What?! Ireland is not in the Schengen Area? (For some reason I was 100% convinced it was, to the point of somberly telling another American he might get deported soon.) So I won’t be starting my 90 days until I actually land in Austria…in fact, if the only Schengen countries I visit after Austria are Poland, Spain, and possibly Portugal, then I don’t think I need to worry about it at all! Awesome!
I booked my flights on Ryanair to England (London) and Austria (Linz) respectively, hopefully my bag will make it through without me having to wear all of my clothes because I would die of heat exhaustion and have to roll everywhere.
One week left in Ireland now- I want to either Couchsurf the rest of the way or hitchhike to cut costs, although €17 for a hostel dorm bed no longer makes me blanch in shock like it first did. 17 days til Austria, ich kann fast nicht warten!
It was actually a blessing that the bike rental shops were all closed today because it forced me to overcome my fear of hitchhiking alone, a fear which was itself overpowered by the much stronger fear of being struck and killed by a speeding Irish car careening down a winding, shoulderless Irish country road as I attempted to walk the 42 kilometer scenic route. First a woman with a kid picked me up and took me to the nearest beach, and later two young zoologists took me on a small tour of the rest of the loop and then dropped me off right in front of my hostel. One had lived in New Zealand, where hh-ing is apparently quite popular, and had had a roommate from my home town. I’m taking this as a sign that I should pursue my ambition to become a white water rafting guide in New Zealand this summer instead of returning to the U.S.
Now if only I could make some hostel friends so I don’t have to work on my fear of eating in restaurants alone. I can travel around the goddamn world by myself but not order some fish and chips?! *Sigh* Boldness is only my strong suite in the face of desperation, not when I could continue to sit on the sofa in front of the fire with my phone, cozily albeit hungrily.