this is our second 6 month stay...in 2007 the wife taught a class at University of limerick...during her sabbatical from the university here in california...otherwise the visits are 3 months during the summer "school vacation" i am retired and i spend a little more time there....so far are time there is pretty much "retirement time"...perhaps one day you can stop by for a visit...bob
hi sandy..wife and i leave Feb 9th ( week away ) for ireland..we can stay 6 months each year now that she is only teaching the fall semester at vanguard university here in costa mesa california.
speaking of air fares as we were a year ago...one way for us is only $210 each....we will get our roundtrip in dublin for our return this year and return feb 2010.....for various reasons we could not book a round trip this year ( has to do with a free roundtrip ticket we want to use )
hope you enjoyed your visit to ireland.....i didnt care all that much for my first visit ( too hectic ) but there is no place else i want to live....itis a comfortable fit for my wife and i who have had enough of the "fast life" in america...ireland is a good place if you are content to live a dull contented pastoral existence. and a happy joy filled satisfying one at that.
I enjoyed reading your page. Is the first photo in the slide show you? I assume that is some anthropological ritual you picked up from some exotic culture...i enjoyed your telling of your trip; too bad about the leprechaun or the cute irish guy. I studied sociology in college, so appreciated some of the nuances in your telling.
Thanks for the info, I think we would rent a car, although I wouldn't attempt to drive! Bikes would do it for me and I would definitely let someone else be behind the wheel. Your pictures are great. If I can figure out how to put a slideshow on I will get mine up too.
i bought a long to the knee unlined slicker type jacket at H & M store for me and a short version for my daughter and itwas enough to keep light rain off. we have boots-only wore mine once at plymouth, but a cap is good if it raisn, if nothing else to shiled the camera. my sister bought a peewee umbrella but the winds can make managing it and a camera interesting depending where one is.
Make sure to bring thin long sleeved shirts that oyu can double and that dry easily-layers are key-one hoodie and maybe a light sweater as it is odd this time of year i am finding. i wore shorts yeaterday but long sleeves and a sweater too.
I had been worried about coming during this season, but it has been grand--night is an open arena until 10pm-somwtrimes at 11, it is still dusky! Having fun, and glad for 1st soft rain btoday. WAs interesting on Dingle BAy and Ring of Kerry though--pain getting on an doff bus in wet weather, but ;aughable. Will email when pictures are ready to post.
Can't argue with you there, Fairbanks is horribly cold. My (now ex) GF moved up there for a job and I went with her. When the relationship went south so did I. ;)Living back in the lower-48 now, which is nice. Although I do miss the 22 hours of daylight in the summers. Congrats on the upcoming trip! I'd love to go visit the places my family came from--we'll, part of the family anyway. Guess we're all American mutts over here eh?
We are back in our Irish home, soaking in the peace and beauty. Here til mid-August this year, 6 months next year. Loads of work reclaiming plants and ground that the nettles and grass have taken back while we were away. The weather has been Irish. 8-) You will enjoy your visit, for sure--how long will you be able to stay?
We went through Cork and did not have the opportunity to stop...we made our way to Kinsale which is a charming town to visist and the beaches to it's south were beautiful. We rented a car and didn't do tours...the roads are narrow and take some getting use to use with all being opposite. We feel in love with Kilarney National Park...oh the garden there you could spend a day and not see it all, there is hiking...short and long ones. Jaunting Carts to take you around if you wish. My husband had to get his tooth fixed there by a local dentist too. The Ring of Kerry is a must see for such. We did best when we planted ourselves in one location for the day or half day and walked to see what we wanted. We got to meet people that way and get a feel for the area. We were there late June to July and the sun set was after 10 pm ...which you must have there in Alaska also...the opportunity to explore more and enjoy. The music ...just pick a pub that has the style you like. We went to the smaller pubs many times and the local musicans played the traditional folk, it was great. Just go with your heart girl, and it will be fun. You will have to keep all posted after your return. I envy you for the travel this summer. This summer we are staying put for my brother in law is fighting cancer and we want to be around for we don't know how much longer he will be with us here...and to support my sister. LIfe's adventures take us all on many turns. So yes let us know how it all goes...or any final plans you make.
Sandy you will love your visit to Ireland...the people, culture, land and music. It's a wonderful place that fills the soul. We enjoyed the land and fell in love with it. I hope to go back within a few years and stay longer next time. Be adventerous...it's funnier that way. Such a different world...but again spoke to me. So what are you all planning on seeing?
Thanks. I am happy that I have had such nice feedback on my pictures. I was abit nervous about posting them. I am looking forward to the new ones this summer though--will be a ton, I am sure--please write when you can, and especially when you come back--I want to hear all about it--should be grand/
You have a really nice page. I hope it all works out in Ireland. You will have ot join the group that writes about their travels on this site. Should be a blast--July right? We come hme the day oyu leave :(