Heading off tomorrow is a familar dance -- of preparation, both for travels and at home. House sitter and plants - check; last vegetables harvested and cooked - check. Refrigerator empty of things that could moulder away - check.
But the more interesting reflection is around the journeying. Heading to a developed country (Ireland), where they speak English, is hardly as challenging as traveling in the developing world, but perhaps that's a good thing. We'll be able to enjoy the fellowship as well as the spectacular scenery!
Ireland will be a lovely country to visit, I'm totally sure. It'll be free-wheeling, with a rental car, anchored by a 5-day retreat in the Beara Peninsula.
It's reminding me of previous (solo) trips to England and Germany, for some reason.
I'm taking much the same gear, but not my old digital camera -- it'll be the iPhone this time along with our small Panasonic.
This was my gear in England, on a self-guided garden study tour several years ago. It's the same for this trip, minus the acquired Kew Gardens tote and the BGCI bag, which I still use for all sorts of things, but including a small backpack (for the laptop, ugh, which I'm bringing because of the retreat, and its voice to text capabilities). Only when there's a car in the plan does a laptop make sense anymore.