On an episode of Seinfeld, George Costanza finds himself without a job, but with enough money to subsist for three months. This period becomes known as ‘The Summer of George.’
And so I thought it was only appropriate to dub my adventure through Ireland and the UK as ‘The Summer of Julie.’ I spent one month hitchhiking and couchsurfing my way through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; and two months traveling through England, Scotland, and Wales.
There are things that will forever remind me of that incredible summer. Here are some of them.
In Ireland, I hitchhiked for the first time. I was scared and nervous, but it led me to so many fantastic people, and a more sustainable way of traveling.
2. My nose piercing
As a early birthday present to myself, I decided to get my nose pierced in Galway.
3. Reading in parks
Traveling can be tiresome, so whenever I need a recharge I find a patch of grass and pull out my Kindle.
Since I’m not a fan of beer, cider was my go-to drink in Ireland.
Finally, I was surrounded by people who love tea as much as I do.
To cut down on expenses, I would often make sandwiches for lunch/dinner.
I’m fairly certain that I’m now 70% bread.
7. Bare feet
It was during summer that Tim inspired me to stop wearing shoes. It’s an added sense for experiencing a new place, helping me to be more aware of my surroundings.
This is where I get a majority of my writing and research done. It also allows me to relax and chat with locals.
I grew quite fond of traditional live music sessions in Irish pubs.
10. Arrested Development
While in London, Nikki and I got our friend David hooked on the show.
One of my favorite moments was watching it in the fort we constructed in the living room.
By the end of the episode, George becomes so lazy that he can’t even manage to go to Jerry’s apartment. In comparison, I think I did pretty well.