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Scotland Day 1-2: On Our Way

all seasons in one day

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We are on our way to Scotland for Daniel's graduation with his Master's degree from the University of Edinburgh! He did an online program in "Ancient Worlds" (Classics and Archaeology), starting in September 2020 and finishing in August of 2022. His graduation is the day after Thanksgiving, and so he has the week off from work and we are able to go to the graduation! Daniel's parents drove us to the airport.
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The first of many airport meals over the course of the day: vegetable rolls and chicken curry at the San Francisco airport.
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On the plane to Dublin.
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Goodbye San Francisco!
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Hello Ireland! (but for all too short a time...even being in the Dublin airport made us miss Ireland.)
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All of Aer Lingus's planes are named for Irish saints. The one we took to Dublin was named for St. Sillan. Later on, the one we took to Edinburgh was called St. Colgan.
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Another airport meal: Colcannon and sausage, and some fries.
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Two very Irish drinks (Smithwick's beer and a fruit juice called Fruice) and a less characteristically Irish beverage (a Very Cherry for Catherine).
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A look at the food court in the Dublin Airport, decorated for Christmas. And, one of the stands had pasteis de nata (they called them "Portuguese Tarts.") They were very good.
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First glimpse of Scotland through the clouds. Once we landed we quickly got our bags and got a taxi to where we're staying.
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A view of the city.

We are tired but happy to be here and ready to get some rest so we can explore tomorrow!

Posted by danielcatherine 19:32 Archived in Scotland Tagged edinburgh ireland dublin san_francisco graduation airplanes airbnb aer_lingus Comments (5)

Kauai Day 1: Time Travelling

semi-overcast 84 °F

While our group...
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Visited beaches...
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Snacked on Portuguese food...
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And watched the Running of the Bulls on Terceira...
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We flew through the air, first from Boston to San Francisco and then from San Francisco to Kauai. Our flights were not bad: from Boston to San Francisco we sat in front of Catherine’s parents, and next to a woman from Boston who owns a ranch in Oregon. We had a nice conversation with her. After our flight, we parted ways with Catherine’s parents and flew to Kauai. Our seats were very nice because we had an empty third seat in our row.
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We got to Kauai, rented our car (which turned out to be a Jeep) and drove to the house that Daniel’s family is staying in. Our room is very comfortable and the towels are folded into a turtle. We are very excited to start this leg of our trip, and to explore Kauai!

Posted by danielcatherine 00:49 Archived in USA Tagged food beach san_francisco portugal seats boston kauai bulls Comments (1)

Ireland Day 1: The Journey

With Service to Toronto, the Basque Country, India, and Turkey

semi-overcast 63 °F

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On Saturday we got everything packed and got ready to head to San Jose to get our flight at the San Francisco Airport. On our way out, we met Catherine's parents and her brother, Fr. Michael. We had dinner at a Basque restaurant in Fresno. We had never had that type of food before so we thought that was a good start to our adventures. We stayed at Daniel's parents' house.
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Daniel's parents dropped us off at the airport.
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Our flight was with Air Canada.
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Catherine had a window seat and Daniel had a middle seat. We had an excellent view out the window. These pictures show the vast deserts in Nevada. We saw the Rockies and the Great Lakes.
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Our flight to Dublin was delayed for over an hour. While this was frustrating, it gave us a chance to have a nice meal at an Indian restaurant in the terminal. Daniel had chana masala (chickpea curry), which is actually one of our favorite meals to make at home.
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Our flight from Toronto left at midnight, and once the sun rose we could mostly just see clouds and ocean.
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Our first glimpse of Ireland!
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More of Ireland from the plane.
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We found a bus to O'Connell Street. Daniel had made plans to meet his friend Adrian, who he met when he was studying abroad in Galway. He called Adrian and they arranged to meet at Wynn's Hotel off of O'Connell Street. We took the bus to O'Connell Street, and thankfully found a Tourism Office where we could store our bags. When we got to Wynn's, we met Adrian, his wife Mikal, and his daughter, Isabella. Adrian said no trip to Ireland would be complete without Turkish kebabs, so we went to a Turkish restaurant nearby. Adrian strongly recommended the shish kebab, so we split that and some curry chips. It was very good, and we had a nice lunch. Adrian had a meeting (which was the reason he was in Dublin) so we chatted for a while with Mikal.
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We were right by the General Post Office (GPO) which was a major location in the Easter Rising in 1916. There is a museum there which we toured. We were very tired so we didn't take as many pictures as we should have, but it was a very informative and interesting tour.
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After that, Daniel showed Catherine the hostel where he stayed the last time he stayed in Dublin, and the pharmacy where he bought a toothbrush and toothpaste because his bags had been lost. After that, we picked up our bags at the tourist office and got a taxi to our AirBnB.
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Our AirBnB is a house in Ballsbridge in South Dublin. According to a letter on the wall it was used as a safe house by Michael Collins in the early 20th century. It is very comfortable, and our room has a beautiful view.
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The neighborhood is beautiful. We are across from St. Mary's Catholic Church, and just down the street from the Dylan Hotel where Daniel's aunt Jackie is staying. We are very excited about our trip. Tomorrow, we will be touring Dublin!

Posted by danielcatherine 20:59 Archived in Ireland Tagged planes airport toronto ireland dublin turkish canada gpo san_francisco shish_kebab Comments (3)

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