|SOOOOOO stoked to have made the front cover of the Summer edition of Outsider Magazine, yewww!!|
Sigh. Well there you have it friends. The end is nigh. 52 weeks of having the absolute time of my life!! Taking happiness to a whole new level. Starting in Tenerife- Ireland- Mexico- Peru- Ireland- Morocco- Ireland- Hood River Oregon- Maui- Barbados- Ireland- Cape Town- Ireland- Peru- Maui- Ireland- Wales- Portugal- Pistol River Oregon- HOME!! I don't even know where to start thanking my one in a billion family; my Parents and Lisa and Peter McAnena and of course my phenomenal friend Sam Bittner.....you have all made this Odyssey possible. The kindness and experiences I've shared with people this year are unquantifiable. THANK YOU to EVERYONE I laughed with, cried with, partied with and most importantly shared the water with. I am the luckiest person alive to have known this level of happiness, all thanks to the people I have met.
Home time for good at last.
|Home Sweet Home..... wet, windy walk on the Prom in Galway :-)|
I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty overwhelmed by the realisation that my year-long, world wide adventure has finally come to an end. It's bitter sweet in so many ways. On the flight on the way home from my last AWT event there the guy sat beside me struck up a conversation and opened with the usual plane chat "so what do you do?"........ My mouth opened but I literally could not even begin to articulate the 12 months I have just had nor could I try to summise what it is "I do" exactly. Trust me, for a girl of many, many words and whose motto in life is "don't fear the chat", I was pretty surprised by my inability to explain to a stranger who I am and what I have done this year. Up to this point I've always been able to say, "oh I'm on a gap year from work at home in Ireland and I'm travelling for 12 months around the world"....... keeping it simple and avoiding the Pandora's Box of details.
But now I don't want to summarise my year like that anymore. I've decided to just smile and say,"I've been on an adventure", and leave it at that. There have been so many times recently when I will recap on a single day's experiences and think, holy crap, what I have seen and done and who I've met today would be enough entertainment for anyone for a year....... so in so many ways what I have seen and done and who I've met this year is enough entertainment to last me a lifetime.
And it will be with me for the rest of my life, no matter how long or short that may be. I am, without a doubt, the luckiest person alive and as I've said, the people who have made this year possible, supported me and shared it with me (particularly my family), I have to THANK, from the bottom of my heart. You are all too many to name, but as I've said, to anyone I met this year and shared my experiences with, THANK YOUUUUUUUU!!!!!
Ok, enough words..... here are a few photos from the last few weeks since my last blog in May;
Sooooo firstly I did this backflip off the top of blackrock to help promote the Galway Sea Festival in June which was in the Irish Examiner:
|Me doing a backflip off blackrock|
Sam and I on the ferry to the Aran Islands
Then to Ireland to the Kerry BWA event.... the crew outside Spillane's