So, I’ve been feeling this way a lot lately – being homesick for places I haven’t been yet. The list of cities and countries I want to experience goes on and on for what seems like pages. I suppose I could just say I want to go everywhere – that would make me one happy girl.
Fernweh is the almost-equivalent German word for wanderlust. But for me, fernweh strikes more true to me than wanderlust. Wanting to see the entire world can be formulated into these two words – but why I resonate better with fernweh is because it’s a feeling deep within your soul – a feeling that the life you’re living in one spot isn’t enough. What we can learn and enjoy from traveling is infinite, and those of us who recognize this are homesick for exactly that: a place unfamiliar.
Love all these bright colors!
Where is your fernweh taking you this week? Sound off in the comments belows, I’d love to hear where you are wanting to go!
The best part about my host mom when I was studying abroad in Ireland was the proximity of her house to two things: The Autobahn (sweet pub in Glasnevin) and the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Did you see what I did there?
The first night my roommate and I arrived, while walking to a pub to meet the rest of the students and professors for dinner, we passed the Botanic Gardens. Wanting to check it out, but not having any money, we kept walking – only to find out a week later admission is free!
Established in 1795 by the Irish Parliament, the primary role of the gardens is for research, although it’s open to the public and the layout is set up in a way that is engaging and interesting to visitors. According to the website, the National Botanic Gardens is home to over 300 endangered plants and 6 species that are already extinct in the wild. Who knew?
Here are my favorite photos – as you an tell, I like to get up close an personal with plants. You won’t be able to resist either – look at these beauties!
Since the Gardens are free, I highly suggest checking them out. You can spend an hour here or an entire day, or come and go as you please – there’s definitely enough to look at. If you want to spend an entire day experiencing the lushness of Ireland, consider checking out Powerscourt Gardens as well.
Here’s some practical stuff you’ll need to know:
Hours of Operation:
Winter Hours – October 31 to February 1
Monday – Friday 9 – 4:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays 10 – 4:30 pm
Summer Hours – March to October
Monday – Friday 9 – 5 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays 10 – 6 pm
Getting To The Gardens:
There are plenty of ways to get to the gardens, whether it’s by foot, bus, taxi, or car. We happened to live about a 10 minute walk from the gardens but the other students took buses. The public transportation in Dublin is pretty reliable, so if you don’t feel like renting a car, you’re in luck! You can reach the gardens by bus numbers 4, 9, and 83.
For more options and a map, check out the website.
Have you been to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland? What did you think? Sound off below!
For those of you who are enchanted by the Twilight series, I spent a little time up in the Olympic Peninsula where it is based – and even drove through Forks! It really wasn’t what I expected – it was a super small town with not much to offer except Twilight related businesses, but as we continued to drive, I started to recognize the enchantment of the foggy beaches, cold water, and lush rainforest described in the series.
This photo was taken at Ruby Beach, a part of Washington state’s coastline. I felt like it was taken straight from a scene out of the Twilight movies….
With the dramatic, emerald mountains, the Soca River with it’s crystal blue water, and of course, all the outdoor activities (including the hydrospeeding, where I had a splash with death…), Bovec has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve been thus far.
This photo was taken straight from our apartment with a beautiful view of the mountains and a rainbow!