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Photos: Land of Leprachauns, Shamrocks and Guiness

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A piece of my heart in Ireland

Friday, 23 Apr 2010 | Views [432] | Comments [1]

The camaraderie of crisis was very real in Dublin when I discovered that my three day stay would soon become ten days. Of course, I was not the only one and in shared misfortune, bonds are formed. As usual, I stumble upon some friendly Canadians ... Read more >

Nothing else to do but drink in Kilkenny

Monday, 19 Apr 2010 | Views [441]

I am sitting in Kilkenny in a pub called ‘The Playwright’ about to have a “Playwright Burger” and a pint of Bulmers. I’m doing a bus tour at the moment – something I never thought I’d do but it came free with the hostel. Bad news – it doesn’t look ... Read more >

Tags: drinking, ireland

Dublin ... hmmmm

Saturday, 17 Apr 2010 | Views [452]

In Dublin about to see my second production of Macbeth this year. It’s playing at the Abbey Theatre which is very, very close to where I’m staying – Paddy’s Palace. This hostel has been, so far … okay. The first night I was here, one of the guys in ... Read more >

Tags: hostels, theatre

Travel Exhaustion

Saturday, 10 Apr 2010 | Views [367]

So basically I have been travelling for over three months now, nearly four. But four months will take me to the end of April – Queen’s Day in the Netherlands and that’s where I’ll be after first going to Germany and Turkey. Whoa, I’m exhausted (and ... Read more >

Bread and Jam

Friday, 2 Apr 2010 | Views [442]

Well, my second workaway stint and it couldn’t be more wonderful. I’m staying at a health retreat and even though I’m working, I feel as though I’m also on a mini health retreat myself. I am definitely benefiting form the healthy eating and the ... Read more >

Tags: workaway, wwoofing

Emergency credit card to the rescue!

Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | Views [320]

Well, off on the next adventure. I started the day in Ballyneety, drove with farmer John and his wife into Cork, caught up with two of my favourite Corkonians (the third was working) and now I'm on a bus to Dunmanway to work at a health retreat. I also ... Read more >

A farmer's work is never done

Wednesday, 24 Mar 2010 | Views [369]

Yesterday and today was spent piling wood for winter use (ie in fires) - something I've never had to think about ... ever. My back is sore, my arms are sore but I'm in considerably good spirits. I guess that's what fresh air and manual labour give you ... Read more >

Typical farming day

Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | Views [378]

Today I went to an auction – nothing new there, I basically grew up at auctions – but this one was for cows or, more specifically, calves. They were so cute that I was kind of upset to learn that these little fellas were going to Italy to be served ... Read more >

Hurling in Ireland

Sunday, 21 Mar 2010 | Views [350]

Today I went to my first Irish Hurling match and, interestingly, it wasn’t what I expected; namely a group of guys propped up outside a Dublin pub seeing how far away the bucket needed to be to catch their … ummm … hurl. To me, hurling seems like a ... Read more >

To the Market

Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 | Views [352]

Saturday on the farm and not much going on. I went to the market this morning with farmer John and it reminded me of going to the flea market with my Dad when I was a kid. He (farmer John) came into the house at around 8:45am. ‘I’m going ... Read more >

In the Dark

Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | Views [339]

So, I’m doing a farm stay in Ireland. It is through an organisation (of which there are many; Workaway and HelpX to name to name a couple) where travellers can connect with a family or business and work in exchange for room and board – ... Read more >

Net Woes

Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | Views [413] | Comments [2]

A pretty easy going day today. It was blowing a gale but fortunately no rain. The most annoying thing I’m finding is not being able to access the net properly. I mean, yes, it’s all very lovely to ‘get away from it all’ and ‘commune with nature’ out ... Read more >

Farming – Day One

Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | Views [329]

Day one on the farm and it was hard work. Much harder than I expected actually. Today I fed a lamb first thing in the morning, planted apples, plumbs, pears, raspberries and onions as well as a long row of beech trees, moved sheets of corrugated iron, ... Read more >

Mothers’ Day in Ireland and UK

Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 | Views [340] | Comments [1]

It’s mothers’ day here in Ireland and the UK so Happy Mothers’ Day Mum and all the Mums reading this! I am staying in a ridiculously stereotypical (or what I imagine anyway) Irish farming community. When I arrived here yesterday I was greeted ... Read more >

On the Road Again

Saturday, 13 Mar 2010 | Views [275]

Ahhh … packing. I hate it! After sending a package home and accidentally smashing a bottle of perfume (yes an expensive one) on the floor of the post office, I was able to close my backpack once again. The hostel was swarming with people this morning ... Read more >

Kiss It!

Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [324]

I figured that it was about time (I have been in Cork over a week now) that I went to kiss the Blarney Stone. The Kiwi and I set out nice and early (11am) and I have to say it was lovely to have a travelling companion after exploring alone for so ... Read more >

Tags: blarney stone

Hostel Hospitality

Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [330]

Well, I’m staying in a hostel for the first time since I started travelling – just over two months now. The Bru Bar, run by a couple of Kiwis (people from New Zealand, not the birds), is close to everything including, luckily, the bus station. I’m ... Read more >

Top of the mornin'

Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | Views [394]

In Ireland today, the land of Guinness, Shamrocks and Leprechauns - as every tourist attraction will remind you! I'm in Cork to be precise, which is, so I'm told by locals, the 'real' capital of Ireland. The flight over was good. We were a little late ... Read more >



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