We are in Ireland for the month of June. We kind of had to. Well, specifically, we had to leave Italy because Greg doesn’t yet have a permesso to stay there. Therefore we have to abide by the Schengen Area rule that basically states you can be in Italy (and much of western Europe) three out of every six months.
Ireland is not included in that Schengen Area so we took a trip there. Unfortunately, I’m not a master at planning trips and seem to find myself booking things making too many assumptions. Things like, oh it will be easy to get to.
Boy was I wrong for the Ireland trip.
When looking for places outside of the Schengen Area I looked at Ireland. Searching AirBnB brought me to a groovy-as-hell, super old schoolhouse for rent. For cheap! (I know why it was cheap now – the remote location.) But the reviews promised a really neat experience.
I never considered the travel to and from. I wrongly assumed that Ireland would be as easily connected by trains as I found the UK.
Well, long story short, our travel day from Italy to Ireland included the following…
- Taxi to the train station in Rovigo
- Train from Rovigo to Bologna
- Bus from Bologna train station to the Bologna airport
- Flight from Italy to Ireland
- Bus from from Dublin to Wexford.
- Bus from Wexford to Ballinaboola.
- Car ride from Ballinaboola to Ballyhack – the super itty bitty fishing village in southeast Ireland.
Not a cheap travel day, nor very fun. So many timelines to keep straight. What was I thinking? Well, I know… I didn’t realize all that would be involved in getting from Rovigo to Ballyhack. Plus… two huge suitcases, backpacks, purses and my husband who can’t carry the suitcases because of his foot and hip, leaving me to move them up and down the stairs when the elevators aren’t working. At least I got my workout in that day.