The Rose of Tralee at the Worst Hostel Ever

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Since Eddie was only staying in Cork with me for three days, I sent out three Couchsurfing requests to see if I could find some cool people to hang out with in order to have a more enjoyable, cultural experience during my time in Ireland. Yet unfortunately, I did not have any luck with that so I decided to go to Tralee. When I went to book my train ticket online, it was 12,99€ for the fare from Cork to Tralee but my French bankcard was still not working properly. So I was quite shocked that it was 24,98€ when I purchased it the next day at the station, but I had no choice but to pay twice the price.IMG_2571 IMG_2589 IMG_2639 IMG_2642 IMG_2647 IMG_2652 IMG_2660 IMG_2679 Read the rest of this entry

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Journey to Ireland

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After Tenby, I took a bus to a ferry from Pembroke Dock to Rosslare. Luxurious and much like the ferry I took last summer in Greece, it was nothing like the crazy ferries in Southeast Asia I have recently taken! Four hours later, I arrived at Rosslare Harbour, walked ten minutes uphill, and at last I arrived at my hotel. Since I was in a new city, I had planned to check out Rosslare a bit. Yet when I asked someone how to walk to the city center, they laughed and said it would take me a couple of hours, so I decided to just head to Cork the next morning since Eddie and I had plans to meet there. A few hours later, I arrived in Cork. After two days of traveling, I was pretty tired, so I ate dinner and went to bed. However, despite the fact that this hotel was nearly 80€ a night (and the cheapest I was able to find even weeks ago), I could hear every noise, including the guy downstairs farting in the morning. So after a rather sleepless night, I asked to change rooms and thankfully they moved me the next morning just before Eddie arrived.IMG_2478 IMG_2492 IMG_2503 Read the rest of this entry

You’re just a sun worshipper!

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When I told an English friend of mine that England was pretty cold, that is what he said. “This is the best summer we have had in a long time! You’re just a sun worshipper!” Of course I realize that I am indeed somewhat of a sun worshipper, but really, this is the worst summer weather that I have experienced in more than eleven years. It is kind of depressing and I have to say that I really feel like I am missing out on a real summer this year. When I lived in Michigan we used to get some awfully cold summers here and there, but quite honestly, this is much colder than I ever remember Michigan being!IMG_2441 IMG_2445 Read the rest of this entry

Leaving the Hobbit for Wales

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Spending time in the hobbit with my friend Thom was pretty awesome. Although it was certainly a lot of hard work while I was there, such as moving stuff, organizing, and projects related to home improvement that I had never before had to deal with even as a homeowner in the past, I fortunately also had a lot of opportunity to connect with nature and empty my mind of all of the garbage it had accumulated. In addition to this, he taught me some amazing stuff about energy and healing for which I am extremely grateful. At the end of my stay, we did a liver detox cleanse, which was wonderful, if not a little crazy to undertake in a house that has a bucket flush toilet at the moment! Yet of course we survived and felt absolutely fantastic afterwards. Even though we both eat super healthy diets, we both got rid of tons of gallstones, which is really crazy when I think about what might be going on with people who never cleanse and eat junk all the time.IMG_2359 IMG_2376 IMG_2381 Read the rest of this entry

Healing in the Hobbit

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For the past couple of weeks I have been staying in the magical hobbit like countryside of England outside of Gloucester. Thom and I have been keeping busing doing an abundance of projects around his house. Besides that, he has been teaching me many interesting things that are helping me to feel at peace with everything. Honestly, this may be the first time in my life that I really understand that I do not need to wish for anything. Instead, I just need to be present and be open to all of the amazing stuff that the Universe continues to send my way!IMG_2331 IMG_2339 Read the rest of this entry

Peace in the Hobbit

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After leaving Horley, I headed to see my friend Thom who I met in Cambodia. During my time in Otres Beach, he taught me some amazing stuff that has really helped me to be present and to shift my perspective for the better. When I met him, he told me all about this peaceful place where he lives that is like the hobbit in real life. Knowing that I would have to leave Paris this summer, I had told him that the UK was a possibility. So when he invited me to come and do some work with him in exchange for room and board, I thought why not come and check out the hobbit in real life?IMG_2279 IMG_2284 IMG_2289 IMG_2318 Read the rest of this entry

Small Town Weekend and a Day in London

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Although Eddie and I had been planning to meet in Brighton, which is why I even decided to head there right away when I left London, the plan had changed. Since I have traveled all over the place without booking anything in advance, I had never anticipated it being such a challenge to find a decent place to stay for a reasonable price. After walking around in search of places and looking online, where most things were already booked or more than 600€ for five nights, I had to come to meet him here in a small town called Horley instead of staying in Brighton. Had I met my Brighton friends sooner, perhaps I would have been able to find something more reasonable, but since we already had a hotel booked, I stuck to the plans and went to meet him.IMG_2211 Read the rest of this entry