Dublin On My Mind

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Ireland | 10 Comments
Dublin On My Mind

I’ve been trying to write about Dublin for months. I’ve held that city in my mind, letting it glow, letting it buoy me. And yet I’ve struggled to articulate my time in Dublin. Though I was in town for a bit more than four days, three of those were completely consumed by TBEX, where I […]

You and Me and All The Live Music in Ireland

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 in Ireland, Personal | 5 Comments
You and Me and All The Live Music in Ireland

Late October. We sat in a small Istanbul café, him and me, four years after our last meeting. The conversation was a tentative waltz, re-learning each other’s quirks, reacquainting with speech cadences, remembering why we were friends. Rewind briefly to two months earlier. I was surprised when he told me he’d be spending a night […]

Afternoon Tea at Adare Manor

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 in Ireland | 9 Comments
Afternoon Tea at Adare Manor

When I was in college, a few friends of mine started a club called SASS– Students Acquiring Social Skills. It was really just an excuse to dress up and pretend to be fancy with the school’s funding; the members were primarily from their friend group. SASS’s shining moment was a trip the group organized to […]

The Cliffs of Moher Bend Towards Home

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Ireland, Stories and Essays | No Comments
The Cliffs of Moher Bend Towards Home

When I was a child, I was scared of the ocean. I grew up in Massachusetts and we would spend childhood summer days on the beaches of the Atlantic. It’s an imposing body of water– dark blue and still cold during the hottest months, salt waves crashing into rough sand beaches crowned with massive dunes. […]