Monthly Archives: August 2008

Memorable Moments in Ireland

Memorable Moments in Ireland

In case postings about the expensiveness of Ireland and Melissa’s bad Thursday give the wrong impression, we’ve had a lot of great experiences during our month in the Emerald Isle. We’ve also had some smelly or scary or silly moments that have given us a better feel for life in rural Ireland. Here are a… Read More

Travel Isn’t All Fun and Games

Travel Isn’t All Fun and Games

If you travel long enough, you’re bound to have an occasional truly miserable day that just leaves you wishing you were home. We’ve had a few of them along the way, but last Thursday ranks near the top for Melissa. In order: –While sleeping peacefully in our cottage at the hostel where we’re working, I’m… Read More

Unexpected Ireland

Unexpected Ireland

Ireland is a place that I (Chris) have wanted to visit for a long time. I was raised on Irish folk music, and some of my ancestors came from Ireland long ago. It was a country that I thought might “call” to me, as Scotland calls to a good friend of mine. Melissa and I… Read More

Quirks of Slovenia

Quirks of Slovenia

Every country has its practices or sights that seem especially unusual to an outsider. Here are some of the ones we noticed in Slovenia: People smoke like chimneys here–more than Italians, certainly, and maybe more than Spaniards. Strangest of all, even many outdoorsy people smoke. It’s not unusual to get to the end of a… Read More

A Strange Day in Ljubljana

A Strange Day in Ljubljana

Slovenia’s capital and largest city seems to have a little bit of everything. We learned that first-hand on a very sunny and hot Saturday in late June. We began the day by strolling around the central market that spreads around Ljubljana’s cathedral, drooling over the fruits and vegetables, flowers, fresh meat, honey, bread, and other… Read More