The week when I…(2)

Wouldn’t the return to school have been much easier if we all had chocolate pencils from Leonidas? I should have written something in between this week’s summary and last week, but instead I: Wrote: a Brussels food and drink guide for TheTaste (thanks to Erica for putting in a word for me). There are so…

O Canada!

It’s my last day in Canada and I haven’t written about Canada Day/Canada Eh yet! I had the foresight to be in Ottawa for 1 July, Canada Day. Actually, I wanted to be with a friend for my birthday on 28 June, but once Jenny (my woman on the ground) and I discussed dates, she…

If You Leave Me Now

There it is. Gone. The UK has voted to Leave the EU. I’m trying to establish why this has come as such a shock to me, but my knowledge of the campaign was based on social media. Everyone I know or follow was voting Remain, but that was mainly because my friends know what it…

In which I do the Rockies (part two)

I’m writing the rest of this list from Seattle, where it has just started to rain. This is far from a problem, as the number and quality of coffee shops was not understated. It is a big adjustment from my Canadian experiences, so I want to get the rest of this list down before the…

End of the road eating

When I first decided to take off to the end of the road, i.e. Tofino, I assumed there wouldn’t be much in terms of culinary goodness going on here. Was I wrong! Comments have been made on how active I’ve been during my time here, but most of that was in an effort to wear…

Tofino, not Tolfino

It’s been Tolfino in my phone dictionary since January, when I booked my journey, but not until I actually got on the bus in Vancouver did I realise that I was heading to Tofino “no L” for three weeks. Risky business, some might say. A seven hour trip, all the way to the end of…

Another Brussels Goodbye

“You have another 20 minutes, if you want to stay a little longer”, the lady at the Eurostar check-in said kindly, as I wiped my eyes and nose. But goodbyes are horrible and I had just cried into my boyfriend’s mouth, so I had to go. The wiping was futile, so I took ownership of…

Garret musings

It’s 11h15 on a Sunday morning in Paris. I could be outside getting a coffee and going for a stroll in the Jardins du Luxembourg (which I did yesterday at 8h, hence the gloominess of the below photo). But instead I’m lingering in the little hotel room up in the rafters, while the other three…

Sweet Dreams are made of Cheese

This is the one who’s been putting a silly smile on my face for the past seven months. I’ve been trying to think of how to refer to him here…the Romanian, my sun and stars (his suggestion), my sweetheart. I’ll work on it. Other suggestions are welcome. We met in Brussels as the result of…

Wolfmaids

Two important weddings will take place later this year. Colm and Andy, my Australian uncles, will get married in Ballymaloe in July. I’m coming back from Canada especially for it, because I love them, it’s a family wedding and not only that, but will be the first gay wedding in the family. #candywedding2016 The other…

Fare Thee Well, Brussels (for now)

The last night in Brussels was my last night of work, St Patrick’s Night and the night when my sweetheart discovered that he wasn’t allergic to J├Ągerbombs after all. We captured this lovely photo and tottered off home to bed. Unfortunately, my last night in Brussels was followed by the first leg of my big…

Anniversary Time: Chocolate and Raspberry Tart

1st May is a big day. 20 years ago today, Ireland won the Eurovision for the sixth time with the song Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids. For a Eurovision song, it was and still is very listenable. The same night, Riverdance was unleashed on the world. What a night that was. I was 9 and the…