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Adventures in Food – A Taste of Dublin 2015

Last week I was on a bit of a winning streak on Twitter. I always love entering whatever competitions pop up in my timeline and it just so happened that I started winning every competition I entered. This left me with a free lunch for 4 people at a pub in Ballsbridge, a free Lonely Planet Guide, a 50 euro Ryanair voucher and last, but not least, 2 free tickets to a Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens.

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A Taste of Dublin Food Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, and from what I heard chatting to stall holders, this year might well have been the best ever. The sun was shining for the whole weekend, and everyone who attended treated it like a real occasion, with some dressing up the nines for what I believed was basically a small food festival in a park. That was BEFORE I entered.

I actually couldn’t believe how big the set up was. There was so much going on that we didn’t know where to start. People were giving away small tasters of delicious, freshly cooked and locally sourced food wherever we looked. There were live music stages dotted around the park so after bought some drinks or food, you could find yourself a bean bag, sit down and soak up the atmosphere.

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One of the newest, and best, additions to the festival was a waiter service organized by JustEat. Basically, they had people wandering around the park with menus to choose from, then people could order what they wanted and the waiters would queue at the correct stall, fetch the food and bring it back. Pretty incredible service and something I have never seen at a festival before!

I also love that The Shebeen, Ireland smallest and mobile pub, was set up inside the festival. It’s such a charming idea, even if it does only fit about 6 people! Check it out below!

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The only think me and my friend didn’t like were the prices. Considering you have to pay between 15 and 17 euro just to get inside the gates, charging between 5 and 7 euro for a ‘taste’ of certain food items was a bit steep. We didn’t really understand the reasoning because all the drinks were reasonably priced but the food was outrageous.

Don’t get us wrong, the quality of the food was brilliant and it was great to taste so many different things from Dublin’s top restaurants, but 7 euro and the tiniest bit of thai red curry and boiled rice was a joke. We both spent over 30 euro altogether and I personally left still feeling hungry. I would still recommend checking out the next Taste of Dublin, just don’t head to the festival with an empty stomach!

I Gave Away My Return Flights To Iceland To A Complete Stranger On Reddit

A few weeks ago I had to make a horrible decision. Having just got back from Morocco and with a crazy amount of emails and work tasks piling up on my desk, I decided a planned trip to Iceland with 4 amazing friends simply could not happen. They would have to go without me (they did – lucky sods!) and I would have to cry myself to sleep, at least for 1 night.

Then I had an idea. Just because I can’t go to Iceland shouldn’t mean someone else can’t take my place. The amount of times strangers have helped me out on my travels is phenomenal so I thought it was about time I ‘paid it forward’ so to speak.

I decided to offer my return flights to Iceland to a random stranger. For free. I first shared with my own Facebook friends and then advertised the tickers on Twitter. No takers.

With just 1 week to go I was under pressure, so I started posting in all the Facebook travel groups I am a member of such as ‘GirlCrew Trips and Travel’ and ‘Nomads – A Life of Cheap Travel’ groups. Many people thought the idea was cool and were super interested in the flights…but none of these people lived in Ireland!

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Then I thought, what the hell, I might as well post it on the Reddit Ireland. I simple said, “Does anyone want free flights to Iceland? There yours if you want them!” The reaction was pretty awesome and within a few hours I had found  guy who said he would take the flights off my hands. I honestly didn’t mind losing the money (around 150 euro as I had paid for 20kg of checked in baggage) as long as the flights didn’t go to waste.

However, it looked like all this energy might have been wasted. Suddenly EasyJet were demanding a 88 euro change-of-name fee, something I thought wasn’t applicable because I had booked with a debit card. I was wrong. After emailing back the guy for an hour, we finally made an agreement. We had come this far, it would be SUCH a shame to see the tickets wasted. I agreed to pay half of the name-change fee. 44 euros. What’s another 44 euro when you have already lost 150?! All done and dusted I felt pretty good and thought that was that.

My friends headed off to Iceland and started uploading the most stunning photographs. Jealous, or travel envy as I like to call it, overpowered my entire being for that week and I was honestly feeling quite depressed. Major FOMO.

