You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?
I woke up one morning lying on the beach of the Irish Sea. I quickly sat up and looked at the beauty surrounding me with pleasure. For a long time, I just sat there in awe. I thought I was still dreaming, but everything felt so real; the sand, the sun, the sea.
Joggers and walkers were starting to come out for their morning run or walk. I finally stood up. It was a good thing that I slept in shorts and a tee shirt, but I had no shoes on my feet, and soon discovered, no money in my pockets. I walked down to the sea and washed the sleep out of my eyes and off my face. I walked up the steps and found myself in Dublin. I walked around the city admiring the architecture of the buildings. The aroma of the many restaurants blended together, making my stomach growl.
I followed some signs and found myself at the garden of Leinster House in the Merrion Square. The rich colors of the flowers and shrubs drew my attention. I was able to find some museums, that were free, to wander in. I love museums and gardens.
As I continued to walk, I came upon Phoenix Park, an expansive grassland with forested areas, trial, and trees. I sat on a bench with an elderly lady and struck up a conversation. She shared her bread, cheese, fruit, and water with me, while she told me the fascinating history and tales of Ireland.
It was late afternoon when we parted. I made my way back to the beach of the Irish Sea. I sat and watched the sunset and thought about the lovely events of the day. I had no money, but I made a friend. The beauty and sights of Dublin had fulfilled me more than I ever thought a visit to Ireland could. My last thought, before I fell asleep under the stars of Dublin, was, “I wouldn’t mind waking up here every morning.”
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A day late is better than never!