Since moving home almost 4 months ago (where has the time gone?) I’ve toyed with whether or not I should keep my blog going. Mainly because I find Irish people a lot more judgemental and negative than Canadians and that’s where I started the blog. Truth is they really are extra kind, extremely genuine and supportive. Irish people tend to influence your actions, sometimes not necessarily the way you want them to and make you conform to society here. It’s definitely more difficult for me to live a more creatively carefree mind and blog here, without realising I subconsciously tend to worry now about what I write in my blogs.. when before I wrote from my heart, cheesy as it sounds, I was honest and I don’t want to change that. There’s more to my blog than the places I’ve been and sometimes I go back and forth with how much I should share. This blog is suppose to be an open diary of the learnings, struggles, challenges and changes I faced as a 22 year old going from living in Dublin to a major city on the other side of the world. [Read more…]
First off I just want to say apologies for my lack of blogging over the past few weeks! I always find it crazy when I go a few weeks without blogging and come back to see I still have hundreds of people dropping by my site every day. Thank you all! You are the reason I always come back and share more. Truth be told, it’s taken a while to settle back in and to find a balance between work, being around my family again, travelling and finding time to be creative. I’ve been enjoying weekends filled with family events and activities but somehow managed to neglect my little blog along the way. So I’m back with a vengeance to share more of our road trip in the US. I think it’s important to find the time to invest in things that make you happy and blogging definitely is one of those things for me. If you’ve missed my first part where we started in Las Vegas you can read here, followed by our second stop in Yosemite Park here.
We hit the road early after leaving Yosemite Falls to make our way Southwest. Instead of heading straight into San Francisco, we headed into the Wine country of Sonoma Valley. Sonoma is in the San Francisco Bay area, but is known as the birthplace of the California Wine industry. Driving through the Valley you’re surrounded by vineyards and wineries. We drove into the small town of Sonoma and pulled into the Sunshine Cafe, where I had a $20 glass of wine the size of my head. It was a delicious day and although we didn’t get to do a winery tour, we did get to experience the beauty of the wine country. [Read more…]
“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” ~Unknown
Instead of blogging about my next stop on our road trip in California (coming soon), I decided it was time to blog a little more personally about my life. I’ve taken a step back from blogging lately and thats because I don’t even know where to start. In fear of sounding like a draining, depressed blogger I opted to avoid writing about it. ‘It’ being my life. [Read more…]
If you’ve been reading along on our road trip so far, you’ll know that we spent the first few days in Las Vegas before heading onto Yosemite National Park. Vegas was the best start to our adventure and I have to say it really set the standards high. I wasn’t sure what to expect but Vegas had really raised the bar on what was about to be the trip of a lifetime. You can read the first part of our adventure here.
Travelling from the bright lights of Sin City into the picturesque, tranquil National Park in California was a a slightly strange transition but so so worth it. I felt like we were part of a movie set and there was a constant back-drop that took our breath away.
FYI – This is a longgggg post. So sit tight and grab a cuppa. Apologies in advance!
Day three: Las Vegas – Death Valley – Yosemite National Park
We set off as early as possible to leave Las Vegas and hit the road to Yosemite National Park via Death Valley. We didn’t really know what to expect on what would be our longest drive on the trip. The highways are so wide it’s unbelievably scary, I’m talking 10 lanes wide! With the play list flowing we set off through the desert, I was nice and cushy in the passenger seat (I drove for about 5 minutes before screaming and pulling over). With my camera in hand ready to capture some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. [Read more…]
A couple of weeks ago Gary and I finally took on our biggest road trip to date, travelling to Nevada, Arizona and California. Doing one big loop we started off in Las Vegas, Nevada and drove to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. From there we drove through the most amazing scenery of Death Valley and into Yosemite National Park, California. We camped, hiked, climbed, biked and walked through one of the most picturesque parts of the Sierra Nevada (more on that later). From there, we headed west across to Sonoma, the beautiful wine country and then across the Golden Gate bridge into San Francisco (which stole my heart). From san Francisco we drove down the Pacific Coast Highway, through some of the most beautiful parts of California! Such as Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel and across the Bixby Bridge into McWay Falls, along Julia Pfeiffer State Park continuing further south into Cambria, Malibu, Santa Barbara, and into Los Angeles where we stayed in Venice Beach until finishing off in Las Vegas for once last hoorah.
As you know by now Gary and I love to plan road trips, the freedom of the open road and the endless experiences are priceless. But as I’ve said we found it difficult to find much research online about route planners and must see stops. So I’m here to share it all with you, and highly recommend taking this once in a life time road trip!
