Growing up in a close-knit family makes it much harder to make that decision to leave home in order to explore different places and follow your dreams. Although, being away from my family, makes my trips home really exciting. I currently live in Dublin, which may not seem too far from Cork but driving roughly 4 hours before reaching West Cork, makes it seem like I’m travelling the length of Ireland. I grew up in a small town called Skibbereen with my mom, dad, and older sis. Travelling to Cork city was an annual trip on the bus, with my friends in order to buy as many clothes as we could to get us through all the discos and outings West Cork had to offer. Many years later, I moved to the big smoke and studied in Cork for 4 years, worked there for a little bit and now this leads me to Dublin.
When I get the opportunity to go home, I take full advantage of the lovely country walks that you couldn’t find anywhere else. I am very lucky that my home is a stone’s throw from the sea, which is a bonus for me as I grew up exploring the West Cork Coast with my family. There’s a stony beach about a 10-minute walk away (this is the photo above), a quiet sandy beach around a 10-minute kayak away and seaside villages a short potter in a punt.
Dublin city never seems to stop or sleep, when I need to switch off from the crazy city life, I find myself sitting on one of the beaches at home, relaxing, skimming stones, collecting shells, looking out at the horizon and appreciating my surroundings. Sometimes I don’t even bump into anyone along the way.
Another favourite thing about going home for me, besides seeing my family of course – is seeing Poppy, my little puppy. She gets so excited to see me and we both can’t cope when I leave again. Growing up in such a small town, there’s always someone about to go for coffee with, in Skibbereen. My trip home is like a little holiday for me and it honestly takes leaving home to appreciate the smaller things in life. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and welcoming home.
If you are ever looking for a place to visit, to get away from the busy city life, here is a link to my hometown on Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/TdvHU4JPRCo
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For me, there’s no place like home and there never will be!