2014: A Year Of Travel In Review (via Instagram!)…

O.K., so, as all my faithful readers know by now, 2014 has been a big year for me, what with me moving to Spain and all!!…

However, my adventurings this year have not only taken me to Zaragoza (my current homebase), but to a variety of interesting destinations…So, to cap it all off, here’s an overview of all of my travels this year via Instagram–which is quickly becoming one of my favorite things, EVA (thank God I got a smartphone this year)!!…

Choirland–This past March, I enjoyed the last Spring Break of my undergraduate career in the Republic of Oireland (properly pronounced as written), on a tour with my fellow classmates choir nerds

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If I Could Turn Back Time: My Top 5 Do-Over Destinations…

Taking a page from Kirstie from Venga, Vale, Vamos, I’ve decided to list the cities that I have the most ganas to visit all-over again–in no particular order, mind you!!…It’s somewhat difficult to narrow it down to just 5, but here I go, anyways!!…

1) London, England

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While so many other girls have fallen head-over-heels in love with Paris, I’ve been carrying a flame for Londontown ever since I had the pleasure of living and studying there for a month last summer…I mean, what’s there NOT to fall in love with (besides the crowds in summer)???…When I return, I’m DEFINITELY going to hit up more museums and visit more markets!!… Continue reading “If I Could Turn Back Time: My Top 5 Do-Over Destinations…”

Choirland (Why Didn’t I Come Up With That???)…

Hey, ya’ll–if you’re curious as to what exactly we sounded like singing in Oireland, here’s a video snippet of our impromptu performance at Kylemore Abbey:

Also, here’s an article from my university’s website where you can read all about it:

http://news.wfu.edu/2014/03/31/choirland/

[Le Sigh] Just take me back already…

By the way, in the video, the girl waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay in the left-hand corner is me, :-)…

Touring Oireland: Day 6 (+Reflection)…

…Welp, I’m back in the ‘Boro, again!!…My last day in Oireland was, pretty interesting to say the least…

I had some free time in the hours before 11:45, so I walked with Dr. Radomski and Dr. Inkman–our vocal coach and accompanist, respectively–to Trinity College in order to see the Book of Kells–a brightly-illustrated manuscript of the 4 Gospels in Latin, completed circa 800 by Columban monks at their monastery in Kells…

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Touring Oireland: Days 4 & 5…

…Hello, everybodyyyyyyyyyy!!…Because the Wi-Fi at my hotel totally spazzed out on me yesterday, I’m going to try to roll my first 2 full days in the Irish capital into one post–Here we go!!…

Yesterday, our main attraction was the Guinness Storehouse–a former fermentation house that now serves as a museum devoted to the history and evolution of (you guessed it) Guinness…Like most every visitor to this Mecca for Stout Lovers, I ended up with my own pint of the black stuff at the end of the tour, and boy, let me tell you…I hated it…I don’t know–I’m not really that much of a beer person to begin with, but the taste of the alcohol was too strong for my taste (I’m a cider kind of girl)…But, hey–at least I managed to down over half of it…

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Touring Oireland: Day 3…

…Oh, what a glorious day it was here in Oireland–the sun was out and everything!!…It just made my little outing that more lovely, :-)…

You see, today we had another excursion–this time, we went to the Connemara region of County Galway…One of the things that Connemara is famous for is its beautiful, jade-colored marble, which is often used in jewelry and figurines–something that definitely makes for good presents [hint, hint, Mommy and Aunties, :-)]…

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…Different shades of marble found throughout Ireland…

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Touring Oireland: Day 2…

…So, we had our first concert today!!…It was in Galway Cathedral (real name: Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven & St. Nicholas), which is the most recently-built cathedral I’ve been in, as of yet…Consecrated in 1965, it’s the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Galway, and was built on the site of the old city prison…That’s about all I could find out about it, really…

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…Shrine to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

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Touring Oireland: Day 1…

…Thank the Lord that I made it to Ireland safely and in one piece–and what an interesting first full day in The Emerald Isle it was…

The main highlight of my day was my visit to The Cliffs of Moher…For those of you who don’t know, The Cliffs of Moher are an expanse of peaks located in the Burren region of County Clare, the highest of which is 702 ft…From this vantage point, one can enjoy spectacular views of Galway Bay, the mountains of Kerry, and the Aran Islands…

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…O’Brien’s Tower, an observation tower on the highest peak…

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…Me getting my Caspar David Friedrich on…

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Truly one of Oireland’s natural wonders, :-)…

Has anyone else enjoyed The Cliffs of Moher???…

I’m Off To Oireland!!…

…Assuming that my flights aren’t delayed by the “massive” ice storm tonight, I’ll make it to the Emerald Isle at approximately 8:40 Irish time on Saturday, setting off on my epic choir tour!!…

To be honest, I don’t really know what to expect with this trip…I mean, Oireland is home to a lot of awesome things–lush pastoral landscapes, Celtic art and symbols, leprechauns, and Michael Fassbender!!…

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I mean, off course I’m excited to be going–after all, this will be my 4th foreign country!!…Still, I can’t help but hope that I won’t be the girl sitting awkwardly in the hotel, without a buddy to explore things with–wait, what am I saying???…I’m [fairly] certain it’ll be awesome–after all, this trip is combining 2 of my favorite things: singing and traveling!!…

And now to share my Oireland Bucket List!:

  • Drink a free Guinness at the Storehouse.
  • Eat an Irish breakfast.
  • Make music with a boisterous folk band in a pub.
  • Try Irish coffee.
  • Find a 4-leaf clover.
  • Find a leprechaun.
  • Understand at least 70% of what people say to me.

That’s all I can think of right now–but it’s a pretty decent list, don’t you think???…

Has anyone else been to The Republic of Ireland???…Any advice to a newcomer???…