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A little bit of good old fashioned Dublin fun

So I was lucky enough to have a little piece of home visit me recently.  My sister Megan and her friend Hannah made the long trip to visit me for a week.  Knowing of their arrival I planned a whole week of touristy activities just for them!  What I realized is that when you live somewhere, sometimes you forget to do all those silly tourist infested activities. These included places that I have walked by everyday for the past three months but never stepped inside. Heres a little peak into our week and some of our best adventures. Like all good vacations we started it off with a pint of beer.  And to celebrate their arrival to Dublin we had a pint of Guinness. But since I vowed to do all the tourist things, we went straight for the Guinness factory.  We did the full tour, filled with good times, free samples, and pouring our own pint and becoming masters. Our next stop was the Wax Museum.  Okay okay I know, why the heck visit …

Being in Belgium: Tips of the Travel

Last weekend I took a trip out of Ireland and all the way to Belgium.  My friends and I had no plans or itinerary for when we arrived in Brussels Belgium.  We just wanted to explore and find our own way, and thats exactly what we did.  When we arrived at our hostel the first thing we did was ask “Where can we get waffles?!”, lets be honest that’s why anyone goes to brussels right? So let me tell you what I did, what I recommend and what I don’t. Waffles: I found that Belgium waffles are like Pizza.  When they’re good, they’re freaking amazing, and when they’re bad, they’re still pretty good.  You just have to keep eating in order to find the best one. Also, in Belgium they eat Waffles generally for dessert not breakfast, but who really cares what time of day you stuff your face .  Transportation:  So there is a lot to see in Brussels and not everything is remote to the center city.  I highly suggest walking wherever you …

8 Must Do’s in Northern Ireland

A month into my great Irish adventure I made my way up to Northern Ireland. I spent 48 hours touring the country, and the best sights.  It was the most tiring 2 days but a night in an old Irish hostel, a castle, and sights that took my breath away made it so worth it. These are 8 must do’s if you ever find your self in Northern Ireland. 1. Belfast, Black Taxi Tour A tour through Belfast in a black taxi, lead by ex-political prisoners.  The Tour lead us through the most historical sights and neighborhoods of Belfast.  We heard stories of the political unrest and saw the sights that made history. 2.Victoria Square Shopping Center An open air shopping mall, that led out to an outdoor center filled with stores and live music. 3.Titanic Museum Belfast The Titanic was built in Belfast, this is one of the best museums I have visited.  Instead of focusing on the great tragedy that was the Titanic, it focused on the work and life that went into the building the …

How about Howth?

The first big adventure of many to come. Saturday, we woke up early and caught a train on its way to Howth for the weekly “Howth Market”.  We heard it was a sight not to be missed while in Ireland.  A small town right on the water.  The train was 6 euro roundtrip to Howth, the ride was about a half-hour, but the train runs along side the water, to say the least it was beautiful.  It was made even better with good friends, (That’s Rachel)! When we stepped off the train we practically stepped right into the “Howth Market”.  Now I was expecting something of the sorts of a farmers market, or swap meat of flea market.  A large area filled with vendors of all sorts.  The Howth Market was not quiet like what I had expected.  It was more of an alley way more than a large area.  It had a handful of vendors from an all you could eat chinese food in a box, to hats knitted with love by a man …

Irish Food, it’s not as bad as you’ve heard.

Food.  I think we can all agree, it’s pretty freakin’ great. To be honest I heard horrible things about Irish food prior to arriving in Ireland.  I heard it was nothing to write about and not to exciting.  Let me tell you, that could not be further from the truth.  If you know what you’re looking for that is.  Sure there is always soda bread and blood sausage, but there is also seafood and potatoes and cheese and pork and beef.  YUM! The list is endless.  Sure you can get all those things in the states but here the differentiation is that its actually fresh.  This stuff is straight from the farmlands. You can actually taste the freshness.  It’s pretty wonderful.  If I could I would spend every night at a new restaurant eating new dishes to satisfy my cravings and yearning for deliciousness.  Unfortunately I can not, because, money.  Stupid stupid money. But it’s okay because it gives me the chance to try out some new recipes in my own kitchen such as this delicious …

A Big Change and How I Handled It.

After spending a week and a half in my new home of Dublin Ireland I’ve began to notice, it’s not easy.  Not one bit.  I have left all that is important to me back home, my family, my incredible boyfriend, and everything I know. The first few days I spent a lot of time crying and worrying.  Here’s how I dealt with those terrifying feeling, to make myself Happy. 1. I told myself self how important I am.  I am important to myself and need to support myself. This meant letting go of what made me sad and embracing what made me feel strong and happy. 2. I focused on the big picture. When in my life will I ever be able to jump into a new culture and travel the world for four months. Never. 3. I stopped counting the days.  I let go of making the four months go by quickly.  I focused on making the four months the best they could possibly be. 4. I looked around. On my 30 minute walk …

The Good, Bad and The Ugly of International Travel and Dublin

So yes all those rumors are true, I have touched down in the great country of Ireland.  Here for 4 months.  I departed Logan Airport in Boston at 6:30pm on Tuesday and arrived at the Dublin Airport at 5:05am.  Yeup it was as bad as you could probably imagine. When you book a red-eye you tell yourself, of course I’m gonna sleep I’m going to be so tired and I’m smart.  Well you’re pretty dumb because you WILL NOT sleep.  Especially when it’s a sold out flight and the man next to you forgot to put on deodorant that morning, I mean seriously.  Okay so as you can tell I’m pretty bitter about my lack of sleep and the smelly man.  The good thing was that the flight had individual TV’s with Movies and Sitcoms. So while I was wide awake I could watch Big Bang Theory. I arrived at the Dublin airport, terrified of going through customs.  Let me tell you, it happened so fast I didn’t even know it happened.  And in a …

18 Carry-On Essentials

So as my departure date gets closer (Two days may I add), for Ireland, I have decided I better start packing. It is probably one of the most stressful parts about traveling. Why can’t I just bring my whole closet?  That would makes things so much simpler.  But because I cant bring my whole closet, as much as I tried, I needed to be strategic.  I began throwing some essentials in my big green back pack ready for Dublin, and wanted to share my packing experience with all of you.  These are some of my carry on essentials for international travel. 1. Gum– You know that plane altitude will get you right when you start getting comfortable. 2. Clorox Wet Wipes– You’d be surprised how gross and germ infested public areas such as an airport can be.  Well maybe not that surprised. 3. Chapstick– Have you ever had chapped lips? Lets just be safe rather than sorry, shall we? 4. Deodorant– It can get pretty hot and stuffy in that airplane, especially when you’re flying for …

Obligatory First Blog Post

Welcome to my blog ByAllie!  This is a place for me to express my quirky sense of style, my ideas, and my somewhat crazy life of a genuinely unique twentysomething. Beginning in January I will be living in Ireland for four months!  Get ready to follow me through the city of Dublin, and all over Europe.  While in Ireland I will be documenting all my new experiences with you!  Every experience from food, shopping, traveling and most importantly my adventures! I am so excited to begin this wonderful blog journey with all of you as my witnesses!  I hope you all enjoy my never ending sarcasm and my undying need for adventure! Thanks for reading!