ireland

Reflections on an Experiment

I was going to post this ages ago (March 22, in fact) and I don’t know why I didn’t. I guess it got lost in the blog shuffle. It’s nice, though, that I get to post it today: August 19, exactly 5 months to the day since I returned to Canadian soil. Going to Ireland […]

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A Very Irish St Patrick’s Day

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I know, I know. St Patrick’s Day was almost two months ago. Holy crap. But I’ve finally gotten around to talking about it. When I decided that I was going to leave Ireland early, I had only one caveat: I wanted to be in the country for St Patrick’s Day. This made my departure much […]

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My Love Affair with Churches Continues

My favorite thing that I did while in Ireland was also the simplest and cheapest: visiting St Fin Barre’s Cathedral. My apartment was less than a ten minute walk from the cathedral and I saw it literally every day (the grand spires can be seen from many vantage points in Cork; it seems like it […]

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Cathedrals and Cruise Ships in Cobh

After our adventures at Blarney Castle, we drove the 35-ish minutes to Cobh, neé Queenstown. This adorable seaside town’s major claim to fame is that it was the Titanic’s last port of call before she set out for America. First, we headed up up up, to St Coleman’s Cathedral, set high on the hill. A […]

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Adventures at Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, arguably Ireland’s most famous attraction. Pucker up and kiss this nondescript expanse of rock and you will have the Gift of Gab bestowed upon you. I don’t know if I got eloquence from it, but I certainly had a grand time at the castle. This time around, there […]

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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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