Christmas Belfeast

I met Christmas Day with a mix of emotions. I’ve been gone about a month and a half, and yesterday was easily the day I spent the most time thinking of home. I had some ups and downs, but kept my head down and made it through. As nice as it was to have relatives …

Proper Crimbo

Well, it’s Christmas Eve, I don’t know it for the feel of it, but only for the day that it is. It just doesn’t feel like Christmas without being surrounded by the ones I love. I am blessed that I have Carol, her mum and the Kirklands to spend Christmas with, but I not in …

Man Alive, Barely

What do you call two Canadians in Dublin? Doesn’t matter, they’re too drunk to care. So, what an interesting time Dublin proved to be. I arrived Friday afternoon on a 16 quid/return bus from Belfast. The ride down went quickly, and it was with much amusement I sat and listened to some very loud locals …

Dublin

Yep.. that’s about as creative as I can get for a subject line right now. Just wanted to post quickly and say that photos will be coming soon (well, when I get back to Belfast). Dublin has been awesome. Seeing Julie and Gerard has been great! And I met a very cool, very cute girl …

The Life Of Ry

Hey, so today officially marks the One Month Away point. And let me be the first to say, it’s flown by. I figured that perhaps now would be a good time to share some of the wisdom I’ve learned so far. Travellers are a community unto themselves. It is like a club and once you …

Ulster Fries and Meat Loaf

Well, I’m about four days into settling into Ireland for the month and I’m having quite the time! Friday night Carol took me to her friend’s place out in the country where I ate tons of curry and drank loads of Guinness. I’ve waited until Ireland to have a drop of Ireland, and with the …

Random In Edinbur-ah!

Yesterday I boarded a train that took me to the costal town of Stranraer where I got on the biggest ferry I’ve ever seen and waved farewell to Scotland. I feel a bit like I’m on a city scouting trip, as each place I go I am trying to gauge if I could live there. …

A Ness Place To Visit

I must say, what the Glasgow gloom did to dishearten my spirits about Scotland, Inverness lit my opinions with sunshine. Though I arrived in the dark and rain, by Sunday morning, true to the day’s name, the sun was shining. I didn’t end up going out Friday night, as Barbara’s boyfriend never made it down …

Glasgow-go-go

After failing, once again, to secure a ride with my thumb, I returned to the house in Manchester, begging and pleading for another night’s accommodation. It was cool to stay another night, as I got to know Pete a bit better, as he only showed up on Monday night. I informed him that when he …

Hitching – Take II, Bugger, take it all.

Is there something wrong with me? I mean seriously… no one picked me up. Perhaps I’m too intimidating? Perhaps I am just too impatient. Or perhaps, and this is a stretch, I just really like mass transit systems so much, I am secretly sabotaging my hitchings. Anyway, embarked early this morning to hitch again. Took …

Mancunian Candidate

The bittersweet defeat of my unsuccessful attempt to hitch out of Ipswich has been tempered by the fact that I am again staying with some wonderful strangers. Woodbridge was great, a nice break from the fast pace of London. I mostly just sat around, read and watched TV. One day I headed into Ipswich and …

Ok, just in case ….

So, this entry isn’t really an “entry” per se, but rather just a quick update incase I get abducted when I attempt to hitch hike to Manchester tomorrow and am swept off into some human-trade slave organization – in which case I would not get to do an update, and I’m sure you’d all be …