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Moving Country and what I’ve learn about the Country I’ve left behind…


Moving Country and the few things I’ve learn about the country I’ve left behind.

So as you know I moved to Austin in January…and having settled after a few months we returned home to spend our Summer in Ireland, we had a ball and you learn a lot of things when you return home for a holiday.

You appreciate Family time a lot more!!
You make more time for family and I mean proper quality time..hence lack of posts on my blog. You cherish memories with your family. Spending time doing absolutely nothing with them, sitting comfortably in each others silences. The family banter, how we all get each other, the inner circle haha it exists!!! You love how family love you unconditionally no matter what you do or how far away you live away. You’re more aware of how precious time is and how it can creep up on us without us even realizing it, so you cherish every moment you get to spend with them!

You appreciate friends

I mean real friends who know you for years inside out through good and bad times…ones you can just lay all your s*it out over cups of tea or in some cases wine, and know they wont judge you or are trying to figure you out…because they’ve figured you out a long time ago šŸ™‚ Friends who just get you, your silliness, your downright madness. Friends who make you laugh so hard and cheer you right up any given day….ones who you haven’t seen in a while but yet you just pick up right where you’ve left off! As if you’ve never been gone!!!

You appreciate your country and its people…

God we live in a beautiful country, we have unbelievable green grass, fresh air (have you ever been hungover in 33 degrees heat, I don’t recommend it :)) and the scenery is breathtaking! Returning home for holiday makes you look at the country with different eyes..the coastlines, the rolling hills, the people, the banter, a nation that gets its people, and that sunshine that brings out the best in us! (Apart from red raw sunburn and farmers tans!) The easy relax way of life and yes believe it or not the spontaneity of us Irish! Unplanned nights out is what I’m talking about! The amazing history we have and our Irish stories and traditions! Our very culture.

You appreciate your food…

Oh how I miss curry chips that is all šŸ™‚ kidding I miss the food, not having to constantly put eggs in the fridge as they wont last. Real homemade brown bread, proper chips (french fries), fresh vegetables, home grown produce, proper milk!! Nice barista coffees…eggs Benedict! Bread (that’s not laced with sugar) Cadbury’s chocolate (kinder eggs my kids would say…they also miss the yogurts and potato waffles!!) oh the list is endless!

The easy access to European countries…

How I miss not hoping on a plane and being somewhere in Europe within a couple of hours. You never really appreciate it until you live so far away..I miss the cheap flights to other countries (even if you don’t like a particular airline ,not naming any airline in particular) Europe with its in depth history and periodical buildings just right on our doorsteps!

And now we’re back in Austin, we are lucky to have the weather and sunshine, ( albeit I may have brought the Irish rain with me these last two weeks) we are happy here, but our Summer was amazing, we made such good memories and made time count being at home in Ireland. I wont lie its been harder to settle back into things here in Austin this time round because we loved every minute of our time in Ireland. I know this feeling will pass, as it has before, but I will say one thing, when moving country, appreciate where you come from, because home no matter how far away, will always be home, and a piece of you will always be there!




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  • I can relate to every word you wrote there. I moved to Vancouver and I absolutely love it here (bar the cost of living ) but boy does it ever make you appreciate the little things about home… Sunday GAA killed me this yr.. Iā€™m from limerick, husband from Tyrone lol

    • aw catherine only seeing this now..I know that must have killed you with the GAA and being from Limerick..those things become big things when you re away from home…glad you are loving it though x

  • I totally relate. Iā€™m living in San Antonio for the last year (originally from Maynooth) .
    I love my summers going back to Ireland…. spending time with family, the food…brown bread, curry chips even a blooming cream bun…
    Coming back to the Texas Heat is a killer….you get used to it but home (Ireland) is always where the heart is.

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