“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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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We were tired afterwards: beer and cat time.

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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!

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Last day in London, this course flew by!

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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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Hi from London!

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Or shall I say ‘ello! We’ve had a busy first few days and this is the first time I’ve been able to sit down at the computer for any length of time. First off, the weather is super warm and sunny. It’s amazing except when traveling in the Tube, then it’s like I’m in a sauna! I’ve been eating a lot of lightly salted crisps and drinking tons of water.

I’m also enjoying using a REAL MAP and not being tethered to my iPhone/email/etc.

Here’s some pics from the first few days.

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Tired but wired at Trafalgar Square on our first day. We had just flown in that morning and finished our Orientation session in Russell Square and were doing a bit of wandering.

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Obsessed with these Roman manicure sets from the Museum of London. How cool!

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My meals have been all over the place. It’s been super busy and super hot and with the time change, I’ve just grazed on odd things during the day. This is like a breakfast/lunch but at 3 p.m. Sitting on the steps of St. Paul’s cathedral eating hard boiled eggs and spinach with crisps and mango and water.

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Another weird breakfast/lunch type of thing. It’s noon and I’m at Heathrow airport trying to get a student’s bag that went missing. FOUND! But it took all morning, so I ended up eating this bizarre lunch consisting of a noodle salad from M&S with a coffee and a croissant from a coffee shop at the airport. (Loving Outlander so far!)

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We’re staying in West London, so on the way to the National Theatre, we got off at Westminster for views of Big Ben, the London Eye, and a Southbank walk.

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Afterwards, I popped over to Covent Garden for Ben’s cookies. The best warm and gooey cookies in London! Mmmmmm, I’ve waited so long for a reunion.

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