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“I can’t control the wind but I can adjust the sail.” ~ Ricky Skaggs

June 18, 2018

Sometimes it is best to take a deep breath and realize that you can not, as hard as you try, control things.  It is hard if you are a planner or the wife of a planner.  It is difficult to let things run their course.  Some people will say what is the difference as long as you made it to where you were going.  Hey, that is awesome if it works for you!  It does not for me.  Today was a travel day in a different way then the rest of the week.  We flew on Ryan Air to Dublin.  To be honest, I thought that it was going to be a disaster, like the horror stories of Spirit Airlines I have heard.  It actually went quite smoothly.  Breakfast at the hotel was delicious and the vans showed up to take us to the airport and the drivers walked us right to the terminals we had to check in.  The check in process and security was pretty unremarkable.  Ryan Air has you wait in a giant area with seating and restaurants until the gate shows on the screen, or the delay.  Fortunately, it was only a short delay.  I’ve never flown Ryan Air before and not sure I would again.  The “upgraded” seats were very small and uncomfortable and if you wanted anything there was a charge.  Bottom line we arrived at Dublin airport without much of a delay and safely and with all of our bags.  Then the delay began.  They sorted the European Union and the non-European Union citizens and we waited for customs, and waited and waited some more.  The process was slow and inefficient and frustrating and after an hour and a half we made it past customs.  Welcome to Ireland.

We freshened up quickly and were off to “The Irish House Pardy” in Dublin.  The Irish House Party is a truly unique experience in Dublin. The evening consisted of a dinner followed by  traditional Irish music and Irish dancing at its very best, performed by All Ireland champion musicians, dancers and entertaining presenters. They played the Irish Flute, the Uillean Pipes, a guitar and Bodhran.

It was an enchanting evening of music and dance and some story telling after a wee bit of a frustrating travel day.

 

“Sometimes I wish that I could go into a time machine right now and just look at myself and say, ‘Calm down. Things are gonna be fine. Things are gonna be all great. Just relax.'”

~Tristan Wilds

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