Category: Ireland

Some Tips for the Blue & White Weekend in Ireland

I can’t believe that I completely forgot that a large number of Pennsylvanians will  be  invading (or in some caes already have invaded) Ireland this weekend. Some friends down the shore last weekend mentioned they were going and my cousins texted to rub it in my face late last night. They’re all going for the 2014 Croke

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Tellus 360: Lancaster’s “New” Gathering Spot

Downtown Lancaster is a lovely place to walk around (sidenote: when did I start using the word “lovely” to describe things?). There’s Central Market, plenty of shops and restaurants and  enough bars to some damage. If you’re wandering down East King street, just past the Marriott, you’ll encounter Tellus 360, a sprawling storefront complex that

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The Saga of Duffy’s Cut & Tellus 360

If you’re driving along King Road near Malvern PA, a small town approximately 30 miles west of Philadelphia in the heart of Pennsylvania’s mainline, you’ll come across an innocuous historical marker at where King intersects Sugartown Road.  The marker tells the tale of Duffy’s Cut Mass grave, a black mark in Pennsylvania’s history that occurred 181 years ago.

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10 Reasons You Should go to Ireland

While I do mostly run around the greater Pennsylvania area and am on a mission to write about said area, I have very much enjoyed my somewhat recent forays into international travel.  While I’m a big advocate of local travel, I also think that if you have the time and resources, everyone should try to travel abroad, even

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Hostelling in the USA (more specifically, in Pennsylvania)

If you read this blog at all you’re well aware that I recently returned from a week long trip to Iceland.  It was an amazing experience, whose success I partially attribute to where we stayed: Reykjavik Backpacker’s hostel. There were a number of reasons why staying in a hostel rather than a hotel enhanced our

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How to Deal With Getting Mugged in a Foreign or Not-So Foreign Country

If you google how to avoid being mugged, you’ll come up with a bevy of answers: Walk with purpose. Stay in well lit areas. Don’t go on the “wrong side of the tracks”. Keep your money in a fanny pack (they’re not just stylish). Mugging prevention might as well be titled common sense 101.  I

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March is Coming….

The holiday season is officially over which on one hand is depressing.  Nothing says happiness to me more than Christmas break in NEPA.  On the other hand, a respite is clearly needed.  I always wonder where the people I talk to, coworkers and students, spend the holidays that they deem, “so relaxing.”  While I love

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Irish Wish List

This is my last Ireland post.  Then, we’re back to PA related travel. SInce it was my first time in Ireland, we tried to see as much  as possible, which resulted in a lot of seeing, and far less doing, which is not ideally how I usually plan trips.  For my first time, I’m glad I

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Ireland Top Ten

My Top Ten Favorite Things to See in Ireland 1) Dingle Penninsula: National Geographic Traveler once called the Dingle Peninsula “the most beautiful place in the world,” and I’d have to wholeheartedly agree.  The day we spent on the Dingle Peninsula driving what’s known as the Slea Head Drive was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. After

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