Back in Ireland Again

We have been back in Ireland for 6 days now and it has rained for every one of them. It feels like summer is truly over now. We have had a fantastic adventure since April. We drove from Ireland to Prague and then from Prague to Serbia and back again. We put 9,000 miles on the car and stopped in 10 countries: France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia and the UK.

We house-sat for a friend in Prague and got to see many of our friends again. We worked online every day from Kavárna Liberál and I got more work done during the month of July than I had in the past 6 months.

And now we are home?

Hills in Leitrim, Ireland with a cloudy sky.
County Leitrim, Ireland.

Ireland has never felt like home to me. We have strong ties here. Our business is located here and Micheal has family here but it was never home no matter how hard I tried to make it work. Perhaps it would have been different if we had been living in Dublin instead of Leitrim. I have never felt more alone than I have here in Ireland.

I think it is time to leave again. The lease on our apartment is now up and I can’t think of a single reason to stay here when so many other places in the world have been far more welcoming. The fact that we both work online now means that we are free to go anywhere there is a stable wifi connection and for that I am very grateful.

What’s next? I don’t think it will surprise anyone that I have my eye on SE Asia again for the winter. It seems to be a common winter destination for digital nomads. Thailand’s beaches are always a must to shake off the cold of Europe and recharge. After that, we may finally get to Saigon which has been calling my name for the past year.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Thoreau

4 thoughts on “Back in Ireland Again”

  1. We went through the exact same thing on our recent trip there in May. It not only rained every day, but it was unseasonably cold. It’s a shame because Ireland has some many great photo opportunities. I came back with 900 photos with all gray skies. Otherwise, it was a fulfilling and educational trip.

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  2. I have to say, my heart is Irish but the rest of me is just plain old German American. I long to live in Ireland. I currently work as a backend web developer using .net technologies. I and my family are hoping to move there in a couple years. I would love to hear how you both were able to support yourselves and travel.
    This is the first blog post of yours I have seen as I was researching violent crime rates in Ireland and found that Leitrim has the best rating……so I googled around a bit and that is how I found your blog.

    We were just in Ireland last year this very week. It was a beautiful trip, just lovely. We met so many wonderful people. Slan!

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    • Hello. I wrote that post when we were living in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim and feeling very isolated. Small towns like Manorhamilton don’t have many resources for parents with very young children and I was usually stuck in the apartment all day. We now live in Carrick-on-Shannon and there are much better social opportunities here for parents (playgrounds, parent and toddler groups). If you want to live anywhere in Leitrim, I would highly recommend Carrick-on-Shannon over smaller towns. There is a thriving nightlife, especially on the weekends, ranging from small pubs with traditional music to a couple of busy discos. Everything in Carrick is within walking distance. There is even a coworking space called The Hive that we use sometimes.

      My husband and I both work online. He is a web designer. I also work part time in digital marketing, mainly doing PPC and Facebook ads for companies. This is what allows us to travel so many months of the year.

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      • That is good to know about Carrick-on-Shannon! Thank you. I see you will be leaving soon for other places. My husband and I are planning to come back to Ireland next summer about this time to the Galway area for three weeks to get to know the place even better and perhaps find contract work for me there. We are bringing our four children with us ranging in ages from 2-17……It will be a lot of fun!

        I could understand how being in an apartment in a small Irish town would feel very limiting. I remember being in an apartment with our first three children when they were smaller. 🙂

        Thank you for responding, Slan!

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