Saturday, April 8, 2017, is “1 of those days” that I will never forget. This is the day that I had been waiting for, for what seems like eternity; the day I left for Ireland.
Our flight wasn’t until the evening, so the morning hours were spent taking care of last-minute tasks and saying goodbye to my grandma. Packing for this trip was a struggle for me personally. Belfast, Ireland, is very cold still at this time of year. At night it would go into the 30’s! Well, I am a Floridian girl, born and raised, so I don’t own many clothes that require a thick material. I managed to find pieces of clothing though from past trips I have taken in cold weather and made sure to bring enough of them to layer up when we got there.
As the hours went by, so did the anticipation. Remember, I had never been out of the country before this trip, so this was all very exciting and new to me! My parents and I finally loaded up into an Uber and were on our way! Miami International Airport was PACKED, just as it always is. Trying to check our luggage was an interesting task as the line was very long. Luckily, my dad came prepared and was dressed in his pilots uniform, so this gave us a few perks alone our long journey.
We found our way through TSA and customs and finally got to our gate. I couldn’t believe this was actually about to happen! My first time on a long flight to a whole other continent! It was like a dream. My mom of course wanted to be my paparazzi so we decided to take a lot of pictures while we waited to board the airplane. My teachers from my Irish Dance school were also on my flight, so once the pictures were done being taken, we spoke with them and their daughter about how excited we all were about the next nine-hour flight! (A little sarcasm is in that last sentence but I think you get what I am trying to express haha)
At last, the desk attendant came over the loud-speaker and stated that they were going to begin boarding! My parents and I hurried to the front of the line (privileges of having a pilot with you) to make our way onto the plane. It was finally official. We were on our way to Belfast, Ireland, for the 2017 An Comhdhail Irish Dance World Championships!