Dublin is amazing. It’s everything you expect it to be. The little houses packed together, the pubs everywhere and a Guinness logo on every street corner. The architecture is great, the people drive on the wrong side of the road and they have this accent that prevents you from understand what they say the first time around but that makes them so much more likable!
Backpacking is not the same as tourist travel. It’s a mind set of it’s own. It implies little comfort, smaller costs, and truer experiences. At least that’s my point of view.
It’s somewhat rare that people take 4 months off to travel the world. I think it takes guts. We haven’t lived through it yet, but we know we’re going to be exhausted at some point and that we won’t be “comfortable” very often. But I’m more afraid of settling down without living and adventure. The kind of adventure I’ll be able to remember and smile. And I need to have something to tell to my grand children when the time comes!
One might think we’re crazy to leave for 4 months. We might be, but not as much as you think. Sure you need funds for that kind of a trip, but not as much as you think. You don’t need to stay in a hotel, or even a hostel for 4 months. That would end up pretty costy. While we haven’t actually made a budget, which now that I think of it might have been a good idea, we’ve found a way of making the most of our short stays in each city and keep the costs low: Couchsurfing.
Most of our close friends speak French, and to all you guys, it might seem strange to read us in English. I sure hope it doesn’t drive you away from reading us. But we decided to write the blog in English for many reasons that I’ll try to explain further. Take this as an opportunity to practice your language skills. And if you don’t understand a thing, at least we’ll have a written piece to help us remember what happened day to day so we can tell you in French when we get back!