Little Life Update: Moving Out of Ireland

     We have officially moved out of Ireland!!!

     We had originally thought that it would be the perfect time to move out of our lovely little, rainy home in Galway, Ireland this upcoming summer 2017, but as it turns out, as always…there is no such thing as the perfect time for anything! 🙂 So, why wait around when adventure was calling us now? 🙂

     We moved to Galway last February to be able to live in the same country together as a young, international married couple, to pursue our longtime dream of living in Ireland, and to have our very own, more permanent home to live, grow, and learn in together in the first year of our marriage. We remember sitting in the House Hotel lobby last year after a few days of house viewings over a bowl of the biggest chips and soup we’d ever seen and a glass of Guinness to share, anticipating our big move. We remember that day like it was yesterday! It was pouring rain outside our hotel as we sat across the table from one another. We were nothing but two kids in love and a bundle of nerves trying to find a home.

     “We’ll give it a year and then see where life takes us.”

     And in that year, we’ve created many of the most wonderful memories in our home that we will cherish together for the rest of eternity. We can hardly believe that, two years ago, we didn’t even know whether or not we would be able to live in the same country together as husband and wife! We have grown even more as the very best of friends, let alone as soulmates. It was filled with so many firsts and falls, and it was incredible getting to do it all together as newlyweds.

     Some of our favourite moments living in Galway:

1. Moving to Ireland into our cozy and very first home together just in time for Valentine’s Day.
2. Hiding away from the days together with yummy takeaway food, cuddling up on the sofa, and ugly crying into each other’s bodies when times were impossibly tough.
3. Laughing in the early mornings as the sun is rising with sleepy smiles and sand in our eyes and our toes entwined.
4. Our funny but sweet, makeshift holiday celebrations.
5. Dreaming, creating, sleeping…
6. St. Patrick’s Day.
7. Our “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree.
8. Dancing in our first home, in our very own kitchen after baking the most horrible homemade cookies imaginable.
9. So many dances together in our kitchen! In candlelight, in daylight, in our pyjamas, in our fancy clothes, in just our socks…in spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
10. All of these memories made together.

     We won’t be moving to a permanent home base at the moment as we will be completely immersing ourselves in some amazing creative projects we have coming up and traveling this beautiful world together! We are just so, so excited for the many experiences, memories to be made, and stories to be told that 2017 has in store for us.  Many times, you just have to take that leap of faith and listen to your heart.

     An old friend once said to us, “If you’re waiting to do something until you have all of your ducks in a row, then you won’t ever be able to do anything. Because no one will ever have all of their ducks in a row.” 🙂  This little quote has resonated with our life in the greatest way possible.

     Even until now, our life together is anything but conventional, and we are so grateful for our story.

…Off to Paris we go! 🙂

xx


MALTA

Malta was most definitely a special one for us!

      We always say that it was one of our most favourite trips that we’ve ever taken together…and though we say that about very many trips that we go on together, this one in particular was so different from any other we’ve shared! We took every day very easily, waking up so slowly together whilst watching the Mediterranean sunlight pour into the windows of our hotel room, illuminating one another’s sleepy faces…singing and dancing around the room together whilst getting ready for whatever adventure awaited us that day…taking our time navigating each place…stopping every now and then to have a friendly chat with the kindest of locals…experiencing every sound, smell, and sight of this beautiful island…these moments.
These moments will never fail to be the ones we cherish the most! 🙂

     In Malta, we…

     Frolicked together in and amongst the sparkling, glistening waters of the Blue Lagoon…

     Basked in some of the most incredibly indescribable views of Valletta, also known as The Fortress City…

     Explored the famous Popeye Village which was the original film set for Disney’s 1980 film Popeye
Fun fact: We came up with our name of O’Brien and Olive because of my last name, O’Brien (which is Allison Marie’s married last name), but very, very few people know what the Olive stands for!
It is a reference to the very funny + sweet nickname of “Olive” that Allison’s father has given her ever since she was a teenager when he realised that she reminded him so much of the cartoon character, “Olive Oyl” from Popeye! And before Allison told me that she loved me in the first few months of our dating days, she would always say, “Olive you!” instead. So, to us, “Olive” is like another name for “love.”
Effectively, it’s like our little way of saying “O’Brien and Love.”

     Twirled and danced around together in the city streets amongst the most unique and colourful balconies we’d ever seen…


     Found our own little oasis away from the city and frolicked and splashed each other until the sun set from the sky…

     Lost ourselves in the deep and amazing sea caves of the secret Crystal Lagoon…

     Cliff dived for the very first time in my life!!!…

     …Perhaps Malta is just one of those magical places where photographs could never do its impeccably natural beauty justice.
Guess you’ll just have to go and experience it for yourself! (;

     xx


Where To Next?!

Our 14 favourite travel photos.

Portobello Road

Virginia Beach

Notre dame sunset

Galway - O'Brien and Olive

Boat Galway

eiffel tower at sunset

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O'Brien and Olive - Virginia Beach 18

Golden Gate Bridge - O'Brien and Olive

Paris City

The Long Walk

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Portobello Road

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     What first sparked our love for nonstop traveling together was spending our honeymoon sailing through Italy, France, Spain, Montenegro, and Greece last September 2015. I remember it so well…we would fall asleep together every night in one city or country and wake up in an entirely brand new one almost every single morning! Since then, we have been fortunate enough to continue traveling all over together to different places (even moving to Ireland earlier this year!) and document our adventures and memories along the way right here on our blog and Instagram!

     Growing up as children, we, combined, had traveled to India, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Canada, Spain, England, and all over the United States with our families–traveling had always been a passion embedded in us by our parents ever since we could remember! When we began dating after I had moved to England from the U.S. for three years to train in musical theatre, our first getaway together was a surprise overnight trip to Brussels, Belgium for Jack’s birthday, and our first holiday together was Paris, France–Jack’s surprise Christmas present for me. He then spent a summer with my family and me back in Virginia and a few days in New York City. And after marrying in July of last year, being a very young, international (British-American) married couple, we had found our home within travel…it was our very own escape and our way to just be together whilst we couldn’t figure out how to live together permanently in each other’s home countries because of financial status, visas, etc. If we couldn’t live together in our own home countries, we would build our home within one another, together, everywhere else in the world.

     Now, our physical home is a little bit more settled here in Ireland…though we can’t promise we’ll be staying put for too long! And fortunately, our love for travel together hasn’t stopped or slowed down at all! On Thursday, we are off to MALTA for some Mediterranean island exploring! We are most definitely summer lovers, and as it’s getting just a little bit too cold over here, we figured it’s time to escape the chilly air for a little while on another adventure! We keep calling this our “minimoon” because this will technically be our very first proper island holiday together, and preparing and planning for it feels just like how we felt when we were planning our honeymoon!

     Crystal clear blue lagoons, sailing, cliff jumping, snorkelling, secret water caves, Popeye’s Village, city adventures, Mediterranean sunrises and sunsets, and my sweet soulmate! We will never quite be able to find or string the right words together to describe just how much seeing and learning more about the world that we live in together means to us.

xx

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