Blarney Castle Ireland

Which one? Shannon or Dublin Airport?

There is something about finally booking a flight to Ireland that makes it feel real, like I am actually going instead of just dreaming.  While it is likely that I’ve been planning the trip for a while, when I get those plane tickets, I get so excited—like can’t-sleep-start-the-count-down-can-we-go-tomorrow excited. But before we buy those tickets, […]

Ireland Bicycle, countryside and blessing

Irish Blessings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t grow up in an Irish-American household, so St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays I never quite got into when I was younger. I thought the day was primarily just an excuse for people to wear green and drink a lot of alcohol (Ha–I suppose this is true […]

Banoffee Pie

How Much Does It Cost? Part III: Food in Ireland

We’re counting up all the expenses for our 2014 trip to Ireland. Parts I and II covered transportation and accommodations. This time we are talking about one of my favorite subjects, food! Not just any food though, so-delicious-I-can-still-taste-it-someone-please-bring-me-some-now food. Food in Ireland The Irish have an incredibly strong connection to the land and sea. Restaurants and pubs […]

How Much Does It Cost? Part II: Accommodations in Ireland

Welcome to Part 2 of our ‘How Much Does It Cost’ series (Part 1 on transportation). This time we’re reviewing all our Accommodations in Ireland—how much they cost and our experiences with each place.  Joe and I stayed in 7 different locations for 14 nights in June, 2014, opting to stay in most places for multiple nights. We […]


Wet Feet and Wellies: A Day Trip to Great Saltee

“Ready for a wet landing?” “What’s a wet landing?” I found myself asking, even though I was pretty sure I already knew the answer. Besides Steph and I, there were four others waiting at the pier. These four, a group of jovial middle-aged men, had been trading jokes with each other since we had joined […]