Killarney National Park

I just got back from a last-minute road trip to southwestern Ireland – which covers Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula.

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Ireland in July

July was a good month!

With the lifting of the travel ban across the island, we can finally move outside of our county.

The first place we went to was Glendalough in Wicklow National Park, for a breath of fresh mountain air.

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Dublin in June

June 8th kicks off the phase two of Ireland reopening, and with that, we were able to travel anywhere within the county. This has opened up several hiking opportunities.

Howth

We couldn’t wait to get back to Howth, so that’s what we did on our first weekend after June 8th.

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Venice Carnival 2020 – Doge’s Palace

When we arrived at the Venice Marco Polo airport, there were masked people in hazmat suit carrying contactless thermometers screening passengers. Border control and customs took merely a minute – the fastest I’ve ever encountered in any airport in the world.

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Hello Dublin

My dear friends and fellow bloggers, I am back.

During the 11 months of my absence, I was offered a job in Dublin and successfully relocated to the Irish capital.

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As it turned out, starting a new life, leaving everything behind, wasn’t all that easy. Continue reading “Hello Dublin”

Douro Valley, Portugal

At the Porto airport, a Sixt rental agent was trying to upsell us a Mercedes-Benz. It’s only 42€/day she claimed – 18€ more than the Smart car we booked off Expedia – and it would come in handy when you drive those mountain roads. She almost had us, that is, until we reviewed the total amount and realized that, contrary to our understanding, the daily rate had now jumped to 66€ (almost tripled the amount we had initially signed up for) and we were going to be driving for 9 days. We politely declined her offer and kept our Smart.

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Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands

My days in Copenhagen and the Faroe Islands went like a dream. It wasn’t so much of a “dream” come true – because, honestly speaking, both destinations weren’t particularly high on my list – I only went because I was awarded a trip of my choice by my company with additional vacation days to spare so I wanted to do something different. What I ended up having was an amazing jaunt brimming with new discoveries and cherishable memories.

From the magnificent sunset in Nyhavn

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A Day Trip and More to Eat in Porto, Portugal

It’d been almost an hour since we’d been waiting for bus no.2 by the Braga train station. “C’est compliqué en Dimanche” – said the Portuguese woman to a French couple nearby before she jumped on her bus and took off, leaving us clueless tourists behind.

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We decided to grab a taxi, which conveniently delivered us to the hilltop of the religious sanctuary named Bom Jesus do Monte, that boasts a beautiful church

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