Adventures & Travel

A Love Letter to Cork

When I visited Montréal six years ago, I was immediately struck by a feeling of belonging. I set foot in that city and felt like it embraced me. It was the first city I ever fell in love with. Cork is the second. Cork is beautiful, bursting with colorful buildings and friendly people, my two […]

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Circling the Ring of Kerry

I knew that I wanted to see the Ring of Kerry, even if I didn’t quite know what it was (I now know that it is a 179 km circular road in County Kerry that goes from Killarney, around the Iveragh Peninsula, through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Killorglin, with many interesting and scenic sights along […]

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Knowing When to Pack It In: Why I’m Going Home Early

I have always been the type of person who agonizes over decisions. Even when I know what I want to do, I will think about something for weeks, from every angle, before I commit to it. This was no different. I always knew that this trip was not going to be a cakewalk. I knew […]

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Ten Lessons Learned from 5 Weeks in Ireland

As of today, I have officially been out of the country for five weeks. It has been an incredible journey so far, and I thought it was a great time for some introspection about everything that has happened. So I came up with this list of things Ireland has taught me. 1. Know your travel […]

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Climbing the Cliffs of Moher

Last week, I checked off the first of my must-sees in Ireland: the Cliffs of Moher. I had seen many epic pictures of these incredible cliffs, and knew I had to see them for myself. So the first day tour that I booked, I chose the Cliffs of Moher one with Paddywagon Tours. It is […]

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty is Ireland. Beast is homesickness. I have been in Ireland for 2 weeks now. Officially away from home for 2 weeks, anyway. It has been a very long 2 weeks. Don’t get me wrong. I love being in Ireland. This is a grand adventure and it certainly feels like one. Ireland is like nothing […]

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The Chaotic Start of My Irish Adventure

Today is day 14 of my six month sojourn to Ireland. It has been an interesting trip thus far, that cannot be denied. I have travelled internationally before. Twice. When I was 8, my mom, stepdad, and I went to Mazatlan, Mexico. I developed an insane ear infection on the plane there, had to get […]

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One Week to Go

It’s just over one week until my departure for Ireland. There are so many emotions roiling inside of me right now, I couldn’t name them all if you asked me to. In general, though, I alternate between nearly peeing my pants with excitement and wanting to puke with nervousness. I keep thinking, “I have no […]

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Warming Up My Cold Feet

The last few days, I’ve been experiencing an intense bout of cold feet whenever I think about Ireland. It’s amazing how many excuses my brain can come up with. I’ve never travelled before. How will I manage on my own? I won’t see friends or family or Bryan for six months. I’ll go crazy. I’ll […]

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Keeping the Autumn Blues At Bay: Travel Plans!

Ah, September. Golden leaves rustling in the breeze, which carries the faintest crisp hint of winter. Colder, sharper sunshine. Big sweaters and tall boots, scarves and fingerless gloves. Everyone going back to school. The days are shorter and chillier, and it is oh so satisfying to curl up on the couch under a blanket with […]

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