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A New Start

Hi chums,

If you’ve been wondering what the heck has happened to me in recent months because I’ve completely neglected The Peapod, it’s because I’ve been a) trying to pass college and b) setting up a new-and-improved site which you guys should check out if you liked my updates: just click here and it’ll take you there (insert Sean Kingston lyrics now).

Do have a little peep, I think you’ll like it.

 

Thanks for the support of the Peapod. Much love,

K. xxx

Being Thankful

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving, everybody!

 

I might be a day late and not from America but I think it’s always a nice distraction from ‘productive things’ to write a big happy list of things to be thankful for. Don’t you? I’m a huge advocate of Happy Lists anyway and have been known to advise people to simply write one up in times of great stress to try and relieve themselves in a positive way. I don’t think people often take this advice (“I’d prefer to just drink myself into a blubbering stupor, but thanks anyway, Kiera”) but they should. Continue reading “Being Thankful”

How(th) Do You Do?

Fun fact about me: I love birds. All birds. Even crows. Even pigeons (that’s a controversial one, I know, but I do.They’re brazen and clever and a laugh to watch despite being slightly annoying. A bit like me.)

So feeding a big flock of hungry seagulls stale bread last weekend in Howth was the perfect Sunday pastime before heading to Howth’s “Dog House” Blues bar for a wood fire pizza. That was a good day.

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Halloween

Hey amigos,

 

Just a quick one today as I’m run off my feet at the moment. I’m about to go and donate blood as a matter of fact – the Give Blood service is in college today and I’ve wanted to donate for ages and have just ever had the time on the ‘Donation Days’ in the main center, but now I have no excuse. I shall be going alone, unfortunately – my two potentially Blood-Giving friends are unable to attend: one has spent time in Zimbabwe in the last year and so could have a touch of the Deadly Mosquito about her, and the other has a spot of Mad Cow Disease having spent time in England during trying times.

Still, off I shall trot at 2 o’clock.

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‘I’d Rather Be in Killiney’

Happy Sunday everyone!

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks. Final year has hit hard at college and the novelty of everyone in Dublin speaking English has worn off so I’m no longer finding the work blissfully easy compared to in Vienna. Still, we truck onwards.

I have been taking the odd little stroll to keep my sanity, and it’s not hard to find breathing space when you’re lucky enough to live on Ireland’s coast. So the other day, after spending seven hours in the library highlighting things and colour coding them to make myself feel like a productive Office-type-woman, I decided that Jack and I should take a little hike to the place where we actually had our first date sometime last year. Continue reading “‘I’d Rather Be in Killiney’”

Your Autumn Songbook

This is becoming a bit of a habit, isn’t it?

Still, a new season calls for a new playlist, and I absolutely love listening to these mellow tracks on my merry way to work or stuck in the horrendous traffic between my house and college of a morning. Autumn is my favourite season – partly because of the colours outside, partly because of the cosy clothes you can dig out of the closet and partly because of the nippiness in the air which whispers – dare I say it? – ‘Christmas is coming.’

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A Weekend in the Windy City

Bonjour everyone!

I say “Bonjour” with hearty start-of-term enthusiasm as it’s my first week back at college (of final year, in fact). Doubtless the enthusiasm will fade but I’m starting as I truly mean to go on, and you have to respect me for that.

Last weekend I (finally) went to Edinburgh to visit Katie, last seen in my Budapest post. She’s been studying in Aberdeen for the last three years and I’ve really been meaning to pop over to the Scottish capital for a long time, so this summer she insisted I finally just book the tickets. And I was not disappointed.

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Cinque Terre

Hello and happy Thursday!

We’re onto our last Italy post, and are finally talking about the well-known Cinque Terre (those sparklingly colourful mountainside towns you always see on Wanderlust Instagram pages and the likes). In the last post you will have seen how easy it was to actually reach these little havens, despite them literally being perched along mountainsides overlooking the raging waves (am I getting a bit dramatic? Oh, well why not. Life is ticking smoothly along – I need to inject a little drama). I’ll begin this final tale with what happened after Jack fell into the sea and was eaten by a humungous tuna.

(Sorry, I’m pushing it a bit now.)

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Italia Part 2: Portofino

Ciao, friends!

What I must do before delving into the dreamland that is Portofino, is give a quick outline on how Jack and I actually got to Portofino/Cinque Terre, since after the last post I had a couple of enquiries about how difficult it is to actually reach these mountainside gems.

It’s surprisingly simple. If you’ve got the cash to spare, you can fly straight to Genoa, but if you want to go about it a little more frugally like we did, you can fly to Pisa. From Pisa you take a very short, very cheap bus to the Central Train Station (Italian) and from there you get a train which last between 1.5 hours and 2 hours to Rapallo. It usually costs about 17 euros for a single ticket and it’s a lovely journey with gorge views as you go.

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