Destinations for the Newbie Traveler

I have met several people over the last few years in the 25-30ish age range that have not traveled outside of the United States. There are various reasons for this: time and money being the ones most often cited. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since only 30% of Americans even have a passport…. I just didn’t think I would know that many of the other 70%. Having a parent who was born in Italy and an extended family who often traveled to and from the mother noodle, I grew up assuming most people spent time roaming around the world…. Read more


From Doolin to Inis Mór

I went to Ireland for the first time in 2009. I had heard on NPR that the country was in the throws of an economic crisis and I thought to myself, that might mean cheap flights. It turns out I was right and managed to score a flight from NYC > DUB for $310 round-trip. I didn’t consider Ireland on the top of my travel list at that point, having been to very few countries, but I knew it was a good opportunity to see a new place without breaking the bank. Since I wasn’t well traveled at that point,… Read more


Having a Blast in Bunratty

Nelly’s Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. In a previous post I wrote about being conscious of the “moments” that happen in any given year. While some moments are the culmination of hard work and planning, like crossing the finish line of a marathon, some are complete surprise. Our night in Bunratty, Ireland was very, very unplanned. As Joanna… Read more


Reflecting on the Moment

The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past 12 months and think about the best and worst moments. For the past few years, I have made a list of my favorite moments from that year. Even though we are only a little over halfway through this year, I’m already finding myself thinking about the great moments that have happened already and wondering what might get edged out as the year goes on. Most of my moments have something to do with a trip I’ve taken. While I fully believe all your “moments” could happen right… Read more


Very Quick Limerick

There once were two girls from New York, Who went to Limerick from Cork. They found coffee and beer, Friendly people and cheer, And some yummies to eat with a fork. Greyhound-like Tour After visiting the English Market in Cork we hopped the bus on to Limerick. We had purchased fresh bread and cheese at the market, and so enjoyed a little picnic as we used the free bus wifi to search for what to see and do at our next stop. We arrived under grey skies and were greeted with more of a city-feel than I think either of us was expecting…. Read more


Finding Fabulous Food in Dublin

As soon as I got off the bus in the Dublin center I felt comfortable. It was 5am. There were very few people about, yet those that were, were friendly. The street sweeper even offered up a “good morning” and a comment on the weather with a smile and charming lilt. I was tired from 24hours of travel – spending the night on the floors of the ferry station and boat – and Jen wasn’t do in for another hour or so but even so I was rather content as I searched for coffee and maybe some comfort food. I wandered… Read more