Everything is ready for Ireland, plane tickets purchased, hostels booked, car rental arranged. I'm ready! The trip will start off in Dublin for two days. Each night will highlight a region of Dublin in and around the Temple Bar district. In typical nerd fashion I've mapped out my crawl to make sure that I'm making the best out of my two nights there. Each night will feature a mix of touristy pubs and traditional local pubs.
First night pub crawl
Second night pub crawl
After Dublin I'm headed off to Glendalough region south of Dublin. This will be a 2 day get-away from the major city to a Bed and Breakfast and hiking in the surrounding area. Visiting some of the natural beauty Ireland has to offer.
I'll then train across to Galway for 2 days to visit the west coast of Ireland and their hip, bohemian city. I've read up that Galway is a small city with a big heart. Tons of live music going on nightly and an energy that reverberates throughout. I'm excited to see what I'll find while there.
To end the trip I'll be heading down south from Galway along the west coast to a small town called Lisdoonvarna which is a quick bus ride to the Cliffs of Moher. However, Lisdoonvarna is famous for it's 160 year old Matchmaking festival they hold each year for the month of September. It's a way for the remote farmers to get together and dance for a week and maybe find their match. The festival is held in the tiny town that has just 1 intersection. It's going to be interesting to see a how the town can handle the influx of people. After all is said and done I'll then train back to Dublin for one last night and then fly out the next morning. 10 days... a short amount of time but I've somehow packed in a lot of things to see. As Tim Heidecker says...
Here are some things I've been up to in the past week.
I made an apple pie
Destroyed the high score board in Burger Time
Enjoyed some delicious tacos
Partook in record store day 2014
Ate at my favorite restaurant
Watched a Crew game from the Nordecke.
Needless to say I'm exhausted. Time for a nap.
The group went to the Near Eastside Coop to get a taste of a popup hot chicken event. Damn was it good. SOOO SPICY!
I went to see the documentary Maidentrip about a 15 year old Dutch girl's solo sailing trip around the globe. She wasn't accompanied by any teams to check up on her and only had help at her stops patching up her boat. It's really an amazing voyage for someone so young to do. She really grows a lot and embraces being alone on the boat for so long. The life lessons and self reflecting she does at the end of the trip is very inspiring.
You can find out more about her trip here.
Check out the trailer below.
Had a blast at a local Yelp event where we got to do a lot of crafts. There was the paint balloon dart toss, black out poetry, tissue flower making, and silk screening. Free food and drink with great company. Can't beat that!
Celebrated my 32nd birthday with a great group of friends at The Rossi this weekend. It's one of my favorite restaurants, small, great environment and amazing selection of food. Thanks to everyone for making it out!
So awesome! Anyway, on to Spoonful Records. They came through again with two albums I've been looking for and one that was recommended by the owner. I simply asked him if he had any French vocal albums and hooked me up with this one which was a home run.
Made it out to Spoonful Records today and was impressed by their selection. They had a lot of albums I've had my eye on for some time now. The layout is pretty nice. Just used records on one side, new on the other, plus two pin ball machines and a few couches spread out. I'll definitely be making a return.
My flight was booked last month and now I just finished booking my hostels. I'll be staying at The Green Tortoise right next to Pikes Place Market in Seattle and Cambie Hostel in Gastown Vancouver. Both appear to be in pretty hip parts of town.
While in Seattle I'll take a day trip out to the north side of Mt Rainier to hike around for the day. This trip will cover an 11 day time span. This will be a loose travel experience. I'll have some days planned out with 'must see' things like a Mariners game, the Seattle Aquarium, a brewery tour in Vancouver, among others. Outside of those times I'll be wondering the city checking out the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest. With just a few months away, I'm already getting excited for the trip.
Caught a live show last night at the small but intimate venue at Strange Loop Records. The High Definitions played and put on a great show for the crowd of 20-or-so people. While there I picked up a used U2 and The Police album. Sean, one of the owners, said they do live gigs every other weekend. I'll definitely be back.
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