I have a white noise app on my phone that has a variety of noises to aid in sleep, concentration, or relaxation. I honestly don't use it very much, but when I do open it, I don't set it to any of the static sounds, or relaxing sounds, or even the laundry setting (where you can listen to a dryer). My default is Traveling Cars. I love the sounds of cars on the road. This goes back ages to when I was a kid traveling with my family in our large Ford Econoline van. My dad preferred to drive in the dead of night, so many summer nights were spent falling asleep to the sounds of cars and semis passing by as we rolled on to the next National Park. So, while I love the silence of night (especially in the country), I kind of prefer the sounds of the road a bit better.
I can distinctly remember a number of my past houses having a variety of transportation sounds within earshot. In my Ballard house (in Seattle), I could hear the road, but also the trains going over the tracks near the Sound, and even the boat horns as they past through to get to the open sea. In downtown Chicago, I heard the hustle and bustle of the city, but also the garbage men coming in the early morning and hearing glass bottles break upon each other as the bars' recycling bins were taken away. Even in Blarney (Ireland), when I was surrounded by cows and fields, I heard the motorway and the Irish Rail train on either side of the farmhouse.
And here, in this house in Cork, I fall asleep to the road sounds, but I also hear the rumble of airplanes over head. Thanks to my house being on the flight path to Cork Airport (which isn't too many kilometers away), I can look out my window and see planes either preparing for landing, or just off to get to their destination. So, it's no wonder, as I watch the planes and wonder where they're coming from or where they're off to, I wish I was on that plane going to a new city in a new country to meet new people.
So, it's no wonder that I need to go exploring. My wanderlust is at its peak again. I have only a few local 'trips' planned before the New Year and then a trip to the States planned for February, but beyond that my travel calendar is wide open -- and I can't stand it!
I feel like it's been ages since I've been on a plane. That it's been too long since I stepped into a new city and had to figure out where I was, what I was doing, and where I needed to go. I didn't realize how much I grew accustomed to that this past year. I need to learn about myself again. And that's what traveling in a new city allows me to do.
While my bank account won't allow for too many trips in the near future, I do have plans to get out in the late winter/early spring. Prague, Budapest, and so many other places are calling my name!
In the meantime, though, I've been going through my pictures from 2014. I realized that while I shared some with you, I didn't do a proper post with edited, cropped images. So, here begins a 'series' of sorts as I make my way through my hundreds of pictures.
You can click the image to enlarge.
To begin, I'll take you back to February, when I first landed in Dublin. I spent about two weeks traveling around Ireland before landing in Cork... so here we go:
Next week will be Cork!
In the meantime, what trips do you have planned? And more importantly, can I come with you?!