Galway Arts Festival 2018

Galway, city of festivals. It still amazes me how many festivals are organised in this relatively small city throughout the year. Amazing is also the level of quality and variety that they boast. You always have the feeling that what you see is something beautiful and so simple at the same time. You can clearly…

New Year’s Eve in Lisdoonvarna

Everybody knows it’s usually not good to speak too soon. But sometimes we are so positive about something, that we forget about it. Luckily, life is always ready to send us a reminder. This note from life came to me on New Year’s Eve, after I had spent all day repeating how great 2017 had…

Of songs, swans and rosemary

Tonight I wanted to tell you about a new little Irish adventure of mine. The location is again Ballina, Mr J’s hometown. I have spent the last week-end here. I could tell you about the lovely walk along the river Moy, coming back just before dark. I think my subconscious was looking for a somewhat…

A pre-“holiday” in Co. Cork

Any expat knows that going back to their original home doesn’t mean they are going on holiday. Travelling to our first country means going temporarily back to our old life, it’s a way to see how this has changed while we were away, how the same habits of familiar people have changed too. This time,…