New Zealand: Day 2 – Visiting in Sydney, Australia, with “Old” Friends

Early Morning We ate breakfast at the hotel. The main commons areas of Hotel Blue is freezing cold in the mornings, and I was to learn why, shortly after breakfast. I must confess that the breakfast bar is not the strong suit of this hotel. Their food is a bit chi chi—for example, I had the “juice cleanse.” It was… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Six – The Ashford Castle

  Yesterday was exhausting: the weather at the Cliffs of Moher (working against intense wind is just exhausting), the excitement of the Cliffs and discovering the beautiful area of Doolin, and then the drive for hours (mostly in the dark) in unfamiliar areas that are flooded. The Irish Independent stated today that the flooding has exceeded all known records. It’s… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Five – Cliffs of Moher and More

  Today the weather provided periods of sunshine (and sudden downpours), so… back to the Cliffs of Moher with wind gusts of up to 120kph (almost 75mph!). I can’t describe this place: the view, the wind, the cold, the drama of nature. One of the guys who works at the park told of a man who got lifted off of… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Four – Cliffs of Moher

  To quote The Irish Times: “The word unprecedented is a bit overused. But the amount of rain we have had is truly unprecedented.” And the wind was as well, with gusts up to 70kph, which is almost 45mph. This morning, at 7:00am a huge, very old tree next to the hotel, blew down with a thunderous, earth-shaking noise. The… Continue reading