As is the roundabout and
fickle unpredictable nature of my travels, I ended up staying for several weeks at a friend’s B+B in West Cork. It was February (re: slow season) 2018, and I was able to make myself useful helping my friend catch up on some behind the scenes office work, organization, and downsizing tasks. Being in this warm, loving space was just what my soul craved, and it was three weeks of much needed healing and growth.
Posted in Europe, Ireland, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged B+B, bed and breakfast, Castle, Cliffs, Cliffs of Moher, Derelict, Drombeg, forest, frogspwan, healing, history, Ireland, Lake House, Mizen Head, nature, Passover, religion, Seder, Standing Stones, Stone Circle, West Cork
And bagpipes, Tartan, clans, Hielan Coos, Scotch Whisky… the list goes on! When I started getting into Whisk(e)y, I knew I wanted to visit Scotland. But that wasn’t the only reason, not by far. Knowing my love of Ireland, I was swept away by all the lush and rugged beauty of Scotland. Gaelic music stirs my soul, and I was keen to experience all that bonny Scotland offered in abundance. (Not gunna lie…Outlander might’ve had a wee bit to do with this burning desire, too… But hey – not only do the arts provide an escape from reality, they inspire world travels, culture, self expansion…!) Continue reading
Posted in Europe, Scotland, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged Edinburgh, equine, Falkirk, Kelpies, lochs, monsters, Morrisons, mythology, Scotland, Tartan, The Grange Manor
Ever since moving to New York at 18, I’d fallen into the trap of trying to make every New Year’s Eve as raucous and debaucherous as possible. I had a good run of it, too; New York City in general, and Queen of the Night specifically, were ideal places for just such behavior.
But the older I got, and the more I sought out connection and a fun encounter, the more disappointed I was left. The build up, the hype, the crushing letdown of unmet expectations. It was frustrating, to say the least. Add on top of that I was getting to spend more and more NYEs in different countries and had higher hopes, only to be left sick or alone. I was becoming disillusioned with the whole thing. Continue reading
Posted in Europe, Ireland, Musings, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged 2020, brilliant, china, company, countdown, drinking, Dublin, Friends, healing, Ireland, kissing, love, new year's eve, nyc, nye, realization, Revelation, Scotland
Uisga Beatha (pronounced Oosh-kah Bae [Scottish] or Ish–kah Baha [Irish]) is Gaelic for ‘The Water of Life’ and used to describe that liquid golden nectar: Whisky. Why is Uisga Beathe synonymous with Whisky? Well, take your pick; from claims that it cured the common cold, smallpox, and other various ailments, not to mention warming the body against the chill of those harsh Scottish winters, back in the day, distilled liquor was safer than water to drink.
Today, we’re going to look at how this wonderful (and, arguably, healthful!) drink is made.
Posted in Europe, Uncategorized, Whisky
Tagged alcohol, american oak, angel's share, auchentoshan, barrel, cardhu, copper, dalwhinnie, Distillery, distilling, european oak, ferment, glenfiddich, glenturret, grain, loch, malted barley, mash tun, mature, new make spirit, scotch, Scotland, spirit, still, sweet wort, washback, Whiskey, Whisky, wood
The extent of my knowledge about Bruges was that a movie with Colin Farrell had come out some years ago with the same name. No idea what it was about*, but when I got to Belgium and Kim was like, “I’m taking you to Bruges this weekend!” I was all in.
Maybe it’s because I haven’t been to a quintessentially old-school European city in over 10 years, or maybe it’s because I’m an adult now and see and appreciate things through a different perspective, or maybe it’s simple the magic of the city itself, but I was enamored with Bruges from the outset.
Posted in Europe, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged belgium, boat ride, bruges, canal, canal tour, charming, cobbled streets, colin farrell, day trip, Europe, european city, history, horse drawn carriage, hot chocolate, in bruges, magic, old school, quaint, swans
One of the last things I did before leaving Wellington was take a day trip with some friends to The Pinnacles – a natural land formation that is quite unique and impressive. Oh yeah, it was also a LotR film site 😉
Iconic as The Dimholt Road (the path Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli traverse to reach the City of the Dead), the Putangirua Pinnacles are located in Cape Palliser, a 2hr drive from Wellington, and well worth a visit on a nice day! These tall, thin earth pillars (hoodoos) were formed by wind and water erosion, and provide a truly dramatic backdrop – no wonder Sir Peter Jackson used them in Return of the King!
Posted in new zealand, Travel, Uncategorized, wine
Tagged Adventure, cape palliser, dimholt road, gin, hike, lord of the rings, lotr, lunch, martinborough, new zealand, palliser estate, putangirua pinnacles, return of the king, road trip, the pinnacles, vineyard, wellington, wine, wine tasting
I went to the Colorado Renaissance Festival today. The weather was perfect, and I was flying stag – I could spend as much time meandering, browsing, and drinking as I wanted! It would be grand!
Posted in ENP, Musings, Uncategorized
Tagged 2019, america, animal abuse, animal rides, big cats, Bullhook, colorado, cub, elephant nature park, Elephants, festival, Kitten, lion, magick, ren fest, renaissance, renaissance faire, serval, show, tiger
I got to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Amsterdam, city of houseboats, bicycles, legalized marijuana use, and, oh yeah, prostitution! I was in the city less than 5 minutes before I caught the first pungent whiffs of weed, passed a pot shop, and wandered by a brothel which a business man was just leaving. Nothing like a little lunch break pick-me-up, amiright?
Posted in Europe, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged Amsterdam, anne frank, anne frank huis, banksy, bicycles, bike, boat, boatamsterdam, canal, canal tour, explore, gf, gluten free, houseboats, ivy and bros, legalize, marijuana, moco museum, museum, netherlands, pot, prostitution, van gogh, vegan, veggie, walk, weed
As I had a length of time yet until heading to China, I decided to revisit Thailand – but this time in the South. I headed to Koh Tao, 1. Because it is an island, and I’d yet to see any Thai islands, and 2. Primarily to learn how to dive!
Posted in Thailand, Travel, Uncategorized
Tagged Adventure, Coral, Diving, do, experience, Island, Koh Tao, learn, ocean, Ocean Republic, Sea Shepherd, sharks, snorkeling, Thailand, try, Water