Fast forward to last Friday, when I randomly clicked on to Reddit to see if anything interesting was going on, only to see the guy who had taken my ticket had posted. He posted over 30 stunning photographs of his trip to Iceland with his Girlfriend. I was scared to click the link, for fear I would be filled with travel envy yet again. I couldn’t resist, however, and must admit it made me feel all warm and fuzzy to see his pics and to see how awesome their trip was. Iceland looks absolutely stunning and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, I will make a trip there before the end of the year.

Instead of feeling jealous, I just felt overwhelmingly happy that someone else got to have such an incredible adventure. That’s what travel is all about at the end of the day. Sharing your experiences with others, filling people with wanderlust and encouraging others to make the leap and see what the world had to offer us.

I may not have made it to Iceland, but some other lucky duck sure did.

The Absolute Cheapest Flights On Skyscanner

Browsing Skyscanner is a hobby of mine, so much so that I will have to start adding it to my list of skills on LinkedIn and on my CV! I could easily spend 1 hour every night browsing through various flight deals, dreaming of exotic destinations.

Tonight, I have decided to share with you some of deals I have  found recently in a bid to encourage you to escape to the sun.

Whether your budget is 30 euro or 300 euro, be it a ski holiday, a hiking trip or a safari adventure in East Africa, here are some of the best flight deals I have found on Skyscanner this week, all for under 500 euro. Because you really should NEVER have to pay more than that for a flight. Go forth and book!

Let’s start with this: Below are all the places you can fly to this September for less than 50 euro. FIFTY EURO. Eat beans on toast for a week and skip the Friday night pints and next thing you know you could be eating Begian chocolate in Bruges or sampling dutch delights in Amsterdam. Such a bargain!

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Dublin – Paris. 50 euro.
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Dublin to Norway. 46 euro.

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Dublin to Prague. 66 euro.

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Dublin to Morocco. 78 euro.

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Dublin to Iceland. 160 euro.

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Dublin to Kenya. 357 euro

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Dublin to Tanzania. 357 euro.

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Dublin to Dubai. 340 euro.

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Dublin to India. 335 euro.

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Dublin to Canada. 363 euro.

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to Barbados. 488 euro.

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Air Asia Now Offering Flights For Free

As I promise to keep you all up-to-date on all things related to finding and booking cheap flights, I thought I would write a quick post about Air Asia’s big sale that just started. Essentially, they are giving away loads of flights for free! And if they’re not free, they are dirt cheap. For example, only 12 US dollars to fly from Kuala Lumpar to PERTH. That’s insane cheap. A lot of the routes are free, you just have to pay for airport tax.

Here are some examples of the routes you can fly to from Kuala Lumpar, so if you can find yourself a cheap flight there, you are sorted for your holidays next year!

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Their other website, Air Asia Go, whcih offers package holidays is also practically giving away holidays. They are offering a free seat on a flight within SE Asia plus 2 nights in a hotel for 40 dollars. Man, I wish I lived in SE Asia!!

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Let me know if you have come across any other great flight sales recently and happy traves! :-)

Ireland’s Top 14 Travel Bloggers

Apart from actually travelling, and writing about my adventures. one of my favourite things to do is to follow the exploits of other travel bloggers around the world. I have seen endless lists of ‘Top Travel Bloggers’ over the last few years written by both Irish and international print publications, and am always baffled why us Irish bloggers are always left out.

I guess there aren’t really a lot of travel bloggers that actually live in Ireland. While I know we like to jet off at any chance we get, I still think there is a huge gap in the market for great Irish travel bloggers. While there is now an annual Irish Blogger Conference and an annual Irish Beauty Blogger Awards,  there are no real opportunities to promote and highlight some of Ireland’s best travel writers. Until now.

I present to you, my list of 14 of Ireland’s best travel bloggers. These are people that will fill you with wanderlust, have you searching for flights abroad (or searching for staycations in Ireland) and will give you that bit of travel inspiration you are looking for.

