When she was in college, Amy spent a week in Mexico with some friends, and about seven years ago she and I had spent about three days in Canada.  That sums up our total travel outside the United States until thirteen months ago. While we both had long wanted to travel, it just hadn’t happened until just over a year ago, when we moved to Ireland.

Besides living in Ireland, we’ve visited Scotland, England, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Spain, and Egypt.  We’ve been on the Thames, the Danube, and the Nile.  We’ve hiked around the Alps and in the mountains of Spain.

We’ve seen the Tate Modern, the British Museum, and the Egyptian Museum.  We’ve seen the Charles Bridge, London Bridge, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Alhambra, Sagrada Familia, the pyramids, the sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings.  We’ve been in more castles than I can remember.

We took up flag rugby, relearned a little Spanish, and took lessons in Arabic.  I participated in a Spencer Tunick installation and Amy learned to ceili dance.  And Amy finally got her driver’s license!