Ireland was an afterthought; but when I realized that the plane fare from England was very affordable, I took the chance so I can visit my favorite childhood playmate and cousin whom I haven’t seen for 18 years. I didn’t have a lot of expectations, but I felt that Ireland was familiar. My favorite priest in my school age years was Irish and I grew up loving the music of U2, the Cranberries and the Corrs. I remember singing my heart out to Cranberries’ Zombie during my early teen age years. Two days is not enough to form an opinion, but I think Ireland is unpretentious, raw, bruised but innately strong. I would love to come back and explore some more.