Hiking in the ADKs –> Fall is coming!

August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont
August in Vermont

I was a little mopey when I got back to Vermont. Post-vacation blues. Some close friends moved – Jen actually left for an internship in Seattle when I was in Europe, tragic! (But she LOVES it there and must visit soon.) Anyway! I was feeling a little ‘meh’. But my dear friend Marissa was like, get over it, come to New York and let’s do some hiking. She lives about an hour away, across the lake in Plattsburgh, NY. I drove over early on Sunday morning for breakfast at her place, a paleo (she does Crossfit) meal of eggs, homemade turkey sausage, and half a peach. We hiked up Cascade and Porter in the Adirondacks, which took us about five hours total. It’s been years since I’ve been hiking in the ADKs, and it’s rockier and just different from the vibe of the trails in Vermont. It was LOVELY. And we had the best weather. And the coolest pooch. Marissa also brought her fiance’s dog, Hudson, who is so smart. He’s a legit hunting dog – with more degrees and a larger vocabulary than most human beings. Ha! We stopped for milkshakes from Stewart’s on the way home, and my trip ended with a stop-over at Target, where I happily filled my cart with totally random things that I didn’t need, and drove back home slap happy because that was an awesome day.

P.S. Lisa is asking about my Sicily blog post. It’s coming!
P.P.S. Marissa recently got engaged on a boat in Alaska this summer. and she’s MAKING her own wedding dress. That’s so badass. She’s so badass.

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“Red Eyes”/The War on Drugs

Happy Monday! It’s the first day of school at UVM and I’ve got my weights class – jumping back on my workout bandwagon, woo! – starting in a few. But I’ve been playing this song “Red Eyes” from the band The War on Drugs the last few days, along with “Hero” from the Boyhood soundtrack.

What songs – or books! – are you loving lately? I went to the library today and the librarian told me to read The Light Between Oceans. I’ve had a few friends rave about it too.

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Boyhood!

Last night some friends and I went to watch Boyhood. A 3-hour movie on a work-day Wednesday. I, being totally behind on what’s even out at the theatres and still slightly jet lagged and busy with long work days actually initially protested and tried to vote to get ice cream and watch the sunset instead, but got vetoed.

I’M SO HAPPY I SAW THIS MOVIE! I can’t stop thinking about it, perhaps THE ULTIMATE coming-of-age story.

It was filmed over a span of 12 years in Texas, beginning when Mason Jr (played by Ellar Coltrane) was six years old and continuing until he was 18. Ethan Hawke (swoon) and Patricia Arquette (she never ages) play his parents. I read that the director, Richard Linklater, said the real star is time though.

It made me think of my past twelve years. Of all the voices and influences in our heads. Of the homophobia boys face in school. Of discovering our hobbies. Of the doldrums in life. Of moments in time. There’s a sweet sweet scene when the kids are little getting the new Harry Potter book. It’s so nostalgic and touching and the music is fantastic because let’s face it songs capture time better than really anything else. I read this review after seeing the film – which overall got rave reviews – but this critic was blasting the movie for starting out with Coldplay’s Yellow. Pffft. Duuuuuude, 12 years ago that song was on about three different of my mixed CDs. It’s perfect.

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Beach camping in Connemara.

Camping in Connemara

Hello! I’m home! The weather’s been utterly dreary in Vermont – raining and in the 60s – which is making me miss Sicily ON ANOTHER LEVEL. Yet on the other hand, it’s been nice for staying inside and slowing down. Y’all. I’m tired. 22 days of traveling – working, hiking, wandering, and 30 hours of traveling back from southern Sicily to northern Vermont – whew!

The other day I did yoga for the first time in like a month. It felt awesome, but now I’m SO sore. Besides walking, I really haven’t worked out in like 45 days. And last night I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. Haha! All worth it though! I had an awesome European vacation. Before traveling to Italy, I spent five days in Ireland catching up with my friend Eric and camping in Connemara.

I couldn’t have been a happier camper. There were loads of white sand beaches and wild (okay, maybe not wild) horses and really cute cats and lots of debriefing about Japan one year later!

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

Before heading off on our Connemara camping adventure, I went up to Eric’s grandparent’s beach cabin in Rush for a Sunday dinner. His grandparents – Fred and Olive (how I do love their names!) – have spent 58 summers there.

Camping in Connemara

It was much chillier than London, so I borrowed an Aran Island sweater for beach time/Tower exploration. This was Eric’s brother’s sweater and I liked it so much I bought the exact same one. Ha!

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

The tower watch was from Napoleonic times. There were a series of them along the coast that you could see only if you climbed to the top: surveillance before technology is totally wild. I loved it, although it was a wee bit scary getting down from the tower.

The next morning we headed out to Connemara, just north of Galway, which unbeknownst to me has Caribbean-like white sand beaches with turquoise waters. It’s stunning! The first day Eric and I just walked along the coastline to Omey Island and had lunch at a local pub. Across the street from the most beautiful horses……swoon.

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

We camped out at Clifden Eco Beach Camping and both LOVED the place. No plastic water bottles allowed, clean facilities, gorgeous beaches.

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

The next day we drove around the Connemara Loop and had lunch at a local pub before going hiking in the national park, up Diamond Hill.

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

We were tired afterwards: beer and cat time.

Camping in Connemara
Camping in Connemara

I hung out in Dublin for just a brief time the next morning before flying to Italy. Would have been great to stay longer! Like all my vacations, time moves too quickly. SLOW DOWN TIME! Back with Sicily pics soon.

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Ciao Sicily!

ciao sicilia!

 6:00 a.m. this morning I left Sicily (sob!) and caught a smokin’ view of Mt. Etna!

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Last day in Ireland, whoa!

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Last day in Ireland, whoa! I went camping in Connemara the past few days and it was PERFECT.

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Bye from London!

London 2014

Last day in London, this course flew by!

We
had
the
most
unbelievable
English
weather.

No rain, all sun – I’ll take it!

We saw 8 plays around town. Favorites: Julius Caesar @ The Globe and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. We also visited Hampton Court Palace (which has the most amazing gardens), Borough Market, Columbia Road Flower Market, Churchill Arms pub (best bathroom and Thai food!), Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Brick Lane, Neal’s Yard, Hampstead Heath, Camden Markets, and Tower of London. I’m packing up (my suitcase is already way too full) and headed to Dublin this afternoon.

Some pics from the past 10 days in London!

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