We in Ireland have a saying ‘Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin*’ which roughly translates to there’s no place like home.. and I couldn’t agree more!
I have been definitely bitten by the travel bug in the last few years and I am constantly itching to plan my next trip away – but every so often I have to remind myself to take a step back and appreciate what is on my front doorstep. The pictures below are from a park that I live beside and walk past every single day, and very rarely (basically the day I took this pictures!) I stop to appreciate the beauty of them and how lucky I am. Many people feel there is nothing to offer in their homeplace and grow sick and tired of being ‘stuck’ in that place. You must remember that there are always people who would kill to be in the position that you are in and you don’t have it half as badly as you think you do.
Every country has its own natural beauty and there is nowhere you can relate to more in the world than the place that you come from . Every once and awhile you should stop trying to escape to somewhere else and take an adventure in your own back garden for a change instead.. ‘Is glas iad na cnoc i bhaf uainn’ the grass is always greener on the other side! I have been to all four corners of Ireland and each one is as beautiful as the next, the beaches are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen (weather permitting.. which is rare I must admit), we have the largest coastal drive in the world called ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ and we have three cities in the top 5 friendliest cities in the world (Nabbing spot number 1, 3 and 4!). It doesn’t take flying across the world to appreciate pretty buildings, fountains and lakes when you have them right under your nose.. you are just forgetting to look!
*Pronounced: ‘Kneel Ay-In Tin-Tawn Mar Du Thin-Tawn Fay-In’ and ‘Isss Glaw-sss E-Yad Naw Kah-Nuk Ee Vad Ooh-Inn’