Monthly Archives: April 2014

Belfast revived

    The memory of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland’s not-so-distant past is ever-present in Belfast, like the lingering tang of copper in your mouth after losing a tooth. It’s not dangerous or angry anymore, and tour guides constantly make sly references to it, some frank, some teasing, but it’s still there on everyone’s minds. […]

Historic Dublin

Dublin is less a big city than a collection of small towns in one space, I think. Friends I’ve talked to who love big cities tend to dislike Dublin, but I enjoyed it more than I’d expected. You won’t find skyscrapers or fast-paced city life in Dublin, but you will find musicians on the streets, plenty […]

West Coast Girl

Week one of Easter break finds me in Ireland with my study abroad program. With 45 other Americans in tow, this is the polar opposite of my solo trip to Amsterdam. My 2 1/2 days in Galway on the West of Ireland have seen me at the Cliffs of Moher, an Irish cinema, a McDonalds (oh the […]

Gift of Gab

My visit to Blarney Castle in Co. Cork, Ireland was the perfect taste of Ireland. That is to say, it rained steadily and without cease the entire time Elea and I were there.                               Blarney Castle is a tower house, the most […]

The Great Roommate Exchange

Last fall, my roommate Elea and I were planning our study abroad trips and of course we also planned to visit each other. I don’t know where the time went, but the time finally arrived to visit each other. I visited Elea for the weekend in Cork, Ireland where she is studying for the semester, and then […]

The Mother of Wales

Ynys Môn. The Isle of Anglesey. Known for Kate Middleton shopping and living there, and oh yeah, its ancient heritage dating back before the days of invading Romans. It’s just across the Menai Strait from Bangor, so this field trip was by no means my first time on the island (last month I went sea kayaking along […]

April fools

It all started with an ominous crow. Then Elea (April’s guest star on Sheep & Dragons) decided to see how seriously the Irish take trespassing.                 The police came and I tried to make a run for it.   Never run from the police. Next thing we knew, we […]