I have reached a milestone. I applied for my passport... and I am traveling overseas for the first time. No longer can I say that the only foreign country I've been to is Canada, and it was so long ago that you didn't even need a passport.
For two years, my best friend has lived in Ireland, and I haven't been to see her once. Because it's expensive. Because anytime it might be possible, some expense comes up (like my water heater breaking). Because Gene wants to come with me, and sending two people to Europe is considerably more expensive than just sending one. Especially when just one person goes, you don't have to worry about lodging but two people can't stay at a friend's apartment.
It was actually Gene's idea. He decided that it was silly that he was the only reason I wasn't seeing my best friend while she's living in another country. Opporunities like this don't come up often, and I don't know when else I'll be able to see another country without having to worry about a hotel AND get to spend it with one of my favorite people. Plus all of the stuff that we'd want to do is NOT exactly stuff that he'd want to do. And he gets severely motion sick, so he'd be no good most of the trip.
OMG I'm so excited. I need to get a larger memory card for my camera. I need to get rain boots. I need to knit myself a sweater. I'm thinking of the Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague. I have the pattern, and I had started it in a different yarn but wasn't crazy about it (non superwash, yuck) and I messed up the first sleeve. And then I got super yummy Lorna's Laces for Christmas in Dusk. SO PRETTY.
So... I need travel tips! I haven't flown on a plane since 2003. I've never had a flight more than 1 hour before, and this one is almost 7 hours. What's your best travel experience?? I don't want the worst... I live in a land where your luggage always gets there, there is never turbulence, and airplanes fueled by magic and rainbows.
(oh, by the way, my title means "One ticket to Dublin, please.")