Somewhere Under the Rainbow

If you have been following my blog, you may have come to the conclusion that I disappeared in County Cork, Ireland.  This would be partially correct.  I went off the grid.  I decided that I didn't want a phone, internet, or anything really connecting me to the outside world.  Kilkenny, Ireland At the time I …

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The Wrong Side of Everything

Day one on the wrong side of everything?  Success.  No humans or animals were harmed, despite the best efforts of the sheep that ran in front of us, and  I attribute this to Paul, a brilliant driving instructor and navigator.  Unfortunately, we had to part ways this evening, and I drove to Kilkenney alone.  This was terrifying, …

The Irish Really Do Love Guinness…A Lot

Image from Trinity College What a great day!  I woke up to a wonderful Irish breakfast, followed by a brisk walk (in the SUNSHINE) to Trinity College.  The main objective of the morning was to get the college tour and view the Book of Kells, which I did after spilling out all my Euros on …

Last Boarding Call for Jolene Hanson

My flight into New York City was late.  So late, that by the time I exited the aircraft, I was told I would literally need to run to the next gate to get to Ireland.  So I strapped on my backpack, weighed down with a laptop, a Canon 40d, a Nikon, several books, Felix Bobblinghead …

Who Shall It Be?

Lonely Planet, Frommer's, Fodor's, or Rick Steves? Which travel guide to Ireland shall I choose?Yesterday...I chose none of the above. I decided to go a different route instead and picked up "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers. I feel like a little leisure reading before the next quarter, and armed with a …

Ireland Forever

I used to be Irish. Ok so technically I can't alter my genotype, I'm nearly 100% Norweigian, but I was once married to an Irishman! With a last name like Donahue, I held a tenuous thread of allegiance to a country that wasn't my own. Now that I'm "Hanson" once again, all I can do …