A Dublin Love-fest

With the dedicated day for love (valentines day) approaching, I thought why not have a whole post on Dublin in love.  Yes, Dublin is a city and doesn’t really have any feelings so for Dublin to be in love would be kind of hard, but sometimes it feels like the city is just overflowing with love.  The swans on the canal making any boring walk romantic, the beautiful building just screaming love is happening here and even the drunks, just passionately screaming away a storm.  Dublin is a city to love and fall in love with.  Even if its not with the love of your life, you can just fall in love with the cobblestones, because sometimes cobblestones have a lot more going on than some of the people you’ve been on a date with.

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^^ hearts on the wall.

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^^ They don’t say love birds for nothing.

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^^ Swans being majestic.

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^^ We love you Dublin.

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^^ You can find love everywhere.

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^^ The best way to live.

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^^ My soulbro.

Do you have any plans for valentines day?

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been one fun ride.  Mostly walking, but some rides here and there.  With all the fun things to do around Dublin you would have to really try hard not to have a good time.  Castles, leaves, Chinese new years and all sort of wonderful fun is ready to get have in Dublin.  Everything is a short or long walk depends on the mood you’re in anyway, but the public transport here is amazing so take a bus, train or tram and activities are around all the corners.  Even the corners are great, lined with cobblestones and churches, the most boring corner is a beautiful one!

I guess you can see beauty in every place you’re in, but there is just something magical about Ireland.  Maybe its because its my two favourite colours grey and green, or maybe its all the daffodils exploding out of the ground in preparation for spring, the beautiful architecture that will make anyone’s heart thump, unless you don’t have a heart or maybe its the church bells that ring in delight every Sunday telling you to take the Sabbath day seriously, but maybe its just Dublin, beautiful, slightly shabby Dublin.  With all that charm and prettiness just making my heart swoon and just telling me this is where you belong.  Whatever it is Ireland is an adventure that I never want to forget.

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^^ Just call me Mary Poppins.

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^^ leaves.

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^^ Rathfarnam castle exploring days.  The ceiling depicts Jesus’s life.

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^^ Excited mirror selfie!

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^^ Drimnagh castle.  Its got the only surviving moat in Ireland.

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^^ CHQ Chinese new year.  It wasn’t as amazing as the one we went to last year, but it was still good.

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^^ Chinese chess.  I wonder who is winning.

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^^ A very popular dragon.

How was your weekend?

The adventures of Chafey and Peg-Leg

During travels its always best to have a sense of humour about the not so fun things.  For instance; I’ve developed a lovely peg-leg waddle on colder days thanks to a old knee injury and Carl has been chafing like a cyclist.  One night while walking around we came up with the name
Chafey and Peg-Leg, out on another great adventure for bread….We have come to our senses and decided to buy a leap card so we can take the bus, tram or train around instead of walking insane miles, because we don’t want to miss anything!

When you stop taking yourself so seriously you get to have all sort of fun, like walking around with a selfiestick to take the silliest photos you can possibly take or placing your camera on a stump to really get the best selfie on, or so it just seems like you have a weird third wheel around that takes all your photos? So go get your selfie on!

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^^ Vogue-ing is a real thing.

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^^ leg grab?

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^^ He was trying to unbutton my coat.

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^^ Wonderland.

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^^ Thumbs up.

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^^ Over excited.

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^^ I look way to serious.

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^^ The menacing ear glare..

A riverside walk

Yesterday we decided to be spontaneous, our idea of spontaneity is usually planned.  Yeah, we say it’s so last minute, but we overly plan everything, lets just go here, but research everything completely before we even attempt to have fun.  It really takes away from the wonderment and joy of a place, you never really appreciate a place, because you spent half the day researching it and making sure its a okay.  After long talks about why we need to stop certain habits like insane cheapness and planning everything out, we set off without a care or google maps assistance.  We were treated to a beautiful river walk experience that was just wonderful!  Walking around without a care, feeling so free in a sense was beyond wonderful.  Sometimes you just have to let go and just go with it.  Blessing are everywhere you just have to look around and trust you will find something amazing.

