A few months ago, my dad and I surprised my mom with a round-trip ticket to Dublin. She was overcome with emotion at the thought of leaving her babies (my little brothers) for a week, but alas she was able to overcome that and grew very keen on the idea of seeing my world over here in Ireland. I quickly got to work making an itinerary for us, and soon our travels included several more countries besides Ireland! We’re now about halfway through our whirlwind trip and have been to Dublin, London, and Lisbon. We’re currently in Frankfurt checking out the Christmas market, but that will get its own post because it’s worth it!
To be honest, having my mom here was a little bizarre at first… because having my two worlds collide was something I never expected to happen. It’s been such a blessing to have her here though, because it’s something I always dreamed would happen! I forgot how goofy and typically American my mom was, so she’s been super
embarrassing entertaining to say the least. Especially when she does things like stop in the middle of the sidewalk to start dancing to “Carwash” as it blares from a restaurant’s speakers…
After showing her around a couple of my favorite places in Dublin, we flew away to London- my absolute favorite city in the world! It was my 4th trip to London this year and each time I still am starstruck by Big Ben. We walked about 14 miles on out biggest sightseeing day and were absolutely wrecked by the end of the day. My mom- who’s used to driving everywhere and considers cardio to be the walk from the couch to the pantry for a Kit-Kat- did so well! I’m so proud that she hasn’t complained about walking at all. Or maybe she just doesn’t want to give me the satisfaction of letting me know she can’t handle the walk…
Our next stop was Lisbon. This is my favorite little underrated city! Everyone was so kind, and we stayed in a proper hostel (albeit, one of the nicest ones in the city), so my mom could see what that experience would be like. While in Lisbon, we ate local food, visited a Catholic pilgrimage site in Fatima, and enjoyed the warmer winter weather we’re so used to back home in Texas!
It’s been a crazy busy week, but traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do and it’s been so much fun getting to experience these things with my mom. I haven’t taken as many pictures because I’ve been savoring my moments in Europe before I return to Texas next week. Plus, my mom has taken 10,000 pictures on her camera- so more will be posted later! We still have a couple stops left before Dublin, so I’ll definitely be updating soon about all that!