The Skellig Ring

Storm Francis landed on the coastal village of Waterville precisely at 2100 hour, according to forecast. Throughout the night, the wind roared, the ocean raged, the roof rattled, I slept like a baby.

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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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