Europe 2013: The O’Brian’s-Kings of the Castles.

Europe is old. I mean that as a compliment.  Seriously, when’s the last time you saw a 16th century castle in Newfoundland? We were barely even discovered at that time, let alone building castles. Even the city skylines are completely different over here.  Flying into NYC or Toronto is not at all like flying into London. You walk around the center of London or Dublin … Continue reading Europe 2013: The O’Brian’s-Kings of the Castles.

Europe 2013: The Best Nights are Not Planned.

Our first night in Galway was a pretty good time. It almost didn’t happen. We arrived in Galway by bus in the afternoon.  The B&B is just a short little walk up from the station, so we were all settled away in no time.  The bed and breakfast is super nice.  Going from here to a hostel won’t be a very pleasant adjustment, haha.  Eddie, … Continue reading Europe 2013: The Best Nights are Not Planned.

Europe 2013: Dublin. Aka Guinnessland.

Our time in Dublin got reduced drastically as a result of yesterday’s shenanigans.  Basically, we had a single day to see the city.  We spent an hour and a half on one of those hop-on hop-off city bus tours, so we could at the very least SEE the sights of Dublin. It feels like we were in general proximity of Guinnessland for at least three-quarters … Continue reading Europe 2013: Dublin. Aka Guinnessland.

Europe 2013: How to Spend an Entire Day in Trains and Airports.

Jess and I have never travelled on a train before this trip, so we decided to spend an entire day on one pretty much. This wasn’t in the plans. Let’s start with the bad news update. This afternoon we somehow boarded the wrong train in Leicester, which delayed us an hour in getting to the airport in Luton, and resulted in us missing our flight … Continue reading Europe 2013: How to Spend an Entire Day in Trains and Airports.

Europe 2013: This is what 22 Pounds Looks Like.

Actually, we didn’t even pack a full twenty-two pounds each. Imagine.  That being said, we’ll probably be fairly sick of our clothes by the end of the third week, haha.  Good thing we can wear each others’! Here are the contents of Jana’s backpack: And Jess should be pretty proud of herself with this: There were certain items, however, that she packed extra carefully: Let’s … Continue reading Europe 2013: This is what 22 Pounds Looks Like.

Europe 2013: Backpacking with A Make-Up Artist

Jess and I leave for Europe in exactly one week.  We’re spending three weeks there–making our way from London down to Greece.  Only thing is, all we’re taking is a single backpack each.  Twenty-two pounds each.  Jess’ make-up collection weighs that on its own. This makes for some interesting quotes as she tries to figure out what will make the Europe cut and what won’t. … Continue reading Europe 2013: Backpacking with A Make-Up Artist