This last trip was my second adventure to Ireland. The first time I went I had heard about the Kilkee cliff walk, but hadn’t been able to make it there. Locals had told me they were smaller than the Cliffs of Moher and many other cliff sights but for some reason, it stuck with me. When I started to plan my second visit, there was voice in my head saying “you better make it to make it to Kilkee this time around”. I couldn’t explain why though, because I hadn’t seen any pictures of it.
The above picture is from the cliff walk, one of my all time favourite pictures I’ve ever taken. Let me tell you the place is stunning. It’s not overly heavy with tourists, and Kilkee is a small town so you’ll definitely experience a local feel if you ever go. When I got off the bus in Kilkee, it was a gorgeous sunny evening. I caught one look at the bay near my hostel, and knew instantly that it was the right place to visit. I spent the entire next day walking along the cliffs, and watching all of the activity on the beach.
One thing I constantly remind myself of, is that spending a day outdoors is the best way to hit the “reset” button on yourself. I woke up the morning of the cliff walk feeling tired, and not even remotely motivated to spend the day walking. I left Kilkee feeling refreshed and, more importantly, extremely happy.
If you experience that pull to go somewhere you’ve never visited before, for no apparent reason – GO.
The person I want to write about today I did not stumble upon, nor was it spontaneous. She is one of my younger sisters, and one of the most important people in my life. She’s the determined one that you don’t mess with. She’s driven, and my god is she ever stubborn. She’s the one who has your back the second you need her, and the one you don’t cross – especially when it comes to family. She lifts people up when they’re tearing themselves down, gives me pep talks when I need them, and quite frankly doesn’t take no for an answer if it isn’t the response she’s waiting for. She would be a skilled lawyer based on her arguing skills, and has that fiery passion to do well with her career, or anything she puts her energy towards. She tackles me when I get annoying (which is often by the way), and no matter how hard I try, she’s always tougher than me too.
She has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa and all of the attributes I listed before, are what will make her better. I look at her everyday, and marvel at how strong she is. It should be no secret by now how much of a fight mental illness is. I’m sure everyone reading this has had their own experience. To combat something that is present in her life on a daily basis, and accepting that this is the battle she is meant to fight, means she’s already well on her way to healing. I’m so proud of her for grabbing the bull by the horns, like she has with literally every other challenge in life, and when she’s comes back around, look out World.
My youngest sister has just started a “GoFundMe” page to help her out, so please take a second to read it and pass it along: https://www.gofundme.com/2cxx9hg
THIS IS WHAT RESILIENCE LOOKS LIKE.
My second last night in Dublin brought me back to one of my favourite pubs called “Merchant’s Arch” where a very talented singer/guitarist was performing. Post show, I ended up having a chat with him and his roommate, discovering that he performed six nights a week in Temple Bar. Now, everyone knows the Irish know how to party, but Daniel O’Sullivan (left) knows how to work it. I was mesmerized by his ability to sing any given request by tourists visiting from all over the globe, and how confident he is. Dublin is a very busy city, so to be sharing something he is so passionate about, with so many people watching, is a wonderful thing to be able to do. Dan is one of the most memorable Irish locals I met on my trip, so on my last night in Dublin, I made sure to catch him perform one more time before getting on my flight home. In the words of a fellow Canadian friend:
“He should have been signed yesterday“.
I have copied his Facebook link so be sure to take a look at his music. Happy Birthday Dan!
For a while now, I have been feeling this need to write, but couldn’t figure out where to start. I recently returned home from a backpacking trip through Ireland, and amongst the amazing people I met were two gyals (Anna & Rachel) from the US. They told me they had started a blog for their travels and it is the raddest thing -> http://www.outlawsummer.com
CHECK IT OUT.
I met A&R in what is now one of my favourite places in the entire world. A small town called “Glencolmcille” with a population of 200 people. A must see for those of you who prefer less people, and more natural beauty. The locals are wonderful and the sights are breathtaking, so please – if you’re in Ireland – make it up there.
I’ve been following their adventures since I met them, and I realized that this is the kind of project I’d like to try. Combining a love for taking photos, and a helpless addiction to spontaneous exploration, here goes my attempt at sharing some of my favourite shots.
Because this is my first blog EVER, I thought it fit to give a shout out to Anna & Rachel for inspiring me when we met, and motivating me to try something like this on my own. You two are very special people, and I wish you all the best on your future experiences!