Leaving Ibis, West Palm and all the people I became close to broke my heart. But there is no doubt I have made some great friends and even better memories. As I board my flight heading to Bradley International I cant help but think, this wont be the last time I visit West Palm Beach. Arriving in Connecticut was a shock to the system, it was absolutely freezing!!! Our new General Manager Bryan picked us up from the airport, as we made our journey from Connecticut to Hampden Massachusetts it made us feel like we were back in Ireland. Fields as far as the eye can see, not what we're used to in Florida. See the video below for photos of my last days in West palm and the beginning of my new journey in MA.
After being away from home for over 6 months it was finally time for some of my family members to arrive! Being a ‘Home Bird’ I found it quite difficult at the start of season being so far away from home and getting used to the time difference of 5 hrs. between Ireland and the US! I had been counting down the days since mum booked her flights. The day finally came, I was working 9-5pm in the admin office and the day was going by so slow. I couldn’t wait to get home grab my bags and check into the hotel early, all evening consisted of checking the status of the flight and of course it was delayed by 3 hrs. just to heighten the anticipation of their arrival. I headed for the airport at 12:30am I felt sick to the stomach, I was about to see my family after months of being apart. Swarms of people began to approach the arrivals lounge and my eyes scanned through the crowds looking for my mum, and finally I recognize her scarf I immediately drop everything and run to her and the rest of my family (yes it was literally this dramatic like something from the movies). We stood hugging and crying for at least 10 minutes I cannot describe the feeling of seeing everyone again, the first thing she said was “your dad sends his love” which made me cry even more. Dad’s terrified of flying so he definitely couldn’t have made the 12hr plane journey to West Palm.