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Oct 27, 2015 - Turning the Negatives Into Positives

First off, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET SWEET SARAH! I posted it elsewhere and told her as much as I could "in person" (skype) and on facebook, and I'll say it here too, but it still doesn't seem like enough. It will have to do for now, until I can properly celebrate with her next year and all the rest of our years. I love you so much Sarah! I'm thinking of you always and I'm so proud of your accomplishments! And yes I'm talking about being the proud owner of a dodge challenger! (Can't wait to hear that playlist, Alex) Also because...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Wow, It's Been Awhile

So, time for a little update! First off let me just get a lil somethin' out there.....BERNIESANDERS2016 Phew, okay, moving on (God love ya Bernie, but you gotta up your game with gun reform, man!). But it's okay, I still #feelthebern Isabel and I were able to take a JOINT day off together!! It was such fun catching a bus together early in the morning, right on the side of the road outside Corcreggan. We travelled to Donegal Town, which is a big city compared to what I've seen lately and therefore a nice change. We both ate an amazing goat...

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Oct 5, 2015 - Encountering Unexpected Dangers

It's too close to Halloween for this shit. So, remember Victoria? I had mentioned her in a previous post. The other helper, bipolar, from Italy, now she's gone...ring a bell? Well, I figured that would be the last time I would encounter a strange situation with a very strange person (only when she's off her meds--otherwise I've heard she is very competent and lovely). I was wrong. Yesterday, Isabel and I are folding laundry, Marina is making stew, the guests are happily milling about...and then I see this girl outside, somewhere in her...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Pride is a Sin (Count me in!)

DISCLAIMER: 'Bout to get a little political/opinionated on ya, so..tread lightly and with an open mind, eh? (<--gotta start trying to sound Canadian in case I go to France and they're as American-hating as they're said to be. "Hi, I'm Courtney from Saskatchewan, Canada....eh? Aboot?" Ok now I'm being ignorant. Moving on...) Speaking of "American-hating"... I've learned that at least one man in town thinks that America is the worst country in the entire world. I mean, Americans can be overly patriotic/boastful and we might be able to buy a...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Things I've Learned

Following is a list of things I've learned since I've been here, so far. Keep in mind I haven't been here that long and I'M JiSt a SiMpuL 'MeRicUn. But, here goes: 1. Sometimes, Russians like to stab things when they are wronged? Let me explain why I make this far-reaching generalization. There was a guest here from Ireland who had made a few attempts to stay here but without offering any sort of payment or credit card information, which we must have on file when you book over the phone. He insisted that we hold a room for 2 nights for him...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Let me break it down for you

Okay, so here's the breakdown of the story that is my current life, for those that are interested. Setting: Corcreggan Mill in Donegal Co. Dufanaughy, Ireland. Weather: The clouds spit cold rain on you for a few minutes a day, but I have actually seen the sun and then everything is beautiful, cold, and crisp. Mood: optimistic. I like to practice realism, but in my heart, I think I'm generally optimistic. Hopeful for this experience to be even a little something like I expected or wanted. Characters: - My boss, Brendan. He has an incredible...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Fries are Chips and Chips are Crisps

Anytime I leave to go anywhere, even if it's to the grocery store, my dad always says to write if I get work. Well, I'm finally here in Dunfanaghy, Ireland and I've got what some might call work (Have I made you a proud papa?). I, however, call it lucky. Lucky that I found the helpx site, am in the ideal situation to travel solo for the better part of a year, and have the ability to come meet my first host, Brendan, who is the wisest man in all the land. Of course, I haven't made it that far yet ;-) He is quite filled to the brim with...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Ireland - Rossnowlagh to Slieve League

We certainly got lucky again on Tuesday with the weather. This was to be our day to travel to County Donegal with Slieve League (Sliabh Liag in Irish) as our destination. We traveled again through Enniskillen and past Belleek where we had toured the pottery thirteen days ago and continued west until we came to Donegal Bay. We had noticed Wild Atlantic Way signs in our travels on the bus and decided to stay on the roads designated as such where possible today. Our first stop was at Rossnowlagh where Sean recalled Boy Scout camping he did on...

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Oct 20, 2014 - It's the 10 day in Ireland

We visited Glencomlcille today, about an hour out of Killybeggs. It was quiet, about 800 people when everyone was in town! But they have discovered a niche for themselves providing cultural semester visits for colleges including our own Evergreen State College. There's church with a passage way for the Fathers to go underground when they were being invaded. We also saw a couple of the carved stones that marked the Christian pilgrimage walks, they were cool. The countryside was just what you expect when you think of Ireland and Donegal Bay...

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Oct 20, 2014 - On to County Donegal

Day 9 Sligo and W.B. Yeats Grave, Markievicz statue I can't believe I've lived inIreland for 9 days already! Today we make our way to County Donegal, our first stop is at Knock Shrine, in the town of Knock, County Mayo. There is a complex of several churches at the shrine which was established as a basilica by the Pope in 1979. The shrine is on the site where on an August evening in 1879, a group of 15 people of all ages, witnessed an apparition of two saints and an alter with a cross and a lamb. Two commissions of inquiry were held, the...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Day 26 - Sligo to Fintown (well Fintown was somewhere close by)

Woke early this morning...about 4.30. Read for a while, wrote. Few emails and then went back to sleep until about 7.30. Called the Trudgies after breakfast and had a quick chat. Everyone sounds well and in good spirits. Tried FaceTime with the Giles and Moseys without success. Our hosts last night, Peter and Mary were very nice. They are a retired couple who let a couple of their rooms. The house is lovely and we were very comfortable. We are heading to Donegal today by a fairly circuitous route. The grave of W B Yeats in Drumcliffe then on...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland

The city of Donegal is located in the northwestern part of Northern Ireland. HARVEY'S POINT HOTEL Our hotel was another family-owned hotel and part of the Manor House Hotels of Ireland group. It is owned by Deirdre McGlone, who we met, her husband and brother-in-law. It is located about three miles outside Donegal on a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Eske. Photos 1-40 The reason we wanted to stay in the Donegal area was to take a driving tour of the peninsula that has several interesting sites. MAP OF THE PENINSULA Photo 41 We...

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