I've always enjoyed sharing the things I love with other people. If I find a great new restaurant, I want to let people know. If I've seen an amazing new film, I want to spread the word. If I've discovered a cool underground band, I try to do my part to get them heard by a wider audience. And if I've had the chance to visit somewhere nice, I want others to do the same.
For the past 5 years, Ireland has become a home, not just a place we've dropped in to see. In fact, I would guess Juli, Ashlyn, and I have seen more of this little island than most of its born and bred residents. There are some stunning areas of natural beauty dotted with towns and villages that are the definition of quaintness. So it's with great pleasure that we will welcome my sister Misty and 3 of her 4 children (her oldest son, Nathan, visited last summer) tomorrow morning. My parents are flying in today, but they've already been here before, so it won't be quite the unveiling that awaits the Boyles. We hope to take in most of Ireland's rugged and wild coast land as well some of its inland jewels. For Juli, Ashlyn, and me, it will be a nice way to say goodbye to the Garden of Eden of the North Atlantic. 20 more days and then a new adventure begins. - Shay