An Oregon Road Trip – Nov 04 2018

Painted Hills, Oregon
Oregon in a weekend

I’m still reeling after the weekend. How could I have forgotten that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the USA? I spent 80% of my summer in different states so this weekend was truly a reminder of what a playground Oregon is. That you can take off without a plan and land in literally a magical place is incredible. No signal. No crazies. No stress. The last couple of weeks (or months really) have been pretty  hectic so when himself asked ‘What do you want to do this weekend?’, my immediate thought was, switch off. Continue reading “An Oregon Road Trip – Nov 04 2018”

Tedx PDX

Tedx PDX
Tedx PDX
Tedx Portland

Since I joined Inavero, I’ve been waiting to go to Tedx in Portland. Rosemarie, my old manager in Adecco had told me about it before and I was really looking forward to seeing some speakers. The event definitely did not disappoint. I was warned to have tissues at the ready because the day itself is an emotional rollercoaster.

Ted began in 1984 as a conference where speakers came and spread beautiful ideas in 18 minutes or less. Tedx is community based with a Ted-like experience. It first came to Portland 7 years ago and has built a crowd from 700 to 3000 filling out the Keller Auditorium. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but the day went seamlessly. I was skeptical of the organizers  ability to sit, feed and water 3000 people but they managed it doing a great job. Continue reading “Tedx PDX”

My Love, My New York

Central Park
Central Park
A guide to the city on a budget

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a huge love affair with New York. I recently took a trip out there with Korey (him working, me playing) and arriving back there felt as normal as returning to Galway. I’ve actually been in such a funk since leaving, I can only bring myself to write it up now.

This place can either be done on an absolute budget – or you can baller it out. I managed to swing both in (thanks to himself). The only way I’ve ever really travelled before has been on a small pocket. This would include couch surfing, dodgy, dirty hostels (always a fun time though), long bus rides, street food and basically winging it. I LOVE this though because a) I don’t make a million dollars and b) the people are always awesome that you meet along the way. So for this post, I’m going to focus on ‘economy traveling’  and hopefully it’ll give some tips on how to navigate around! Continue reading “My Love, My New York”

Christmas in Ireland

 Shop Street, Galway
Back to Galway I Go

Door to door it took me around 19hrs to get back to Galway from Portland. To say I was exhausted when I arrived in Ireland is an understatement! I got the Go Bus from Dublin Airport to Galway city (Euros 18, 3hrs travel) and was so happy to see  Aoife waiting for me at the bus station. I came home a day earlier than what I had told people and Aoife kindly offered me a lift. So after some grub in Scotty’s we made way for Headford. Of course no one was home except a sleeping Brenda but the folks arrived in a little bit later. Brenda got some hilarious videos of mom, dad and Pat’s reactions (for which I’d be killed if I posted LOL) and I caught James the next day. Continue reading “Christmas in Ireland”