Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ireland

As a seasoned traveler I, Jan, have exp_2DSCN2122erienced many types of travel.  I know when I first started with various forms of travel it was often difficult to find recommendations and suggestions.  So I decided to share some tips of the traveler here on my blog!  Feel free to post comments and enjoy the travel in the minds eye!

First up IRELAND:

Wow, talk about Green!  I always heard how green Ireland is but the shades of green are spectacular and varied!  A recent visit to Ireland to Ireland included Kilkenny, Killarney and Kinsale.  Ireland is rather shaped like a plate in that it is flat in the center and mountains surround the edges.  Farming in the number one industry and the green pastures offer constant proof.  Approximately 10% of the population is employed in farming.  There is a current population of 4.6 million people, 8 million sheep and 6 million cattle.

     Ireland is made up of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland in the south.  My recent visit was to The Republic of Ireland.  Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain and in The Republic of Ireland where I was it is a sovereign nation of The Republic of Ireland. The monetary system is the Euro.  One of the reasons that it was so easy to travel around Ireland is the vast majority of Ireland speaks English as their primary language.
    Folks always ask about the weather – There is a saying, “Don’t come to Ireland for the weather – it rains in all four seasons!”  I found several t-shirts that commented on the weather – most involved rain.  I found Ireland to be very pleasant mild and as expected occasional mist more than rain. After all, to be so green there must be some rain.  There was also some mist, rain and sunshine.  Historically it is 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.  The weather can change quickly turning from mist to rain followed by bright sunshine and back to rain all in a day.   The weather is due to the effects of the gulf stream on the island and as with most islands the weather changes quickly.  I was there in October and found it to be quite lovely and wore a sweater most evenings and some days.
     When traveling from the US stay awake the day you arrive and try to go to bed at 9 PM or later local time to help your body adjust.  Just plan some light sight-seeing that first day and enjoy some of the tea and scones during your breaks, a personal favorite of mine!
     More to come on specific towns visited and general travel tips for Ireland.
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Travel and Adventure

I had my first transcontinental adventure when I was six months old. Sometime on that flight from the US to Africa the travel bug bit.  I have never gotten over that initial bite. I continue to  be drawn to travel in all forms. I love experiencing the people in all cultures in any manner of places. The smells of foreign spices, the taste of unfamiliar foods, and the laughter around the world are just part of what draws me to travel. I feel very blessed to live in a country that enables me to experience the world right here at home too.

There are so many wonderful places in this country, the good ole United States of America. Here I too experience God’s wonder on this planet called earth. I was amazed in Yellowstone by how much it looked like what I imagined the surface of another planet. Driving up the steep Rocky Mountains in Colorado to the Eagles Nest I felt like I was entering a painting. Hiking in the bad lands of North and South Dakota I discovered how different the two areas were.

Don’t get me wrong, my travel adventures continue to explore the world. From the beautiful ocean in the Caribbean, to breath taking mountain vistas in the Alps I am amazed at the wonder of our planet. We have so much to enjoy and I continue to be in awe examining the simple question, “God how did you think of that one?” I recently wondered just how many shades of green there are while traveling in Ireland.

I like to read about travel. For me the anticipation and research to plan a trip is all part of the adventure. This blog helps me continue the adventure and “unpack” all I have seen. I hope you enjoy the trip here!

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