14. Niall Doherty 

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Niall Doherty has every right to be top of this list. Doherty set off from Ireland on September 30, 2011 on a three and half-year trip around the world…without flying! He successfully completed this insane challenge  on May 16, 2015 having visited 37 countries along the way, crossing the Pacific Ocean on a cargo ship, and writing a book! He wrote and vlogged his way around the world so you can check out all his crazy adventure here.

Facebook: Disruping The Rabblement

YouTube: Disrupting The Rabblement

13. Fluent in 3 Months

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Benny Lewis, the ‘Irish Polyglot’ is the man behind ‘Fluent in 3 Months’ While the purpose of his site is mainly language learning, it came about after he consistently moved countries and continents every 3 months to prove to other that it’s possible be become fairly proficient in a totally new language and new culture in just 3 months. Benny is a full-time globe trotter, best-selling author, conference speaker and travel blogger. Oh, and he is fluent in no fewer than SEVEN languages.

Twitter: IrishPolyglot

Facebook: Fluent in 3 Months

YouTube: Fluent in 3 Months

12. Squidgy Moments

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Kathleen O Rourke is the lady behind Squidgy Moments, which is an award winning beauty and lifestyle blog. While she mainly writes about fashion, beauty and her adventures in weight loss, she is also an excellent travel writer. Her photographs from her travels would give anyone wanderlust and I love the way she helps you pack for your holiday listing beach essentials. The real bonus is her Travel Vlogs, which not only really capture the atmosphere of her vacation perfectly, but are also really well edited.

Twitter: SquidgeMundo

Facebook: Squidgy Moments 

11. Next Stop Who Knows 

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6 continents, 38 countries and over 706 days on the road, blogging couple Carlo and Florence must be two of Ireland’s most well-traveled bloggers! The pair left Ireland in 2013 with a one way ticket to Thailand and a plan to build an online business while travelling the world…and haven’t looked back since! Their site is a mixture of brilliant hotel, tour and gadget reviews, interviews with other travel bloggers, tales from their worldly adventures and detailed reports on how to make an income from exotic locations!

Twitter: nxtstopwhoknows

Facebook: Next Stop Who Knows

Instagram: Nxtstopwhoknows

10. THE GAP YEAR GURU

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 Jess Glynn, ‘The Gap Year Guru’, is one of the youngest people on this list. She runs The Gap Year Guru site with her Brazilian boyfriend Arua, and they are doing an incredible job with their newly revamped site. Jess also does Vlogs on her YouTube channel here and runs a very popular Instagram account here. While there has been an evident lack of posts lately, I have high aspirations for this traveling couple and believe the site is only going to get better and better. Watch this space. 

Twitter: TheGapYearGuru

Facebook: The Gay Year Guru

Instagram: Gap Year Guru

9. The Daily Self

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Nadia El Ferdaoussi is the writer behind ‘The Daily Self’, a mixture between food, beauty and travel. Nadia’s travel and beauty writing has been published in many Irish national newspapers and magazine and it’s not hard to see why. She takes photos that are sure to create wanderlust for any reader, with some particularly great shots taken with her GoPro Hero4 camera on a recent sailing trip to Turkey! She writes excellent packing lists for all her trips and I think her blog would be an excellent -go-to- site for your next beach vacay!

Twitter: nadia_dailyself

Instagram: nadia_dailyself

8. The Whole World Is A Playground

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 David and Elaine McArdle are the travelling couple behind ‘The Whole World is A Playground’, who have penchant for nice hotels and exotic locations. While most bloggers concentrate on budget travel and backpacking, these guys write about the high end stuff; flights, airport lunges, posh hotels and where to find the world’s best cocktail bars. This blog is such a great resource for anyone planning a trip to the world’s biggest cities like Hong Kong, New York, Kuala Lumpar or Dubai.

Twitter: thewholeworldis

Facebook: The Whole World Is A Playground

Instagram: The Whole World is A Playground

7Steven Sheehy

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Steven Sheehy is on this list for a number of reasons. First off, he is an incredible photographer and his aerial photography equipment (and photographs) are unreal. He is also, however, a fantastic travel blogger and has blogged about Ireland, New York, Dubai, Japan and many more exotic destinations. He also gives great tips for taking photos in Rio De Janeiro or snapping Christmas lights or beautiful winter scenes. One to watch!

