A dream becomes reality

Have you ever shared a dream with someone for as long as you can remember?  Well, since I can remember (probably about 20 years), my sister and I have dreamt of seeing Ireland together.  I think it all stemmed from a series of books we read when we were in high school/junior high respectively, but regardless it has been a shared dream that has stuck with us as we both grew and our lives became complicated with work as well as other issues and joys.

As most all of you know from my Twitter feed, Facebook posts, and even a St. Patrick’s Day post here, we finally did it!  Since Renee is stationed in Germany right now, we decided this was the time to make it happen!   

I had an exhausting 24 hours or so of travel which included the drive from Cody to Billings, a flight from Billings to Minneapolis, a flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam, and a flight from Amsterdam to Dublin.  While in Minneapolis, I was treated to a new experience…free IPads to use all over their internationl gate area!  I was able to order food and a few adult beverages to help me relax for the long flight ahead.

Who knew the Minneapolis airport was so cool?! Free use of IPads!

Who knew the Minneapolis airport was so cool?! Free use of IPads!

My Amsterdam layover was frustrating for me because it was my first time making a connection in a foreign country where English wasn’t the primary language.  Granted, I  have traveled to and through a few other countries before, but the non-English as a first language countries were my final destination.  While there were English signs everyhere, the airport still seemed to overwhelm me, but that was likely because I was also slightly sleep deprived by this point.  Before I knew it, I was boarding my flight to Dublin!

This plan would take me to Ireland!

This plan would take me to Ireland!

And then, I had made it; I was finally in Ireland, and I couldn’t believe it was really happening!

Of course Teton Sports had to come along for the trip ;)

Of course Teton Sports had to come along for the trip 😉

After waiting another hour for Nee, we were there, together, and our dream was reality!

This is the first of many more posts to come about our week together in Ireland, and yes, we were there for Paddy’s Day or as you likely know it, St. Patrick’s Day.  I am also pleased to announce that Renee (who I also refer to as Nee) will be guest writing at least one post in this series.  She has opted to write about our days in Dublin, so stay tuned for that and many more amazing stories, pictures, and tales from our time on the beautiful Emerald Isle.

Our first picture together in Ireland!

Our first picture together in Ireland!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rochelle on April 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Yay! What a fabulous trip and to get to fulfill a dream to boot, even better! I can’t wait to hear more. Especially about those snow-capped mountains! Thanks for the tales!


  2. so awesome, Kristie! I went once a few years ago and would love to go back someday, but it sounds like your trip was both a whole lot of fun and incredibly meaningful for you and your sister. so cool!


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