A hundred thousand welcomes! I am in Dublin!
I arrived last night at about 9:00 pm to about 50 degrees and winds of about 40mph! I am definitely not in Kansas (i.e. Italy) anymore although the winds could certainly sweep me off to Oz!
It is very odd to suddenly be around English speakers. I am so conditioned to speak in Italian now that it is a bit confusing, and disappointing! I feel a little stripped of my newly developing Italian persona!
So how did I end up here? On Sunday evening, in Lucca, I began to look at hotel options in Bologna (what I though would be my next stop) and then airfare options from Bologna to Dublin for the following week as my mother is having cataract surgery on the 14th. To sum it up, things just weren’t going my way! I then looked at flights from Pisa to Dublin and they were available and cheap (Ryan Air) so signs were pointing me in this direction.
I called mia madre on Sunday night and we decided Tuesday was a good day for my arrival. As such, I regrettably packed my bags.
On Tuesday morning, I went downstairs to check out of the hotel and was informed that the transportation employees declared a strike! Due to the economy, union contracts are under pressure for reform and the workers are none to happy about it!
Fortunately for me, the bus employees weren’t going on strike until 3:00 pm and my flight was scheduled for 5:40 pm so the timing worked well for me and I took the 1:00 bus to be on the safe side (the bus from Lucca to the Pisa airport takes about an hour, and costs €3.00).
When I arrived at the airport all the planes were cancelled! It was a mess! Long story short was that the airport employees were on strike from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm so Ryan Air just moved my flight from 5:40pm to 6:00pm. I was really very lucky as there were many, many people on lines trying to figure out how to arrange alternate flight options / transportation!
I am not quite sure how long I will stay in Ireland, certainly through next weekend. I do need to hunker down to some routine of practicing Italian and drilling myself on vocabulary and verbs, etc., as I am a bit worried about letting it slip away and I may take a quick trip back to Italy after my stint in Ireland.
In regards to the blog, hmmm, I am not sure if I will post every day while I am here. In my head I wonder what I could possibly blog about in the next week or so as I am overly familiar with Ireland and things just don’t jump out at me as being curious or interesting! I know it is awful, but I take them for granted! I will try and see things through the eyes of a tourist / newbie to keep you entertained.
In the meantime, keep me in your thoughts and prayers as sometimes things with my mother can go terribly wrong so I need all the help I can get!
Thank goodness I lit a lot of candles in Italy! Ha!!