Our Saturday Night in Dublin

Dublin is expensive and hits you like a brick after exploring the rest of Ireland for a week. People everywhere; a multi-cultural mosaic like nowhere else in the country. Tourists and tour buses everywhere. The Temple Bar pubs and restaurants along the Liffey [River] overflowing with people during the busy dinner hour. It's a party …

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Tracing My Irish Roots

Very quickly I realized I was grossly underprepared. With our valuables in a clear, plastic bag, and a brand new membership card in my pocket, we sat down in the archive room at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and I was at a loss of where to start. I came with a …

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Planning Notes for Traveling to Ireland or Northern Ireland

When I decided to travel to Ireland I was prepared to go on my own. I dove into our family ancestry over the Christmas holiday and wanted to learn more about where we came from in a way that seems to happen when one is trying to understand who they are.  The somewhat unexpected passing …

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Inca Trail Day 4 – Our Trek to the Lost City of the Incas Comes to an End

Our American friends’ alarm went off at 2:45am in the tent next to us. “Good morning, Canada!” They shouted over to us. “Good morning, we are up!” I shouted back. The porters were already moving about and our sleep had been brief. The Americans had been at the front of our group most of the …

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