Summer snaps – day eight

(just because snapshots is too long to type every day…)

I had some asparagus that I needed to use up today – so what’s better than fresh asparagus sautéed in butter until cripsy, topped with grated parmesan? Not much.

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Also, a tip I just learned from Sorted Food is to peel the bottom parts of the asparagus before cooking. No more tough ends that you can’t chew! Life changing! (sort of.)

Summer snapshots – day seven

This is one of my favorite spots in the house – the bookshelf in our second bedroom/office. It’s where I keep most of my books, and every time I look at it I’m reminded of all the stories I’ve read and have yet to read. I’ve got books from childhood, high school, college summers, and ones I just picked up last week, along with unsent Christmas cards and trinkets filled with memories. Bookshelves can be an incredibly personal thing and a peek into someone’s life. I hope I can read all of the books on my shelves someday!

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#shelfie

Summer snapshots – day six

Today was one of those beautiful days off where I cleaned the house and did about six loads of laundry, all with the sunshine streaming through the windows and the cats in a cuddly mood.

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Here’s Saoirse being a lil lazy cutie. The cats spent a TON of time snuggled up against me and with each other (!!!) but my camera was always in the other room at their peak sweetness!

Summer snapshots – day one

I want to challenge myself to take more photos with my camera – to learn more about how to use it, to capture memories, to spark creativity – so I thought I’d post a picture to my blog every day. I don’t know how long I’ll do this, or what format they’ll take (captions? no captions?) but I figured that June 1st is as good a time as any to begin.

This is just a little peek at what I see every evening. This little kitten is seriously testing his patience! But tails are just so much fun to play with…

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(of course, as I finished writing and editing the pic and all that, it’s 12:18 and is technically June 2nd, but hey, I think this still counts!)

A little update – with photos!

What would a blog post be without a ton of photos?

I’ve been taking quick snapshots almost every day I’ve been here – of things that catch my eye in the city, of cafes I’m starting to love, of my lunch, a latte, or just anything I think would be worth sharing with those I love back home. I have been uploading them in big chunks to Facebook, but am realizing that there’s a lot of my time here in Dublin that hasn’t yet been recorded on my blog! Instead of slowly back-tracking and writing blog posts on things that happened two weeks ago, I’m just going to do a serious photo-dump, complete with lots of captions. Be warned, the photos were all taken with my iPhone, so they’re not great quality. Hopefully it will give you (whoever you are) a bit of an idea of what my month in Dublin has been like so far!

One thing that I had been really looking forward to trying out was the Dublin Unitarian Church. Here are some pictures from my first visit:

Following the Sunday morning church visit, I did a little tourist-ing at the Old Jameson Distillery, and ate lunch in St. Stephen’s Green.

But wait, there’s more!

Rewind: Day trip to Glendalough and Kilkenny

There are two things I can be a little slow at: editing photos, and writing blog posts. Sorry for the long gap!

As a part of the Global Experiences program fee, a few weekday outings and weekend trips were planned for all of the interns. So far, these have included a Viking Splash tour of Dublin, a very nice dinner, and a traditional music pub crawl. They’ve all been tons of fun and are a great way for the group to get back together and reconnect. We had our first weekend day trip on June 22, when we went via tour bus (with a chatty tour guide) to Glendalough and Kilkenny.

I was surprised at how close they both were to Dublin, with Glendalough barely an hour’s drive away, but how different it felt from the city. Glendalough (pronounced glen-duh-lock) is more beautiful than words can describe, with its clear lakes, incredibly green landscape, and old monastic ruins. Our tour guide patiently waited for our slow group that couldn’t stop taking photos of the beauty around us, and gave us a great tour of the area. I am so impressed by the memory that tour guides have for history and facts!

But wait, there’s more!