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Communism, Capitalism and Defining “Eastern Europe”

In college I spent countless hours devoted to reading about, dissecting and attempting to understand other people’s existence here on good old planet earth. These are the joys of studying history. Being a history major is synonymous with piles of books, lengthy papers and meticulously scrutinized footnotes. But learning about the past has always fascinated me, not because, as I found, these people from different places and ages were so different from myself and my place and time, but, rather,…

Vienna, Dives, and Great “Balls” of Fire

The creak of the door was what did it, forced me to open my heavy lids through the throbbing alcohol and dehydration induced migraine I was now suffering through.  Squinting through one eye I caught sight of the small Eastern European woman sticking her head in the door, observing the room, then quickly hurrying off.  That was odd, I thought as my subconsciousness berated my still intoxicated semiconsciousness that it was missing some great detail.  As I started to drift…

Because Even If We Aren’t, We Are All a Little Bit Irish

Now I know most of my Irish friends won't get this, and probably get rather annoyed by people claiming they are Irish when they, their parents and even their grandparents never lived in Ireland, but the truth is as Americans (and I am sure many Canadians, and Aussies can connect to this too) our love for our ancestral Irish past is important, no matter how far removed.  If you have never lived in a country where no one, except for…

Istanbul, Turkey

I am in the process of catching up on posting all my travel photos, seeing as I failed epically to do so whilst traveling.  So here we go the first in a set of photo essays. Istanbul was such an amazing place to visit, especially coming from Asia, it was a nice step into Europe.  I was in Istanbul for about two weeks traveling with Sarah, my lovely British friend that I had met in Thailand.  We were both extremely…

A Very Downton Christmas

Last Weekend we had the pleasure of going to Ballymagarvey Village's annual Christmas charity dinner.  The dinner was Downton Abbey themed which, if you know me, I am in love with, so we got decked out in our best 1920s outfits and headed out for a night of prosecco, canapé's, fine wine and a delicious 5 course meal. Ballymagarey village is a refurbished Irish estate house and top wedding venue in Ireland.  Sinead, Alan's sister is a wedding planner there.…

Ireland: The Things I’ll Miss and the Things I Won’t

Ireland has definitely become a home away from home over the past year.  Having taken two trips now and collectively having spent 4 months here, Ireland definitely has a special place in my heart.  When I first came to Ireland backpacking on my own, I completely fell in love with the country and the people, and now having been adopted more or less by an Irish family I think I have been lucky enough to have a unique and special…

Trip Recap: One-Way Ticket to Thailand

  [caption id="attachment_1824" align="aligncenter" width="480"] So thrilled to be in Asia, eating my first meal of I don't know what that only cost me a dollar.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1823" align="aligncenter" width="960"] After meeting the Irish on my first day I decided to head down to the islands to meet up with them for the full moon party.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1822" align="aligncenter" width="960"] First I would head down to Koh Samui where I would spend a few days exploring on my own.[/caption] [caption…

Carlingford, Ireland

Last Thursday Alan had off from his internship so we decided to take a little drive north to the coastal town of Carlingford.  Braving the blistering weather, we took a nice stroll along the coast.  One of Alan's friends who is currently making his way to Africa from Ireland via bike (super crazy cool, I know) is a surfer and sells wet suits, and this is where they all like to go when they want to do s0me pier jumping…

Part 2: Following my Heart

[button link="http://heartofthenomad.com/2013/09/15/following-my-heart-my-journey-back-to-ireland-part-1/" round="yes" size="normal" color="white" flat="no" ]Following My Heart (Part One) [/button] When I landed in Bangkok I was in a daze. This, this trip, leaving everything behind for a far off place had been everything I had wanted for so long. Now it was real. Sitting in the back seat of the taxi I tried with all my might to drink in the culture around me, but I couldn't for the life of me seem to shake the loneliness…

Northern Ireland

My Birthday was over a week ago and Alan brought me up to Northern Ireland for the weekend.  We had an amazing time together, got to stay in a beautiful hotel and experience Bushmills distillery, the Giants Causeway and the Titanic museum.  It was so nice getting away just the two of us. For a long time being able to travel with the person I am with has become such an important factor for me in a relationship, and with…