We’ve been talking a lot about why we are like this and trying to work through stuff so we can be our own people without having this crazy vibes that’s not really us, but rather the environments we’ve been in.  Talking it out and realizing that’s not the people we want to be is wonderful, it all starts with realizing the person you want to be, one day I don’t want to tell my children do what I say, not what I do.  I want to be a great example and live wonderfully.

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^^ Is it a troll?! No, its just Carl under a bridge.

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^^ Relaxing walks.

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^^ a tree.  Wow.

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^^ He always sat here.

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^^ I keep wondering.  What kind of person would spray paint a tree?

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^^ A dog loving city.

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^^ I felt like I was in lord of the rings for a second.

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^^ Exactly.

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^^ So true.

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^^ The cutest little moss fluffs.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

It feels like a lifetime since I’ve done an update of life posts, but with all the great things to see and all the great things I want you guys to see it hasn’t felt like I’ve had any time at all.  Life here is just perfect, the weather, the houses, the people and all the different chip flavours that make you wonder “how will I ever choose?”! Being able to walk around everywhere and only have to worry about the new blisters forming on my feet, and being absolutely ravenous when we get back to our little home.  Dublin is an incredible place, church bells constantly ringing and just a wonderful atmosphere that makes you believe anything is possible.

After searching for the perfect church for us we finally found one that felt right, when your soul gets touched you know you have the right church! The sense of belonging and truth really resonated with both of us.  Carl kept saying it felt like people were speaking about him, like they’ve lived his life!  Growing up in a Dutch reformed church (protestant), Carl and I both never felt like this was the right fit for us, but going to all the different churches, doing research and finding the one that had the same believes, values and that just felt right finally happened.  It was like a like coming on that’s filled us both with extreme joy.  Okay, okay.  Enough about our spiritual enlightenment, lets get to photos!

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^^ Life is a walk in the park, or many parks if you are in Ireland.

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^^ I think Carl heard something?

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^^ Carl was really happy about his outfit.  You can see the joy in his eyes.

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^^ Cutest lion ever?

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^^ We never go anywhere without our umbrella backpack.

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^^ Another day another church.

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^^ making friends.

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^^ I sat on his hat, I guess we will never be friends now.

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^^ Seagull stalking.

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^^ Whose hands are these?

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^^ This place is so lovely, but try not to walk around here during lunch break.  All the office folk come out to have a cigarette break, its like fighting your way out of a smog.

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^^ The wind does wonderful things to his hair.

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^^ His album cover.

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^^ This car must have been standing here for a while, just look at the pretty leave prints!

How was your weekend?

a delightful stroll around trinity…

After numerous days of not being able to locate trinity college, thanks to hordes of people, and just our confused lost tourist vibe, we finally managed to make it in without looking like complete idiots.  We did manage to get in a lot of peoples photos, regardless of duck running.  Its definitely worth all the trouble, its a beautiful college that makes you just want to go in and pretend to be a student and study your butt off.  Maybe even walk the grounds with a book under your arm, looking for the perfect place to read it.  Yes, it’s that kind of college.  The strap on some suspenders, grow a beard and get some glasses kind.

Instead of going into the expensive library we just milled around and really got to experience the free outside!

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^^ With these guys looking down on you, you know you should be studying.

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^^ STUDY!

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^^ Carl would make a mighty fine student here.

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^^ When the grass is this green, you would never have to worry if its greener on the other side.

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^^ Found the perfect place to read that book.

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Its a great place to spend a blue sky day!

Ireland in Black and White

Ireland is a beautifully vibrant place, so why would you want to take black and white photos of such a green place, because Ireland looks good in any colour!

There is just something special about a black and white photo, it gives more character, romance a sense of wonder to a photo.  Maybe it’s because it looks like a by gone era, that you can just get lost in, or maybe its just because it looks so good.  I love a colourful photo just like everyone else, but black and white photos would be the soul of a photo, that core that makes you see a little deeper.

” The most colourful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all the colours and at the same time excludes all”. – Vikrmn

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^^ Birds flying around in Dublin.  These birds are crazy! I always duck when I get to this area in Dublin.

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^^ Church in black and white a match made in heaven.  Hey, that’s almost punny.

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^^ Another church.

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^^ Beach days.

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^^ towering.

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^^ A church and construction.

Happy Friday! Hope you guys have a lovely weekend.  I’m waiting in anticipation for snow. Hopefully it happens soon!