I just saw that my Trip Advisor Travel Map says that I've visited 94 cities in 18 countries. 18 countries sounds like a lot, but there are still so many places that I want to go! I'm hoping to plan some trips soon to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. I also really want to go to Russia and I still haven't been to Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, or New Zealand, or even Texas for that matter.
I spent the last few days in Dublin. I flew from Nice to Dublin with Elizabeth where we met up with some of my friends from Schaumburg: Mauro, Jenny, and Peising (who now lives in LA).
My whole trip was great, but Dublin was by far my favorite city of the trip. As soon as we arrived I felt at home and I LOVED how friendly everyone was. I overheard a woman on the plane saying that a friend once told her that the Irish weren't friendly, they were just really nosy. :-) Either way, it was a refreshing change from Zurich. Don't get me wrong, I love living in Zurich, but I really miss people smiling at you as you walk down the street and letting you ahead of them out a train door instead of just pushing through like you're not even there.
Even the guy checking our passports was super-friendly. "Slowinski....that's not Irish. Do you have any Irish in you? There's lots of Irish in Chicago. You know Mr. Obama has a bit of Irish in him."
When I arrived back in Zurich the man checking my passport saw my US pasport, stared me down, mumbled something quietly, stared at me again, stamped my passport, and then let me through.
We did a lot in Dublin, but what I really liked the most was the atmosphere and the people. I just felt completely at home there.