2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:
Ireland (as in, the Republic thereof) is a beautiful place, with beautiful people who speak with my all-time favourite accent in the world. I first graced her shores in 2010 when I visited a friend for a few weeks, then later returned in 2016 with my Mum when I won a trip to Ireland. (No really! I won a trip).
I won a trip to Ireland! Yep. So I took my Mum, and we covered a lot of territory. Here are some recommendations if you’re headed to Ireland yourself:
“So we have a bit of a hill to climb to get there,” was my only introduction to our imminent journey over Mamore Gap. We were headed to my friend’s country home town for some boozy birthday celebrations, but having just arrived in Ireland I was still getting my bearings and had no idea in which […]
Give a pint of blood…and get a pint of Guinness! That there, my friends, sums up Ireland quite nicely (tongue in cheek). Ireland: The Booze Ireland seems to be a nation of drinkers. Similar to England, pub culture is prevalent…and in fact even more pronounced in Ireland. So my first task on arriving in Ireland […]
I stepped off the ferry in Belfast with exactly ₤2.29 in coins and no bills. I only had one night in Northern Ireland before heading to a friend’s place near Derry (where Euros are the prevailing currency), and I was determined to make the best use of this money while not having to withdraw more […]
International Train Travel – I could think of no better way to get from A to B. Here’s why: I’ve started reading The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux, which I fear will make me even more evangelistic about international train travel than I already am. In it, the author (a […]
In the last few months, I’ve had occasion to connect with a handful of people who I’ve initially met on-line, developed relationships with over varying periods of time, and then met in person. I’ve stayed with some of them, met others for coffee, and even house-and-dog-sat for yet others. All of these experiences have been […]