What I Miss About Living in Dublin Ireland

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While we lived in Ireland it always felt temporary, we thought at some point we would be moving to the Czech Republic. I was never much good at living with the temporary lifestyle and consequently always wanted to move quicker than what was sensible. Ireland was so temporary that I ended up living there for 16 years… So anyway we moved. And it took a year before I started talking about what … [Read more...]

Liberec Some Things to See and Do

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You might end up in Liberec by accident, or maybe you are in the area and curious, like we were driving back from a weekend in the mountains that run along the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. But I wouldn't go out of my way to head there for the day or for sightseeing – it is not a pretty city, though it has a comfortable feel and it’s nice to sit in the main square and have a coffee … [Read more...]

Summer in the Czech Republic

End of Camino in France

So I am heading into my last month here in the Czech Republic and looking forward to going back to Dublin. I have enjoyed myself, but as usual have got a lot less done than expected at the start of the summer. We arrived here in the middle of April and it was freezing, I didn't expect that, I just thought it would be a few degrees warmer than Dublin. During the first month I was building fires … [Read more...]

Walking Holiday in South Bohemia, Czech Republic

I have not written here for an age, so now that I am on holiday and doing my best to try and not work, here goes. We are staying in this pension in Bohemia, it is a converted farm house, A and I would both love one, we have looked before we came here – but we are unsure about country living – that would be such a shock to us.  The pension is great, large rooms, friendly and for my Irish … [Read more...]

Hotel Adam

Like most Czech Hotels the service in Hotel Adam is fairly disappointing.  The staff are not friendly and do not know how to smile with the exception of the female manager - who was the only one who managed to simile and be chatty. There is good and bad to be said about this hotel - it has a great swimming pool with sun beds that can be taken out onto a sun terrace, as with most places in the … [Read more...]

Vancouver to Banff

Vancouver to Banff takes one day if you are nuts and drive for 12 hours and break all the speed limits - enjoying the drive into the Canadian Rockies takes two days.  We as most people do stayed over in Kamloops, the town is full of motels and hotels for the passing visitors. This is one of the places where the Canadians encourage you to stop and part with some dollars for their amusement.  … [Read more...]

Where is Prague?

I was asked the other day "Where is Prague?" I must admit I was surprised by the question - I am back and forward to Prague quite often as that is where Anna is from and where we will end up living sometime in the next few years. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which in in Central Europe - you know right beside Germany, heard of that? I don't know a lot of things and I expect … [Read more...]

Glasgow v’s Dublin

I just spent a few days in Glasgow. It is so clean - I live in Dublin and the streets are dirty with rubbish that people have just dropped, mostly now I don't notice it. However when I visit some other city the contrast is startling. And it is not just the city centre, everywhere I visited surprised me at the cleanliness of the places, (lacking in dropped rubbish). Almost as if to reinforce … [Read more...]

Working in Ireland

During the last couple of years I have become a tourist Guide. Because I have lived and spent at lot of time working in Ireland I have come to know the country quite well, sometimes it feels like I have lived here as a tourist myself for the last ten years and never really settled into the idea that I would stay here. Although I like Ireland I have not wanted to stay here long term, ten years … [Read more...]

No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy

This is the first book of his that I have read, I had never heard of Cormac McCarthy before one of my friends suggested that a couple of his books would be good reading for over the holiday period. He was right and wrong. Cormac McCarthy's style, almost a complete lack of punctuation, takes a bit of getting used to - however once you get used to his style it in some way brings the characters … [Read more...]

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