Cead mile failte. I have trouble spelling it and certainly never mastered saying it, but it means “a hundred thousand welcomes” in Irish and it really connected with me. This greeting embodies the feeling of being a visitor to Ireland which goes beyond just feeling welcome, to feeling they are really genuinely happy to have you. They don’t expect anything from you, they’re just glad you’ve come.
Ireland is a beautiful country in so many ways. The land varies from flat to rolling hills, all a million brilliant shades of green. Hillsides are crisscrossed by stone walls or hedgerows and dotted with hundreds of little white sheep. It’s not called the “Emerald Isle” for nothing. Around every curve in the (very) narrow winding road is another crumbling tower, medieval castle or historic abbey.