Tag Archives: Ireland

#374 The Relativity of Snow

One might need a physics degree to actually understand the discrete mathematical concepts and equations behind Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and its application to cosmology and astrophysics,¬† but most people know and understand the layman’s version: Put your hands on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a…

Day #355 Christmas Day

Christmas day is for staying in your pajamas, watching your kid enthusiastically open presents and stare in wonder at the empty glass of milk and remaining cookie crumbs from Santa’s offering, and relaxing with family and cozy blankets.

Day #341 Superhero Frost

Anyone who followed my original #100happydays on Instagram will have read about why I have a fascination with frost. It is childhood memories and magic and beauty all rolled together into one very cold but exciting package. Unfortunately (from one point of view at least) I don’t get to see much in the way of…

Day #325 Giving thanks, the Irish way

Years and years ago I was studying abroad in London. I went to visit a college friend who was studying abroad in Dublin and she introduced me to the Mister. Fast forward and we both ended up in Ireland and she imported to our circle of Irish friends the American pot luck Thanksgiving Dinner tradition.…

Day #297 China comes to the zoo (also, orangutans everywhere!)

I finally had a chance to sort through some of the photos and videos from our trip to the zoo last weekend. In truth, it was a spectacular trip despite the grey, overcast skies. You see, we stumbled into the tail end of Dublin Zoo’s preparation for their first ever Wild Lights event which is…

Day #243 Into the rainforest

Here is the slightly belated second half of our weekend Dublin Zoo adventure. Leaving behind the fossils and the cold-blooded creatures, we followed the path to the Kaziranga Forest Trail, ¬†which replicates the Asian rainforest habitat to house the zoo’s family of Asian elephants. The zoo has been running a very successful breeding programme, with…

Day #220 The Burren: Karst Land

Yesterday was the last full day of our holiday in Doolin. We had a good run of weather mid-week, but when we woke up on Friday morning it was grey, wet, windy, and generally miserable. It was a day for staying in, cuddling under a blanket, reading, building couch forts, etc. All those things were…

Day #219 Another cave – it was a hoot!

That’s a pun. But you wouldn’t know that unless you knew that we spent yesterday visiting the Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre. The whole experience is very well organised. While Doolin Cave has a small visitor’s centre, everything at Aillwee Cave is done on a large scale. It’s one of the oldest caves…