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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 16th 2015

Trip has been exciting. Sarah's bags lost. Finally found yesterday. Weather so far better than expected. Only had rain on last morning in London. Didn't stop us from visiting the Tower of London. While in London went to British Museum (could spend days there), Natural History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. We wandered through vendor stands in Covent Garden, walked through Hyde Park, and attended evensong at St. Paul Cathedral. Highlight of the 3 days was going to Gypsy at Savoy Theater starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, mother of Gypsy Rose Lee. An amazing performance in a musical with many great and familiar songs. Can't talk about trip without talking about food. Went to Gordon's Wine Bar arrival night for wine and great cheese and bread. Gordon's is located in an old cellar extending under ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Ennis September 1st 2015

The county town of Clare is Ennis and there I had my best coffee and cake in Ireland after driving from Killalloe. In the centre of town is a very large statue of Daniel O’Connell and in the museum De Valera features prominently. Both were famous Clare MPs. Half an hour later I was in Corofin at the Clare Genealogical Society in pursuit of the original Mrs Brown—Dar’s wife Bridget Downes. This woman was Pop William’s grandmother and he knew her well. She was also Cate Cook’s mother and Pop William spent a lot of time with the Cooks and Dar and Bridget. On the wedding certificate Bridget’s parents are listed as John Downes and Margaret Downes. Bridget’s sister Catherine (“Aunty Rush”) married Daniel (Rush) in Ballarat a few months before Bridget and William. On that ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge August 10th 2015

The winter of 2014 in Dublin was no joke. Being from Chicago I figured I could adapt to the climate, however I came to terms that it was unbearably cold. Dublin was a very quick one day trip, so my apologies for those who expected more on this blog. Upon my arrival trinity college was my first visit, loved the architecture, but I was saddened to find that the library and the book of Kells exhibit was closed due to the holiday season. So off to a pub I went. Along the way I ran into St. Patrick's Cathedral, simply amazing! I've seen some massive churches in my day, but this one takes the crown. Outside from every angle, I tried to squeeze my body into the massiveness of the church when snapping a selfie, but ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 7th 2015

Hello lovely people! It's hard to believe that this will be the final blog that I write from Scotland. As per my study abroad requirements, I will write one more blog once I am back in the states and attempting to get adjusted, but I think blogs from Scotland are much more fun. I will start by giving you an overview of what my week has been like this past week. I finished my last class Tuesday afternoon and straight after class I went to catch a train with a flatmate, and we were bound for Ireland! Actually, we were bound for Belfast but still "technically" Ireland. Our flight arrived in Belfast around 9 or so and we took a taxi to our lovely little hostel. Given that we were both quite tired, we had a ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 7th 2015

Finalement, un premier message! En guise d'information (suite à de nombreux débats) Thierry et moi aurons le même blog. Nous serons donc 2 contributeurs, mais le titre reste un blonde afin de respecter le thème de mes blogues ( faut faire des compromis lorsqu'on est marié!) Mais bon, passons aux choses sérieuses maintenant! Petit résumé de notre semaine à Dublin. Les vols ont bien été en général. Un peu long avec les pauses et les escales, mais on y est finalement arrivés! On a pas eu trop de difficulté à se rendre à notre AirBnB avec les valises, le chemin était assez simple. Par contre le airBnB, pouet pouet pouet... Très décevant. On a pas vraiment le choix de vivre avec, car pas les moyens de se payer un remplacement... (Tsé on est pas si riche) ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 2nd 2015

Have you ever looked at the clock and thought, there is no way I can be awake at this hour. Well, I had this thought two days in a row. The weekend started on Friday when I flew from London to Dublin, ready to enjoy my last night in Ireland! My roommates and I had an incredible time hitting up our favorite spots one more time. Lemon Crepe and Coffee for dinner, Gino's gelato for dessert, St. Stephen's green to lay in the grass; it was wonderful. We headed back to the apartment to finish packing and then, around 10 o'clock a bunch of friends came over and we celebrated our time in Ireland. It was perfect with great people, music and goodies. We all woke up around 4 in the morning on Saturday to get ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Connemara July 25th 2015

Well... that was a stressfully unplanned morning. They close most of the common areas in the hostel from 10:30-12:30pm so I kind of begrudgingly set off on a hike... they suggested I join the Western Way and loop around but it was a two hour hike in the mountains and by the time I got near the base the cloud cover told me it was not going to be a good idea lol. Thankfully there were a bunch of giant boulders off the side of the road - perfect reading spot. (Just be mindful not to sit in sheep poop!) Of course as I went to settle the clouds cleared and it was blazing sun... blazing sun is not something you get to say too often in Connemara. I gave in and put sunscreen on and ... read more
Just kidding all the sun
Quiet Man statue

Europe » Ireland » County Galway July 24th 2015

Another beautiful day in the nature of Ireland. Sadly, because I'm remote to the max at this hostel, no pictures as the wifi is spotty. I did the same idea today - did half a tour, got dropped off at my hostel, and I'll rejoin the tour tomorrow. When I gave in my ticket the guy joked I better make sure they know what day I want pick-up because it's in the middle of nowhere. (He wasn't kidding. It's the most remote place I've ever stayed. It's a 20min walk from the main road..!) Once again the driver was hilarious - the funniest one yet. He had a comment about absolutely everything. I wrote down a bunch - I'll put them at the end. We stopped at Inagh Valley for some photos as we started the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 24th 2015

The Irish folk really do use the word craic (pronounced crack) a lot and I definitely started using it every day language. Being my last full week in Dublin, I made sure to have a ton of awesome craic every day! At the beginning of the week I met Micah and Salvador at the stop by their work and we went to Phoenix Park. Thankfully the sun cleared up and we were able to walk from the front entrance to the huge cross. There were many bunnies twice as big as American bunnies. The animals here are all a bit larger than back home! We tried to catch one, but none of us were fast or quiet enough. I walked the guys over to the giant cross where we sat at the top of the grass ... read more
Reliving Our Childhood
Last Day at PALS Preschool
Jameson Whiskey Tasting

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin July 23rd 2015

OK, today was as close to perfect as a travel day gets for me. I wasn't overly sure what I would do in the morning. I'd planned to catch the bus at around 1pm to continue the tour, buy since we'd gone the other way I had until 4pm to kill. The hostel guy suggested I walk from Doolin to the Cliffs and meet my bus there instead, which is pretty great considering that had been my plan yesterday had I got to the hostel the time I expected. The walk from Doolin to the Cliffs is supposed to take 2-2.5hrs so between my lunch stop and ten thousand photo breaks it took a little over 3 hours. (I took... 630 shots today. To be fair, about half of those are the waves crashing in and ... read more
I love the waves
Low area
Hello darlings

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