“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
After too short a visit with friends in Wales we headed by train to catch the Ferry from Fishguard, Wales to Rosslare, Ireland. Trains, buses and ferry transportation has been working well for us.
Overnighting in Fishguard was a nice find. We walked some of the Pembrokshire Coastal Path. The path dipped down into the village where we stopped (of course) for a fortifying pint at The Royal Oak Pub. This pub was the location in 1797 where the French and British signed a peace treaty. Listening to the present day patron’s chatter I tried to imagine the infinite amount of conversations and style of clothing this place has experienced in the last 225 years.
Speaking of pubs, as a side-note, next week I will hit 100 days without alcohol. I did wonder about sticking to the 100 day plan with so many historic pubs to visit, but turns out not a big deal. Every place offers 0.0 alcohol beers, including Guinness and ciders. Capturing the experience without the buzz or hangover 🍹😉
The highlight traveling to Ireland on the Stenaline ferry was meeting Katie O’Farrell. She took the table next to ours and for the next 3 1/2 hours mesmerized me with her stories, leaving an indelible impression that this woman is someone I expect to be reading more about in the future.
The attraction wasn’t just the Irish lilt in her voice and the way her eyes sparkled when she talked about her career as a Jump Jockey. It was how this 32 year old woman in a traditional man’s sport, framed her high and low career points with a positive spin. And then, after giving it all she could, knew it was time to retire and throw herself into a new passion. Katie suffered several concussions that showed her there isn’t enough help for injured athletes. She was heading home to Ireland to complete a masters degree in Sports Psychology.
Next post I’ll be writing about how I learned there is a lot more of interest in Waterford than the production of fine crystal. And surprise, I also met two very interesting people. Well, technically only one was a real life person as the other is long dead so our meeting was more of an introduction into his life.
I keep coming back to, it is the people we meet and/or learn about that enrich our travel experiences. We’ve been lucky on this trip and met many with the Gift of the Gab, especially here in Ireland 🍀