Saturday, March 19 Saturday was our last full day in Ireland (well, for now). The weather was sunny, with blue skies- but SUPER windy! In the morning, the kids soaked up time with their little cousins in the hot tub: What a beautiful morning!! Eventually we all got ready, and by mid-morning we headed out… Continue reading Day 8: Scenic drives, Downpatrick Head, Beach and Ballycroy National Park
On Sunday we spent the day in Chicago!! It was a really, really great day. SO FUN!! Chicago is only a couple hours from our house, but it's not a place we go often at all. In fact, I think the last time we were there was when the boys were maybe around 3 and… Continue reading Chicago Day: SO MUCH FUN
Happy belated Memorial Day. 🙂 Hope any US readers who celebrated the holiday had a nice "kickoff to summer" weekend! We took an impromptu short getaway to LaCrosse, WI this weekend. (Technically, we started from home, drove to Prairie du Chien, WI/ McGregor, Iowa along the Mississippi River, then drove up a stretch of the… Continue reading (Not) ready for a new week!
Friday, March 18 We had made tentative plans to go biking on Saturday, but upon waking up Friday morning, the weather forecast looked significantly better for Friday than Saturday. It was supposed to be extremely windy on Saturday. So, we called to reserve bikes from a local rental place for later that same afternoon instead.… Continue reading Day 7: Country morning + Biking the Greenway
Thursday, March 17 Thursday was St. Patrick's Day! We didn't specifically plan our trip to be in Ireland over St. Patrick's Day, exactly, but it just happened to work out with the timing of the boys' spring break. It was just an added bonus. 🙂 I should say, though, that I think when people envision… Continue reading Day 6: St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland!
Finally resuming the recap of our Galway day! See part 1 here. Wednesday, March 16 (continued) So, I left off at lunch time, at the Kings Head. Following lunch, we set off to do some sightseeing. First stop..... St. Nicholas Collegiate Church This was a very quick stop, because it was CLOSED. Bummer. Apparently it… Continue reading Day 5- Galway, Ireland: Part 2
*Picking back up on some trip recaps! See Days 1-4 in my Travel link on my site's homepage menu. Wednesday, March 16 The plan for Wednesday was to do a "Galway day". Galway is a very cute, very popular city in western Ireland, which is about 1 1/2 hours south from my sister's house. It… Continue reading Day 5- Galway, Ireland: Part 1
I sometimes feel confused, when traveling abroad, about what I am supposed to say when people ask where I'm from. I'm from the United States of America. But that is a bit of a mouth full. Also, at least in Ireland, it seemed that most people we talked to thought it was obvious that we… Continue reading “Where are you from?” Country name confusion while traveling 🙂
I woke up this morning AGAIN at ~3:15, making it the 4th day in a row I have woken up in the 3:00-4:00 a.m. hour. Today though, I felt determined to fall back to sleep. (The last few days I didn't really fight it and basically just got up extra early.) But I have been… Continue reading Tired + some random musings on international travel
We're in that kind of fuzzy stage right now after vacation, trying to get back in the groove. It's harder when it's a long vacation, like this one was. Sleep/ jet lag has been so-so. I've been waking up really early and unable to fall back to sleep- around 3 am on Sunday (1st day… Continue reading Adjusting to normal life