Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Michigan Time! Ann Arbor

Over Christmas Roibeard and I took an afternoon trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan.  We were heading back to Chicago from Detroit, so it was perfect because we had to drive through Ann Arbor anyway.  Every time I visit Michigan I try to show Roibeard around as much as possible.  Previous trips have included stops in Grand Rapids, Holland, Downtown Detroit, Hamtramck, Windsor, Ontario, and Point Pelee National Park in Ontario.



I have to admit that this was my first time exploring Ann Arbor as the person in charge.  In the past I would go with my friends or family and let them be the guide.  We parked right on the edge of downtown and then just walked around the city.  We stopped in the little vintage and antique shops and strolled through the U of M campus.  It was actually a really warm and sunny day.  I got a cute summer dress and a $1 book titled, "Songs of Friendship".  The book is an interesting collection of poems about the wandering/traveling lifestyle.  

Just for fun I thought I'd share a picture of Penelope.  My original little angel.  She now lives happily with my mom in Michigan.  When I moved to California it was too stressful for her and she started attacking my other cats.  I'm so lucky and grateful that my mom took her in so that she is still a part of the family.  I miss her like crazy!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

IRELAND! Bundoran.

Yep, there's still more Ireland posts to come!  I'm writing this while sitting in front of my window sipping my tea.  The snow has been falling in Chicago for the past 18 or so hours.  My windows are frosted over and the children outside are building snowmen in their front yards.  Running away to a magical seaside land is just what this morning calls for and looking back at these photos provides just the escape that I need.
This part of our trip was probably the most relaxing.  We weren't running around trying to catch buses or find hidden pathways to castles.  It was just miles and miles of sea.  We spent the day hopping around fairy bridges and fairy rocks.  It was like right out of a fairy tale.  We climbed, we hopped, we waded, we explored, and we had an overall amazing experience.

The whole time we were here I kept calling the town, "BUN-DURR-AN".  Roibeard would get so angry, "NO! It's BUN-DOOR-UN!"  Haha, I totally failed, but I tried to get it right.  Our accommodations were probably the most hotel-like of any of the other places that we stayed.  I remember as we were leaving we visited the hotel shop and it was the first time I had ever seen eggs non-refrigerated.  They were just sitting there on the shelf.  Not going bad.  Just being eggs. Oh Ireland.  I miss you.