The Beauty of the Aran Islands, Travel Thursday

The Aran Islands feel like the most remote place on earth. Quiet and isolated, it feels like the ocean is all around you and that it goes on infinitely. Made up of three islands, only 1300 or so people live there, adding to solitary feeling. We spent our day on Inishmore, the largest of the three islands- still incredibly small but certainly busy and big enough to fill a day of tours and wandering. It isn’t as metropolitan and modern as Dublin, but I think that everyone should make the journey out to the west coast, and the Aran Islands are about as western as it gets!

The Beauty of theAran Islands

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Islendingadaguirinn OR The Gimli Icelandic Festival

Islendingadaguirinn sounds rather otherworldly, but in fact is very much of this world, or should I say, of the Interlake in Manitoba. I like to show off what Winnipeg and Manitoba have to offer, like Lower Fort Garry and Ballet in the Park– although we may not have the drama of the mountains or the ocean, we are beautiful in our own calm way and we know how to enjoy our time together! (Especially when the weather doesn’t call for eighteen layers of clothing…) Islendingadaguirinn is an annual tradition for us here in Manitoba, and this August long weekend marked the 126th anniversary of the festival. Time to channel your inner Viking!

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Ballet in the Park 2017, Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Every single year, I wait for the end of July- not because of the unbearable sun and 30°C+ temperatures, but because Ballet in the Park happens and completes my little ballet soul. A local Travel Thursday if you will! If you are new to the blog, ballet has been a lifelong passion of mine! Although I never moved on past my professional exams, I’ve kept dancing and attending and following throughout the years. Ballet in the Park is unlike any other show; taking place at the Lyric Theatre at Assiniboine Park here in Winnipeg, it’s an amazing event that allows us to celebrate and enjoy the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and this fair city of ours!

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4 Reasons To Visit St. Giles’ Cathedral, Travel Thursday

St Giles Cathedral- a quiet but gorgeous cathedral tucked away on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh! Technically the High Kirk of St Giles, this cathedral is the heart of the Church of Scotland, a Presbyterian church. It may not have the size and grandeur of Westminster Abbey or York Minster, but it still has a quiet beauty that is well worth a stop on your way through Edinburgh.

4 Reasons to Visit St. Gile's Cathedral, Edinburgh

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200 Years of the Hudson’s Bay Company, Lower Fort Garry

This Travel Thursday is a local one for me- Lower Fort Garry is a surviving fort of the fur trade and was established in 1830 on the banks of the Red River. Although it is not so old as many sites in Europe, it is still a fascinating look into the past, and one that applies to many of us even now. The fur traders, lands, and animals supplied Europeans with countless furs, animal skins, and resources, with the Hudson’s Bay Company being the dominating company. Manitoba is in the centre of Canada, and allowed the fur traders to move along various routes! We spent the morning there on a beautiful day, and it was wonderful to spend a few hours in our own history…

200 Years of HBC History, Travel Thursday

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Graduate Work Abroad, Travel Thursday

After chatting with Katie, I’ve been thinking about my Masters! I did my MA in Irish History at University College Dublin, and had the good fortune to live in Dublin for a full year. I travelled a lot, made some new friends, and was able to train with the historian in my field. Today’s post is all about things I think that you could consider before going abroad for graduate work and the things that I learned while living in Dublin!

Graduate Work Abroad,Travel Thursday

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Daisy’s View of Langley, Travel Thursday

Langley is a small seaside town on Whidbey Island that is picturesque and quaint, made for strolling. Of course I demanded to take Daisy for walkies on this trip- she is the absolute best dog for walking. Not only do you get to follow her carrot tail on her inwestigations, she loves being on leash and doesn’t pull or wander off in the least. We only walked for about half an hour but the rain held off and it was a wonderful way to start the day!

A Westie's View of Langley,Travel Thursday

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Seattle Public Library, Travel Thursday

The Seattle Public Library is a quite a dominating building, which is impressive given that it is surrounded by several skyscrapers. Although it is only 11 stories, compared to the seventy or more around it, it’s a very cool and modern building that is worth a visit if you are in Seattle! It’s free to enter, it’s close to the wharf and downtown shopping, and it’s accessible by public transportation. Time to head to the library!

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 Seattle Mariners Game, Travel Thursday

My family (like a lot of Canadian families) are huge hockey fans. We watch the season from the draft to the last playoff game, and sprinkle in the World Junior’s, Olympics, and World Championships. M’s family are just into baseball, and while they are Yankees fans, now that they live in Seattle are also cheering for the Mariners. The Mariners might not be the best team in the league but they are always fun to watch and it’s a fun ballpark to spend the evening in. I have to say, this was the most exciting baseball game that I’ve ever been to!

Seattle Mariners Travel Thursday

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View from a Plane

Air travel is becoming more and more common. While it’s still not overly cheap (at least not in Canada), it allows us to take a three hour flight instead of driving fourteen hours through boring fields (eastern Alberta, I’m looking at you). As you know from yesterday’s post, I’m in a long distance relationship- flights are a fairly common occurrence in my life! This post is all about the highlights of flying…

View From a Plane

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