This is Patrice, waving hello from our “splurge” hotel right by ChristChurch Cathedral in the center of Dublin. The bells have been ringing for hours, and we understand that Friday evening is sometimes the time for practice … it’s quite a’pealing!
We’re off to dinner soon, but I just wanted to add some quick impressions of what we’ve experienced since our VERY early Monday morning arrival:
- Leaving everything is freeing, exciting, and a bit disorienting.
- We have to pace ourselves. Flying overnight, the time change, walking everywhere, an unfamiliar bed and everything else… leads to fatigue.
- It’s great fun to do new things and meet new people.
- Getting used to the idea that we have months and months to do whatever we want, enough money saved to do it, and that no one is going to tell us what our agenda should be is kind of mind-boggling. What do you choose to do when you can do whatever you want?
- We’re having a grand time already, but it very much resembles what I used to joke about when my parents traveled–we called theirs “walk and eat” vacations. Well, that’s what we’re having!
- Despite feeling that we have enough cash for the nine-month journey, we’re writing down every penny (or, in this case, Euro) so that we can keep track of it. We’re going to tell you what we spend to give you an idea of what it actually costs to go around the world.
Look for a “What does it cost?” page, a “Where do you stay” page, and a link to both books by Patrice and musical events for the two of us as we grow this site. If you have suggestions for where we could sing, be in touch!
The plan is to visit Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti, with a zip back to California before spending three months in Hawaii…