Sláinte

Irish lesson again: How do you say “cheers” in Ireland? “Sláinte” [slahn-chə]: meaning “health” So the next time you sit down for a Guinness, raise your glass, look into the eyes of your drinking pal, and exclaim, “Sláinte!” It was our last full day in Dublin as a group. A few of us went on…

Trim Time

Sunday was a free day. I went to mass, and then took a day off, reading, blogging, and relaxing. Monday we trudged through the rain to the bus station and took a day trip to Trim to see the castle.  It was the place where scenes of Braveheart were filmed. It was raining, switching between a light…

What Happens When The Sun Shines

You wake up and look out the window: sunshine. Why bother walking around in heavy rain boots and carrying an umbrella, when it’s sunny? Right? Wrong. The weather in Dublin can change in an instant. That instant for us was a trip to the National Gallery of Ireland. As a side note, this was also…

On the Rocky Road to Dublin

One, two, three, four, five, Hunt the hare and turn her Down the rocky road All the way to Dublin, Whack-fol-lul-lee-ra.  After listening to the High Kings every day, months before travel, this song was on repeat in my mind the entire bus ride south–that is, when I wasn’t asleep! Turning down the back roads…

Art in Derry/Londonderry

Welcome to the City of Culture 2013: Derry, otherwise known as Londonderry. It may be small, but never underestimate the talent hidden in the streets. Complete with art galleries, artsy shops, and public art, the small town has a bit of everything. Ask anyone on the streets, and they’ll know about the Grass House, a…

Rain at the Giant’s Causeway

Time to say goodbye to one of my favorite cities and hop on the bus to Derry via the Giant’s Causeway. Weather mirroring our feelings of leaving, it began to rain. We arrived at the Giant’s Causeway, threw on the rain boots and rain coats and, listening to stories told by an Irishman on our…

From the Cells to City Hall: Last Day in Belfast

Irish lesson time. (not that I know much) Gaol: pronounced as “jail”; meaning: jail Craic: pronounced as “crack”; used in casual conversation in various ways to describe a good time “What’s the craic?” “Havin’ a craic” “It was a good craic” Speaking of gaol, we visited the Crumlin Road Gaol on our last day in the…

My Heart Will Go On: The Journey Continues in Belfast

This was a long and wonderful day in Belfast. The day began with a quick hop over to the Belfast Print Workshop where we were able to view a collection, “Loss” by Clifford Rainey which was a mix of embossed and etched pieces portraying the last Irish wolf. From there, we made our way down…

Raise Your Banners High: Welcome to Belfast

Welcome to Ireland everyone. Travel this semester has allowed me to add a few countries to my list. Countries: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland. Cities: Belfast, Londonderry (with a side-step to the Giant’s Causeway), and Dublin, not to mention the after-trip to Kilkenny for a food festival (don’t worry, I promise…