Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Home is where the heart is

There is so much truth in that statement, if you ask me. No matter where you come from, no matter where you've been to, in the end, the place we call home, the home we want to return to, is right where the heart is. As you already know if you read my previous post, my days in Dublin are over and I'm back in Basel, Switzerland. I'm back home, though this home is quite far away from the place I was born and the city I grew up. But this is where Boyfriend is, and with him my heart. So this is home. I guess.

When I left to Ireland half a year ago I wasn't expecting to be back so soon but somehow life got in between. I cannot say I was 100% happy in Dublin but I really enjoyed my time in Ireland and liked my job there. But circumstances changed along the way and at some point in autumn I decided that I would be better off quitting my job and going back to Switzerland than staying in Dublin. Only for personal reasons. Life is about to change for ever for Boyfriend and I during 2015 and being together at home will definitely make things easier for us. And for me. 

Leaving Dublin was not as easy as I thought it would be. My last weeks were rather emotional and I was very sad to quit my job after so little time. I always knew it was not the job of my life but it was not bad at all and I had grown fond of all the lovely and talented people I worked with. For the first time in my life I wasn't dreading going to work. I dreaded jumping out of bed as mornings got darker and colder but I actually looked forward to going to work. But that's life and as someone told me, things happen for a reason and now I'm back home. So be it.

I still have some stories to tell you about Dublin that never got blogged while I was there, like my love for tea with scones or my day in Howth. Hopefully, I'll get back in the blogging track now that I have more free time and a new laptop (finally!). Until then, here are some pics of a Christmassy Dublin. What a gorgeous thing it was!

GPO Dublin


Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Christmas market Dublin

Bank of Ireland, Dublin

Have a lovely evening and enjoy the very last hours of 2014!

Monday, December 29, 2014

It was (almost) a white Christmas

Almost. Christmas Day wasn't particularly cold and didn't see a single snowflake fall from the sky. However, temperatures dropped this past weekend and yesterday the city woke up covered in white. It had been snowing all night, it continued snowing during most of the day and it is still snowing today.

I am back in Basel, Switzerland, and I've been lucky enough to enjoy a bit of a white holiday this year. Last winter we waited and waited but there weren't any snowfalls, not even some snowy rain. Last winter wasn't cold at all, I recall. Anyway, I know I probably own you some sort of update on my life after this long absence from Blogland, especially after hinting that my brief stay in Ireland is over. Well, everything in its due time but in the meantime, here are some photos I took yesterday while I enjoyed myself in this winter wonderland.

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Quick Post for Christmas

Oh my, oh my, can't believe it is already this time of the year. Can't believe another year has almost gone by in the blink of an eye ... well, not really that fast. I know, this year I've been a terrible blogger and I haven't been around here for the past three months. Maybe it's time for that to change. Or maybe it's just time to call it off. Whatever happens, I just wanted to write a few lines to wish you all a wonderful holiday with all those you love. I get giddy with excitement whenever the xmas season is round the corner and this year wasn't any different. In fact, I'm trying to enjoy as much as I can because next year Christmas will be very different from all previous Christmas. Life is about to change forever around here ... it has already changed quite a lot in that last half year! Anyway, this is no time to read blogs, it is the time to be jolly, to eat and drink merrily and to celebrate with our loved ones. So, I'm gonna keep it short and sweet and from me to you, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Love, Irene

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