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Our fifth country on our way around the world turned out to be Ireland. After having spent more than 10 months away from Europe we felt that this was a good place to start our “soft landing” - moving closer to home. Our arrival in Munich was planned to take place in early April.

So, on a very early morning in early February 2014 we touched ground in Dublin's International Airport. The rain was pouring down and the wind was howling. We had spent the previous week on Manhattan in a biting frost. The average temperature never got above 0 degrees celsius, and on Manhattan it is pretty much always windy around the skyscrapers. That was a cold experience! So we did not mind the milder temperatures and ignored the rain!

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Ring of Kerry & the last port of Titanic

Quite a few people never make it further than Dublin when visiting Ireland. And although Dublin may be a great place to go for an extended weekend or city-tour, I go to Ireland for the remote wilderness and the stunning scenery. I like to go to the far west, where everything is as original and undisturbed as can be, and where most signs are in gaelic.

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Connemara

This is my third visit to Ireland, and just like the previous times we have chosen to go to the magnificent Connemara area. It contains some of the most beautiful and wild nature Ireland has to offer.

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Northern Ireland

Jet lag! So, it really hit us after all! We have been on the road for well over 10 months and we have always flown in the same direction around the earth. So far we have been able to avoid jet lag by simply flying at the right times of the day and arriving on more or less “human” hours, thus “circumventing” the daily rhythm and the habits of our bodies without too much of an issue. But the flight from New York to Dublin began in the evening and only lasted 5,5 hours from terminal to terminal. With the 5 hours that Dublin is ahead of New York we ended up arriving at apprx. 0700 in the morning without having slept properly (the trip simply wasn’t long enough to fully relax and calm down). This knocked us out and we had to take an afternoon nap in our Dublin hotel room. This then led to insomnia the following night, etc etc. As I write these lines we have been in Ireland well over a week and we have just barely gotten rid of the fatigue. But taken into consideration how many miles we have traveled during the past year I actually think this is quite OK. It could have been much worse!

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