Last year I told you about my experiences with Halloween and that I consider it to be one of the most interesting feasts I know.
Last years Halloween in Hamburg was fun – and I still owe you the review on the HellNights part of it – but it was still just Halloween in Germany and the same old story I already told you about.
We ended up in an Irish pub on the Reeperbahn, with a hilarious live band, nice drinks and a really funny barwoman, but the only costume was a Batman that briefly entered the room…
This isn’t technically something bad, but as you might remember did I also tell you that
it is one of my goals to one day spent a Halloween in the U.S. and/or other places with Halloween/Samhain traditions to see how it is celebrated there at first hand.
(Quote from the other post)
And guess what?
That’s what I’m doing this time. 😀
Throughout the year I discovered a more thorough interest in a certain country and as I already told you in my review for The Hunter’s Moon do I blame this on several posts by The Fairytale Traveler and Ed Mooney Photography.
With this and the fact that I still had quite a bunch of vacation days left for the remainder of the year an idea started to form.
An idea that became a plan that would have me spent
Halloween in Ireland
(and not just in an Irish pub 😉 ).
The original plan spanned over two weeks, starting from the 24th October to the 2nd November. This way I would have also been able to attend the Bram Stoker Festival. Unfortunately everyone I asked or told about this was unable to cover the costs for such a trip. With no one to accompany me, on what would have been my first flight ever, I canned the idea and stopped thinking about it.
Yet, it was still there at the back of my mind, waiting to be unleashed again. I wanted to go and the fact that I was also suffering from Fernweh at that time didn’t really help my case. In the meantime I had changed my plans to spent Halloween in Hamburg again. This time with a former fellow student of mine: Janzy (the one from the Jazzfrühling).
But when the trip to the MPS in Hamburg didn’t still this urge to go travelling, the idea returned on our way back.
Hamburg has an airport after all.
Not even a day after the medieval festival I started making preparations for the shortened trip (only from the 31st October to the 1st November) by working up my courage to write to one of the persons that started it all: Edward Mooney.
With his amazing help I managed to not just get an outline of activities, but also learn about things I would have otherwise spent hours googling for the same information.
Let this be a HUGE (public) THANK YOU, Ed!
As I wanted to surprise Janzy with this idea and give her a part of it as Birthday present did I not tell her at first and simply grinned like an idiot when she mentioned wanting to visit Ireland when we were on the phone one evening.
Still, the more concrete my plans became, the more I felt that I’d be overwhelming her if I only told her on my arrival.
Yet, I wanted to SEE her reaction. Luckily there are things like Skype. 😉
When I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer and had her ok, that she wouldn’t mind travelling somewhere two hours away from Hamburg we changed from phone to Skype for the revelation.
The part I gave her as gift was The Dublin Ghostbus Tour and I sent her the link for it.
She scrolled up and down the page to then start the following conversation
“And where do I see where it is?”
“Up at the top in the headline: DUBLIN Ghostbus.”
“Yes, but there isn’t a Dublin two hours away [from Hamburg].”
“Sure, by plane.”
The gears were visibly turning in her head until realization dawned upon her.
“No, no, I can’t accept that as a gift!”
“Everything is already planned.”
She was really delighted, yet shocked, about this turn of events.
And I was glad she liked the idea as much as she did. 🙂
So now after booking everything, struggling with car rentals and anticipating this moment for months it is finally happening!
When you are reading this post we hopefully safely landed in Dublin! 😀
Shortly afterwards we’ll be renting our car to drive up to Navan for our B&B and then a bit further to Athboy for the Torchlit Procession to the Hill of Ward (Tlachtga).
Tomorrow we’ll be exploring Newgrange, Tara and then Dublin by Ghostbus.
As we decided to return on Monday, do we also have the whole Sunday to spent in the Irish capital city.
While I’m writing this I’m really excited for the trip.
Driving on the left (*cough*wrong*cough*) side of the road, exploring a new country, spending Halloween where it is properly celebrated.
I doubt even rain would make this any less incredible, but it won’t rain anyway. 😀
Stay save in this spirit filled night and have Happy Halloween! 🙂