We had 15 days to explore and see a part of the world that has been on my bucket list for the longest time. I was so excited to be going on this trip so we definitely had it jam packed, but looking back it was worth every second. I hope you can follow along with our trip planner that I’m sharing with you and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I’ll share with you our experience, recommendations and things we would have done a little differently. So feel free to take some advice, tips and maybe it’ll help you on your adventure!
My first blog post from Dublin!
I can’t believe I haven’t published a post in 6 weeks, it’s been a big whirlwind that’s for sure. With so much going on in my personal life / family visiting Canada / 15Km run / welcoming a new baby to the family / moving country / travelling the west coast / starting a new job / catching up with family and friends, somehow my little blog got neglected. Last night when I logged on I was shocked to see the thousands of people that have stopped by over the past 6 weeks to check in. Thank you all so much! I’m sorry I haven’t had much time to myself to sit and write up posts, but I definitely have so much to share about everything that’s happened! I know there are so many people in the same position who have moved abroad and might be considering moving home, so I feel like its important I share the experience. This blog was always just a place for me to document and log my journey and looking back now I’m so happy I started it. I can reflect back on some of the best years of our lives and I’ll forever have all these wonderful stories to share for years to come. I think it’s just been a bonus to have the numbers grow from something so small to ten’s of thousands. So when I say thank you for reading along, I truly mean it. [Read more…]
We’ve been meaning to go and see a TFC game since we got here back in the Summer of 2013. But somehow it always managed to slip off the radar, even though we live within 10 minutes walking distance of the Stadium. So when the opportunity presented itself to us to go this week for the second leg of the semifinal in the Canadian Championship we jumped at it. No time like the present to knock things off the bucket list. Only 2 weeks left in this beautiful City. [Read more…]
Planning a big road trip can be so much fun with nothing but open roads, the sky really is the limit. You can choose every single piece of the trip, where you want to go and what you want to see. Sometimes things can get a little bit stressful when you aren’t going through any big companies like Trail Finders or Usit, who will plan the trip for you. Having 3/4 weeks to plan a 16 day road trip with limited time and resources. Kind of stressful. Secretly though, I love the planning and organizing or road trips. It seems to be what works best for us, last minute job.
I found the amount of blogs documenting their Pacific Coast Highway trips were slim to none. And if this was going to be one of the best trips of our lives? I was going to have to depend on myself and my own research. Many hours over the past few evenings I’ve spent google mapping, routing, timing, hotel searching, airbnb review reading, city stop exploring and budgeting.
Finally it all seems to be coming together and as we get closer to the trip I thought it would be good to share with you guys some tips that I’ve discovered along this planning path.
The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most famous scenic routes in the world. Highway 1 hugs the coast line for 130 miles along the winding spectacular cliff drive. I wanted to be sure we didn’t miss out on anything and that we budgeted in all the factors for this trip. [Read more…]
Back in January I posted about how I wanted to train to do a 10 km run in 2015 as part of my goals for the year. On Sunday May 10th I laced up my runners and set off to achieve this goal. I took part in the Sporting Life 10km Toronto Run in aid of Camp Ooch as my first registered run. For those of you that don’t know, Camp Ooch is a private funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with and effected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. At Camp Ooch children and their families have the opportunity to have a fun experience while providing both newly diagnosed children to actively receive treatment and children in remission have the support that is required.
It isn’t mandatory to fund raise once you pay the sign up fee but, after reading a little more about the camp and it’s volunteers (open 365 days a year and in conjunction with Sick Kids hospital) I decided that I wanted to help out as much as possible. By raising $250 you send one kid to camp for a week. I’ve very thankful to everyone who donated to my fund raising campaign as I managed to exceed my goal of $250 and raise $380. A big thank you to everyone that donated! Most importantly I was only one of the 27,000 people that participated in Sunday’s run which fund raised a total of 2 Million Dollars for Camp Ooch! WOW! It’s truly amazing what raising awareness and coming together to part take in a physical challenge can create. [Read more…]
Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.
– Jim Rohn
Anybody else frustrated with the amount of conflicting information, books, diets, fads and weight loss information that’s out there on the market? I certainly am. One minute you’re being told to eat one thing and the next your told not to. I’ve become more and more frustrated by the food industry and I felt it was time for a change.
I won’t lie and say I didn’t try different “diets” through out the past few years. Lets be honest, us girls we like to look and feel good. It’s not shameful to want to loose weight or look a certain way. But this is where the issue lies. We can easily get caught up in trying the latest fad just to shed a few pounds.. the effect this has on us mentally is huge never mind our health. But we don’t really notice at the time, well I sure as hell didn’t. I was mainly concerned with how I looked rather than how I felt or how healthy I was.
Since I moved away I’ve started cooking more and experimenting with different food. I guess it was a good thing that I was in a new country with a whole new array of foods to try. I can’t believe how closed off I was to trying different cultural foods back home. I had never tasted Indian food!? The shame. [Read more…]