In May 2013 I packed my life up in my Ford Focus along with my hamster Uri and me now husband Tom and off I set for England where I would call my home.I have lived in Kent now for 4 years and in that time I have made new friends, started my career and bought my own home. Saying that there is always a small void in my heart, yearning to return to the Emerald Isle.
I have lived in Kent now for 4 years and in that time I have made new friends, started my career and bought my own home. Saying that there is always a small void in my heart, yearning to return to the Emerald Isle.
I try to visit “home” as often as possible, fitting in family visit along with soaking up the nightlife, Belfast has really changed since I left and I love going back to explore. There’s always that sense of relaxation when I board my usual EasyJet flight to Belfast, it’s like my body knows I can just chill, no worries, no cares and I get to spend some quality time with my loved ones.
4 years doesn’t seem like a long time, but it really is, especially when all your friends and family are growing up and moving on. When I left “home” 4 years ago I left a family home in Lisburn where I lived with my ever so annoying little brother- well just because he’s a boy instantly makes him annoying!, who now is attending University and getting on with his life. A little baby boy who now has grown into a gorgeous young man who is going to school and is ever so energetic. A home which had no dog and now has a playful, boisterous toy poodle by the name of Theo- I try not to tell myself this too much, but it’s hurtful when you have been replaced with a dog.
Where to eat?
Belfast also has moved on since I left, I mean where did all these bars and restaurants come from? When living there I hardly ever dined out in Belfast and really the only places to be seen was the Box (R.I.P) and Beach Club (R.I.P), but now when I go out into Belfast I’m spoilt for choice, between tensquare for their amazing scampi and chips, Stix and Stones for their tender, juicy stakes, OX for that special dining experience and not forgetting the Harp Bar for their live music sessions and Sweet Afton for their oh so delicious and too easily drunk cocktails.
My old favourites
What I miss most, however, is the ease to get around, visit the seaside and enjoy fish and chips on the street or indulge myself in a giant “poke” from Morelli’s or one of my all-time favourites, Brennan’s. I have many fond memories of running up and down Portstewart strand in the freezing cold water and I guess I will always hold a special place in my heart for the North Coast.
Put the past behind you
Northern Ireland itself has also moved on, and now I find myself telling people about it and being proud of where I come from. People always say to me “you lot from there are always so cheerful” and to me, that’s the best compliment anyone could give me. I always try to be in a good mood and cheerful, I think it helps those around me too and not everyone wants to be a sourpuss all their lives. Happiness is the best medicine and I like to think I can provide just a little taster every day. We recently hosted an event in the Europe, Belfast and used the Titanic Belfast to host our evening meal, this was a show stopper! Everyone was so impressed with the Titanic exhibition and learning all about our little Isle.
One day in the near future I will once again pack up my house, my husband, my dog and move back “home” but as for now I’m happy and content in where I am and excited to see what the future holds for the Mulcahy’s