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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh May 19th 2014

It has been a hectic past few days, which explains why this is the first time I've been able to sit down and blog while traveling. I'm currently on a but en route from Dublin to Galway, Ireland, speeding down the highway on the left side (crossing streets here as a pedestrian is still a perilous undertaking). It is indeed very wet and rainy here on these islands, but today it's just humid and overcast in contrast to yesterday's constant drizzle. I suppose I should explain how I got here. Ireland is country #2 so far after a quick day in London. The flight to Europe was about as good as I could have hoped; we did have to deplane for a half hour during a "systems reboot," but the pilot was able to make up ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh May 9th 2014

Friday 9 May 2014. Dublin Airport, Ireland. We left Rathkenny and the farm on Monday 5th May and after a 5 hour drive arrived in Brandon, County Kerry. The drive down was pleasant, mainly freeway, however the last 20klms was on a very thin road, only giving access to vehicles in one direction, which made it very difficult when you encountered a car coming in the opposite direction. Anyway Cath closed her eyes and we made it to Brandon. By the way she wasn't driving……. The difference in the scenery has to be seen to be believed. The country side is rolling hills, with the highest peak being Mount Brandon, which due to the weather we have not been able to see, so I think it is a myth? Sean and Chantel have organised the accommodation ... read more
The town of Brandon
Preparing for the walk
The view from the second hill

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh May 5th 2014

After working through the Bank Holidays of April, I spent my well-deserved long weekend in Dublin. I always wanted to visit Ireland - because of the endless green lands, the crystal clear creeks and the black-legged and black-headed sheep which piss into the creeks... I've never been to Ireland but it's well-known that you can develop deep emotional bonds towards something without ever seeing it in person. The traces of the Celtic-Viking culture, the countryside and the simplified life worshiping mother-nature... they're all close to my dream world. Idealizing all this: I love that they believe in fairies, leprechauns, sacred stones, trees, grass... as a realist I would say that they cannot live without booze and fibs. It doesn't matter if it's a small, big or orbital lie. The point is to trick you and let ... read more
At Berkeley Library - Trinity College
Long room
Belltower of Trinity

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin April 27th 2014

My mom was fast moving on the recovery kick. All the therapists agreed she was stronger everyday. She was starting to have use of her right side and using a cane. She was still not able to do small things but Harland, my stepdad, was being trained to help her with small details. So my travel-mind started to dream again of the world. There were still countries I hadn't been to. I looked online for tickets. I wanted to continue around the earth the way I was going but it was too pricey to fly all the way to Indonesia (my last nearest destination from Nepal) from where I was in USA. So I settled for a round trip from NYC to Ireland. I found a flight on American Airlines for around $500 and an Irish ... read more
Me n the lasses!
Aine n Tali
The unremembered photo!

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge April 23rd 2014

Tues 22 April 2014, Dublin, Ballsbridge, Baggot Rath. Hi everyone. The last two days have been a little bit if a blur. Sean knows Dublin well and wanted to show us as much as possible. We all got to the accommodation on Tuesday, just after lunch. Fantastic accommodation just opposite the AVIVA Stadium. It was only a short drive from the hotel for us, however Sean, Chantel and the kids caught the ferry from Holyhead (UK) to Dublin. After a quick clean-up we headed out to Dublin, which is only a few stops on the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport), in other words the, train. First stop was the first pub for a Guinness and then on to some sightseeing. First up was Trinity College, where Sean spent many years being educated and picked up the ... read more
Where's the first pub
The First of Many

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge April 23rd 2014

Tues 22 April 2014 Dublin Hi everyone Finally arrived in Dublin yesterday after an epic 28 hours of travel. It’s was a killer, but worth it to get here. We arrived at Sydney airport to find our flight had been delayed by 7 hours, which was a concern for our connecting flights and the accommodation we had booked in Dublin for one night. After a little trepidation, Singapore Airlines got us on to a Qantas fight leaving at the same time. So, no A380 and no upper deck. Not to worry. We arrived in Singapore in the middle on the night and wanted to quench our thirst. Cath got a few beers that only cost $34 Australian (WTF) and that is normal price around here. Needless to say Singapore will be off any future holiday destinations. ... read more
$34 worth of tiger beer in Singapore

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin April 7th 2014

Ah Dublin….Dublin…..what to say about Dublin? If asked to describe it in one word? Dave says alive Merry Jo says joyful. One may or may not come to Dublin to pub crawl—not that there’s anything wrong with that…….. We have found however to properly immerse yourself into local culture you’ll end up in a few pubs. Our intent was to listen to some good Irish music and indeed that goal has been accomplished. Our goal may have been enhanced by a few pints of the local brew. And so our story unfolds…… Before our arrival— And so the conversation began like this…..where do we want to go this spring? Several countries in Europe, South America and the Middle East were in contention originally, but since our wedding anniversary would fall during the trip, we realized that ... read more
St. Patrick's Cathedral
The River Liffey
Well preserved

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 29th 2014

Our last hours in Dublin were dedicated to visiting the Guinness Storehouse. As someone who has never really been fond of beer I wasn't expecting much out of the experience, but Michael wanted to go and he had been extremely patient with my itinerary up until that point. I'm glad that he suggested it, because it turned out to be one of the best things that we did. Compared to Dublin's other main attractions, the storehouse is a little out of the way but definitely worth the bus ride and short walk. It's in a gorgeous red brick building, and though getting in is a little pricey (€14.50 for adults and €13 for students over 18) it comes with a coupon for a free pint or a free soda at the GRAVITY Bar. If you pay ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 29th 2014

After a 18 hour flight with an unexpected layover due to weather I have finally touched down in Dublin's airport. Whew, when I say that that was the worst/scariest flight I have ever experienced, I'm telling you the truth. Oh well, I'm in Dublin now, who needs to complain? This is my first time out of the states, and me being ecstatic is an understatement. After I meet up with my friend, Bailey we head to catch the bus outside. It's about 4 o'clock now, and the airport is buzzing due to the time and all the layovers that were rerouted. So we walk outside and can you say freezing rain? Holy moly, I really have never felt this type of weather before being from the great humid state of Louisiana. But what the in ... read more
Fish and Chips and Guinness
Christ Church

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 25th 2014

As much as I love Dublin, I don't have many enthusiastic things to say about Trinity College. It's supposed to be Dublin's #1 attraction, and the Book of Kells is gorgeous, but it's not worth the €8 entry fee unless you're really into illuminated manuscripts. The Book of Kells is the oldest of its kind, so it's understandable that they would be very careful to maintain it, but "very careful" isn't the correct phrase in this case. Rabid would be a better word. I've been plenty of places that won't allow pictures with flash and a few that wouldn't allow pictures at all, and I understand that. What neither Michael nor I understood was the fact that we couldn't even take pictures of the pictures. Before you even reach the Book, there's a room with huge ... read more

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