After leaving the Seychelles and arriving here in Ireland we had 5 days to do as much as we could before our return home, and we stayed busy! Starting the day we arrived we went to a couple popular attractions here in Dublin before preparing for a day trip we took on Monday to Northern Ireland. The trip lasted all day and we got the chance to explore Belfast City, along with visiting the Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle. It was a busy day but it was nice to travel across Ireland for the day!
The following two days we explored Dublin and saw pretty much everything we could from the Guiness Factory and Jameson Distillery to the National Museum of Ireland and the Dublin Wax Museum. We kept busy and definitely learned a lot!
Now we’re getting ready for our last trek back to the States and though the traveling has been fun we look forward to going home and planning our next big journey!
After officially leaving the Seychelles we finally made it to Ireland! Two long flights, a lot of time waiting in airports and barely making our flight in Abu Dhabi we landed in Dublin, what a difference! Though it’s been sad to leave the place we’ve been living in for two months we are excited to explore even more before our return home!
Right when we stepped off the plane we knew we were far away from the Seychelles, the 30 degree difference definitely changes things! We took a bus into Dublin city centre and realized we had over 5 hours before we could check into our hotel so we had some time to burn!
We walked around the city a bit before deciding to go to Kilamahain Gaol, an old prison in Dublin. It was a place we tried to go to in our last trip but didn’t have enough time so we were excited to finally see the inside of the jail! The history was amazing and the tour was awesome and informative!
Afterwards we could finally check into our hotel and we were amazed by the little things like a fully functioning bathroom with hot water and a huge bed! After living so simple for two months having commodities like that is amazing!
Now we are preparing for our few days we have in Ireland and can’t wait to travel around just a little bit more before our return home!
Our final week has come and gone and it’s crazy to think 8 weeks ago we were just starting our journey and now we’re getting ready to leave! This trip has been full of learning experiences that we will never forget. From helping the conservation on the island move forward through surveys and censuses to meeting people from all over the world and even just learning to live not only in a different country but the lifestyle changes of living in an old leper colony with an off the grid solar power system and toilets that don’t flush. The memories and learning experiences make this trip worthwhile in every way possible. Though it hasn’t all been fun and games, the hard work and tough experiences we’ve all been through, it all pays off and makes the journey an adventure, not a vacation.
This week, for our last week, we finally had our Charity Challenge in which we organized and raised almost $500 for the SSPCA here in the Seychelles! Not to mention the awesome fun games we got to participate in! We all painted ourselves in our team colors and ran around the island facing off in different challenges. We then had a volleyball tournament followed by a trivia night and when all said and done the yellow team came out victorious, but we all still got champagne and candy.
We also did a final hike of Mt Curieuse and got to see more amazing views of the island one last time! Though the hike can be a rough one the views make it well worth it.
Now we are finishing up our packing and getting ready for the next leg in our trip that will take us to Ireland before finally returning home!
Though the goodbyes will be bittersweet and we feel like we could stay even longer the return home will be welcomed.
Overall our experience here in the Seychelles will be one not forgotten and we hope we were able to share a part of our journey with you.
Tomorrow we leave for Ireland and after a couple long flights we will be far far away from the place we called home for the last 2 months but ready to begin the next step in our trip!
Seven weeks already? It’s hard to believe that there is only a week left for us in the Seychelles when it seems like we just arrived. As the last month comes to an end we still find ourselves busy while we continue to organize the fundraising event for next week along with finishing up all of the surveys for the month.
This week we spent a lot of time on turtle walks, whether it be excavating nests that have already hatched or marking a new nest from the tracks left in the sand we kept busy! We visited Anse Badamier, one of the “best” beaches in the Seychelles, on Wednesday to excavate a few turtle nests, along with capturing some really good views!
We also found ourselves some spare time to construct a raft similar to the one Tom Hanks makes in the movie Cast Away! Surprisingly it floated alright and it’s safe to say we were all proud of our creation.
We also had the opportunity to see not only turtle hatchlings while on a long turtle walk, but some other Curieuse wildlife like hermit crabs, tortoises, and a praying mantis!
Lastly yesterday we had the opportunity to head over to Praslin to assist a local organization called TRASS, in helping them build a greenhouse and clear space for a plant nursery to grow more native plants to plant across Praslin. They are a small group of locals who are trying to revegetate areas of the island that are bare due to forest fires. It was really cool to be able to help some of the local people along with getting filmed and making Seychelles National TV!
With only one week left we look forward to the busy days to come along with our final experiences here in the Seychelles. It’ll be a bittersweet goodbye but all of the priceless memories and pictures we’ve gained will stay with us forever!