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Nov 4, 2012 - City Slickers
*** We hope everyone on the East Coast and in the Northeast is recovering from the terrible storm. We didn't have the internet hooked up yet when it hit the U.S., but we managed to get bits and pieces of news about it. Now that we're online, we've been viewing photos and videos of the storm, and our hearts go out to everyone affected by it. Winter is rapidly settling in over here, so we're venturing outside a bit less these days. Most days are rainy, windy and COLD. Overnight lows are just a tad above freezing, and daytime temps rarely...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2012 - We're "home"!!!
So much to report! So little time! We've rented a 200-year-old stone cottage on Cavetown Lake in County Roscommon, near the lovely little town of Carrick-on-Shannon. We're in "Yeats country," which is to say that part of Ireland that is the subject of SO much of W. B. Yeats' poetry and his brother Jack's paintings. We've met a lot of wonderful people, several of whom have become good friends already. We've been overwhelmed by the extent to which our lovely new friends have gone out of their way to help us with the logistics of settling in...Jump to full entry
Aug 3, 2011 - Sligo
Hello from the Emerald Isle. Bit of a short entry today as the INet cafe closes in a few minutes. We spent three days in Dublin (mild battles with the jet lag) before journeying west and north. First stop was Sligo where we visited a couple megalithic sites: primarily burial sites. They were built between 6,000 BC and 2,500 BC. Carrowmore being the largest such in Europe. The Emerald Isle is indeed that; the green to be seen is amazingly verdant. The Irish people are very friendly, cheerful and helpful. The Irish tourist offices are about...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2010 - Northern Ireland
This morning we had another Maccas breakfast and continued our journey north. Our first stop was at The Glens of Antrim, which lie roughly east of an imaginary line drawn between Ballycastle and Ballymena. We arrived early with barely a sole in sight, and followed the path leading to the waterfalls. The walk was very pleasant and green, with many tall trees and plants surrounding us. We arrived at a small waterfall but didn't continue the track to the large one because we didn't have enough time. However we spent a bit of time taking photos...Jump to full entry
Sep 25, 2010 - Yeats' Country
@@@@@@@ Background Many people are drawn to Ireland to focus on the literary history of this fascinating land. Were you aware that Ireland has produced four Nobel prizewinners in Samuel Beckett, Séamus Heaney, Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats? When you consider the fact that the Irish literary tradition is split along lines of rural and urban, Gaelic and English, and Catholic and Protestant, it becomes even more astounding. Add to this mix, Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Sheridan, Maria Edgeworth, Oscar Wilde, Sean O’Casey,...Jump to full entry
Sep 19, 2010 - Ireland
We arrived in Ireland after only 4 hours sleep the night before... tired!!! We rented a car from the airport and after having to remember how to drive and then get someone to actually open the security gate for us we followed the GPS to the Giant's Causeway - somewhere in Northern Ireland... It was quite a view!! Although we had to walk through the rain to see it. Ireland is.... green!! (and cold!!) We arrived in Sligo... a place we picked at random on the map and picked a random hotel from the GPS. It turned out to be a lovely apartment...Jump to full entry
Jun 11, 2010 - Summer in Sligo!
June 20, 2010 * Had an amazing weekend camping on Coney Island. I put up some new pictures. Our tent overlooked the beach and Karlee was an absolute star finding bits of wood to burn! Mostly old pieces of fences...There isnt exactly an abundance of trees on the Island. Silly Canadians. We just sat by the fire, had some drinks and talked and laughed into the wee hours. Next weekend is a big music festival and you camp the whole weekend, so we are so excited for that...Jump to full entry
May 3, 2010 - Northwest Ireland
Monday Last night was great fun..we went to Dunguaire Castle on the banks of Kinvara Bay. Dinner was a Medieval Event with the King and Queen..which turned out to be us (the anniversary celebration continues). There was good food, wine, singing, poetry and a good time. We left Galway and headed north. Our first stop was Clonalis House in Tuam, home of the O'Conor family one of the first families of Ireland. O'Conor was one of the original chieftains of Ireland. They trace their ancestry back 25 generations. Interesting estate,and they are...Jump to full entry
Apr 25, 2010 - PDP
Hello everyone!! Bitter sweet...But my journey finally has an end date. I got into PDP at Simon Fraser University and will be starting in September! This little misses is going to be a teacher :-) I will need to fit in a LOT of travelling and fun over the next 4 months! Just still having such a great time! It couldnt feel more like home, made such amazing friends, and my parents arrive in London in 3 weeks! I am so excited for them to travel around the UK and see what I see...and see ME!!!!! We are going to travel down the west coast of...Jump to full entry
Apr 15, 2010 - Meet Harley & Dexter: Our Burnese Mtn Pup Roomies!
We took a road trip 3 1/2 hours up North so Michael could pick up a Burmese Mountain puppy...which turned into TWO burnese mountain puppies!!!! (WHAT! He needed a buddy??? :) We are absolutely in love with them!! They are SO WELL DOCUMENTED! haha. First day at the beach, first car ride, and first bath tonight! We named them Harley and Dexter. Harley is full of energy and he is high maintenance which makes him really sweet and Karlee has fallen in love with him. Dexter is a little sleepy tub who can cuddle in any position...but he never wins...Jump to full entry
Apr 9, 2010 - Living in Sligo, Ireland :)
April 13, 2010 The weather has been BEAUTIFUL!!! We have had BBQ's and sunshine galore! Spent tons of time at strand hill....gorgeous. Great local outdoor pub and this HUGE bay of a beach that is full of surfers and rolling hills of sand! Michael and I have also had a couple good rides on his bike -- I posted a few new pictures. We came across a bunch of baby sheep!!! SO CUTE. The views are also unreal from where we are! Enjoy!! XOXO Laura ************************* Hi everyone!!! I have been so bad at updating the site this time around. I...Jump to full entry
Mar 25, 2010 - Moving to Ireland -- Buh Bye London!
March 27, 2010 Sad to be leaving London in a couple days -- I have grown so attached! Saw Les Miserables in theatre! Absolutely AMAZING. Cannot wait to go again. Walked around Hyde Park...Gorgeous. A night of dancing at Fabric -- multi level, multi rooms... What a blast! Bought out all of PRIMARK for cheap fashions. I am a walking floral print. Really. Bike taxis around London...What a cute way to see the city. Off to Brixton to visit with Karlee - She leaves for Ireland tomorrow morning! (Just need to figure out how to pack 80 pounds of...Jump to full entry