-on Hop-off bus, about how long does it take to go full circle?

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    1. I agree, it was a great tour. I would love to try the Viking tour, not sure what it is called, but it is the one where they wear the Viking hats? I notice they go through different parts of the city and the driver/tour guides sound like a real “hoot!” Thanks for stopping by. I’m heading over to view your site as well.

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