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…

Media Issue

For those of you wondering why I’m not including as many photos as I usually do, it’s because WordPress has added a media limit which was non-existent when I began. I have nearly hit that limit, and I’m using this blog for an assignment for my travel class. There will be a few photos for…

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…

Appreciate the World

For my travel class, we were asked to write a manifesto inspired by Paris. This is mine. We will explore. We will not simply see that which we ‘must’ see; we will see that which has yet to be seen, yet to be found, yet to be appreciated. We wander in search for something unknown—for…

MerSea Paris!

I must be the worst blogger for stopping in the middle of a story. My school schedule is a little less full, so I will make it my new (school) year’s resolution to update you each Wednesday. Today, of course is exception. I decided that, while spending a few hours in the Philadelphia airport, to…