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packing

yesterday was my last day of work. It was a bittersweet moment as I have really enjoyed my time at AIB and made lots of good friends within the hallowed halls of Bankcentre and Donnybrook House. Last night during my walk home the wind and the rain were quite fierce and I got soaked (even though I had packed an umbrella) which is just Ireland’s way of saying “see ya!!”

my family and I have also had an excellent time touring the Irish countryside, which truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. My final drive through the countryside (for now at least) will be the 3-4 hour trip to Rosslare tomorrow morning where I will catch a ferry to Cherbourg in France. From there I will go to hang out with my friends in Lyon (yay!) and give a presentation for school in Clermont (boo!) and then return to Canada on the 21st.

my NaNoWriMo writing has stalled while I pack up the house, travel and finish a final report for school. Although I am writing a great deal on this report every day it doesn’t technically count for NaNoWriMo and that is too bad. I’m hoping that I will have time after my return to Canada to whip out a good several thousand words. Who knows, I may be able to slip a few in here and there before my return.

tonight my friend Paul is coming over and we’re going to drink a few pints and watch the Premiership on TV. He and his wife Julie have a daughter named Helen and their family and our family got along famously during our 6 months here in Dublin. They will be missed.

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11. Nov, 2006
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Ireland in pictures

it has been quite a while since I have posted any updates; I promised myself I would take some time tonight to ftp some photos to my web site and post them to my journal so that everyone could see what we’ve been up to lately!

we are still living in Dublin of course, and have been taking every opportunity to tour the surrounding countryside. During August we took a trip to Northern Ireland; I stayed in Belfast for one night and then met up with the rest of the family in County Antrim (we stayed in Bushmills, where they make Bushmills Whiskey at the oldest licensed Whiskey distillery in the world) for the rest of the long weekend. Some photos from that trip:

a rainbow over the coast of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. In the bottom right hand corner of the picture you can see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

a path along the cliffs leading to the aforementioned rope bridge.

in early September my parents came to visit us for two weeks; for the first week of their visit we took a trip to County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. We stayed at a 150 year old farmhouse (in Ireland it is quite popular to rent a vacation house for a week or two) near Headford, close to the border of County Mayo. Some photos from that week:

Connemara. As you can see, Connemara is a very beautiful part of Ireland. I was fortunate enough to capture three swans in that photo.

the family on a beach near Roundstone.

the cliffs of Inis Mór. My father and I took a day trip to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, where we went to Dún Aonghasa, a well-known fort constructed in the Iron Age several thousand years ago. The fort is basically a stone construction right on the edge of the cliff (it forms a half-circle around the cliff face which then drops into the sea). It was quite an amazing thing to experience.

the chevaux-de-frise surrounding Dún Aonghasa. You can see here jagged stones placed several thousand years ago to slow potential attackers from reaching the fort (these were especially effective against those on horseback).

finally, here are some photos from life in and around Dublin:

me, Callum and the guinea pig. Taken at Glenroe Open Farm in County Wicklow.

swingin’. Similarly taken at the Glenroe Open Farm, which also featured a good sized playground for children (not to mention a nice walking trail with a SECRET GARDEN).

snails. Okay, if you must know, there are a ton of snails in Dublin; after a rainy day (and in Ireland most days are rainy days) tons of snails come out of the woodwork to crawl around willy nilly. At any rate, one day Callum and his minder walked up and down our street collecting as many snails as they could find; they ended up finding over 30 snails (not to mention a few slugs) which they then deposited in our front yard. 20 minutes later and the snails had all disappeared – strangely enough they all took off (relatively speaking – I suppose it was more of a meandering off than a taking off, these are snails we’re talking about here!) in the same direction. That would of course be the direction away from Callum and his minder.

that’s all for now!

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Glendalough

we went here today. Here’s proof!

also, from a French festival we went to yesterday, here’s Callum in the bouncy tent.

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16. Jul, 2006
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Kerry

last weekend we toured the Ring of Kerry with a friend of Yvonne’s. It was beautiful! At almost every turn there was a beautiful view of some sort to inspire picture taking. The best part about it was the varied landscape – mountains, lakes, beaches, forests – the Ring of Kerry had it all.

here are a couple of quick photos from the trip –

scenery
more scenery
me on some rocks!

in other news, I’ve been watching a lot of World Cup football (aka soccer) and drinking a lot of Guinness. Good times…

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14. Jun, 2006
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Cork

first off, here is a picture of lil miss whalespout!

during the past few days we decided not to take an extended trip east to Italy and Switzerland and instead to head north to northern France, England, Wales and now Ireland. We managed to move out of our apartment in Clermont-Ferrand without much difficulty (I suppose getting all of our stuff into our small Renault was a minor problem but with the help of a roof rack and some tiedowns we achieved it!) and the journey northward went well. Snowdonia (in Wales) was amazing to drive through – I highly recommend it. Fortunately, driving our car on the left hand side of the road was not as difficult to adjust to as I had originally figured it would be!

we are currently staying at a hotel in Cork, touring around a little before my internship starts on Monday the 15th. It is a very beautiful and green spring in Ireland, albiet still a little cold. Tomorrow morning we’re going to drive back to Dublin, visiting Blarney Castle (and kissing a certain stone in the process, of course) along the way.

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07. May, 2006