|Connemara- Photo by Me|
I love Ireland. In college I took a mini-mester ("J-term") class on the Irish Renaissance Literature that took me on a 10 day adventure through Ireland visiting places where history happened, walking where famous authors once stepped, sleeping in a castle, climbing hills, eating potato and leek soup with brown soda break to my heart's content, and capturing snapshots of the country's beauty with my camera and journal.
|Cliffs of Moher: The wind was so strong that you could lean against it!|
|Monk's Pub: One of my favorite restaurants in the world in Ballyvaughan|
I revisited this romance 2 years later through another mini-mester class (2 weeks this time, as a "May term") in the form of an independent study of nonverbal communication in Ireland. On this visit, my love for this island expanded even more with a visits to new places, like The Aran Islands.
|Dun Aengus, Aran Islands|
|Kissing the Blarney Stone|
My third (but hopefully not last!) trip to Ireland was with two lovely friends (Kellie & Rachel) during our Spring Break in 2008. We brought only our purses, backpacks, and 1 suitcase and traveled across the Republic, staying in mostly hostels- even though we managed to experience rain, snow, sleet, and extreme winds within a 30 minute span of time (Waterford)- this was one of my favorite vacations ever! No one in our trio was old enough to rent a car (without a major fee), so we trekked across the country with a Irish Rover pass in one of these buses:
Ireland has a very special place in my heart, and it is because of this fondness that I LOVE to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I don't drink Guinness, but I do my best to enjoy rich chocolate and wear green. This year, I went a bit overboard with my green wardrobe. . . Here I am in verdant St. Patrick's Day splendor with a painting I made of a scene from Ballyvaughan:
Mint Green Cashmere Cardigan: Martin + Osa
Seafoam Green Ruffled Tank: Anthropologie
Green Tank: Target
Beaded Leather Belt: Anthropologie (this season)
Olive Green Cords: AG (Stevie) from Anthropologie
Olive Green Jeweled Flats: Via Spiga (Nordstrom Rack)
*All photos, except for the ones of me, were taken by me.