17 Days to Ireland

In 17 short days, I will be traveling to Ireland with my mother for a week’s vacation. Since I was a teenager, I have always wanted to visit Ireland and when my mom asked if I’d be interested in going, there was no way I was going to turn her down. I haven’t really thought much about the trip until now. Instead of slowly building up my excitement, I usually don’t think about big stuff until it’s almost upon me.

Well, in this case, there is some advanced planning involved. We are traveling through a tour company, Tauck World Discovery, so much of the trip planning has already been done for us. I did have to get a passport, but that process is surprisingly painless. The last time I had a passport was in 1986 when I was a teenager. The process was definitely more arduous and time consuming than it is now.

While the trip itself is seven days, it takes a day to travel there and a day to travel back so we are gone essentially for 9 days. As such, I was able to find some wonderful innsitters from Michigan, Sue Kalis and her sister Anne, will be taking care of the Inn and my guests in my absence. The two have watched over several Asheville B&Bs as well as B&Bs in other states so I have no concerns about their abilities to handle the Inn. I also picked a week from May 10 – 17, which is before Memorial Day and before we get into the really busy season in Asheville. However, based on advanced reservations, the ladies will be busy for much of their stay.

We will be traveling from Shannon to Killarney and ending up in Dublin. We will get to stay in castles along the way, although no B&Bs. I have been checking the weather in Ireland and it’s comparable to our weather in Asheville. It appears to be about 5 – 10 degrees cooler, but certainly manageable.

I’m bummed that I won’t be taking my laptop on the trip, but I have been downloading games and other free applications on my iPhone so I can stay connected while away. Disconnecting from the Inn will be tough, but I’m sure I can do it. It’s leaving Brian and my baby children (the dogs and cats) that will be agonizing. I am already feeling pangs of separation anxiety from Jennie and it’s still 17 days before we leave!!!

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