Twitter: steveosheehy

Facebook: Steven Sheehy Photography

Instagram: Stevie_stagram

6. Vibrant Ireland 

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 Susan Fitzgerald is the woman behind ‘Vibrant Ireland’, an excellent travel blog dedicated mainly to travel within Ireland but also with a section about overseas travel to some great destinations in Europe. Let’s get back to Ireland though, because that is where this blog is in a class of it’s own. This blog is probably one the best sites to find informaion about your holiday in this lovely green isle, with posts aboout food, events, things to do, where to go and even gardens and plants of Ireland. Susan really is a wealth of information and writes beautifully. Her Instagram is also full of beautiful images and would make anyone want to book a flight to Ireland in seconds.

Twitter: VibrantIreland

Facebook: Vibrant Ireland

Instagram: Susan_VibrantIreland

5. Eat Like a Girl 

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Niamh Shields is probably one of the most well known bloggers on this list, although admiteddly for her writings about food rather than travel. Niamh’s blog, ‘Eat Like a Girl’ has made it on to every Top Blogger list in the UK over the last 5 years, and was even named as one of Britain’s 500 Most Influential People according to The Sunday Times. While I love her food blog, I think it’s the fact that she has essentially been eating her way around the world that I love so much more! With over 30 countries under her belt, including cruises in the Carribean, cooking with grandmothers in Italy, tasting coconut curry in Granada and experiencing shots of Sake in Japan, this girl sure knows how to give the rest if us a major case of itchy feet.

Twitter: eatlikeagirl

Facebook: Eat Like a Girl

4. Tuisligh

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Tuisligh, (an Irish word meaning ‘to trip up’) is a site written by Claire Ni Chanainn, a Cork lady who has been travelling the world for many years as a teacher and a volunteer. She tells some truly wonderful tales of her adventures in India (she has been over 6 times!) and also writes about lesser known destinations such as Kosovo and Bosnia. She also has great tips for people wanting to volunteer overseas and, in my opinion, seems like an excellent example of an ethical traveller. While the posts do seem a bit…out of order, it’s a great site none-the-less.

Twitter: Claire Ni Chanainn

3. Eat Sleep Chic

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Stephanie Buckley from Eat Sleep Chic, gives readers a great mix of fashion, beauty and travel posts. From family trips to Lanzarote and cruises in the Caribbean to tours around Ireland on board a tourist bus, Stephanie certainly offers a great variety of travel posts. She writes regular posts on ‘Things To Do in Ireland’ making her blog an excellent read for anyone planning a tri here but she also gives great trip reviews such as her guide to backpacking in Brazil, so the site is also great for us Irish in the planning stage of our next big backpacking trip. I especially loved her Game Of thrones post, be sure to check it out here.

Twitter: eatsleepchic

Facebook: eatsleepchic

2. The Travel Expert

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Sarah Slattery, ‘The Travel Expert’, has worked as a travel agent for over 24 years, and has travelled all over the world both as a solo traveller and with her husband and children. Sarah writes about a range of topics from top child-family holiday destinations, tips on when is the best time to book package holidays, tips for booking online as well as excellent destination guides. She also keeps her readers up to date with exclusive travel deals that she has found on a regular basis. A great site if you are planning your next package holiday or or just feeling a little wanderlust and want to get some travel ideas.

Twitter: TravelExpert

Facebook: The Travel Expert

1. The Life Of Stuff

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 Last, but certainly not least, is Edwina Elizabeth who writes a great series of travel posts on her site ‘The Life Of Stuff’. I especially love Edwina’s ‘Five Fabulous Reasons To Visit…’ series which details great reasons to visit various destinations from as close as Ireland and as far as India. Most of her posts are about various places in Ireland and this is by no means a bad thing. Her posts are so full of colour, and are accompanied by such great photographs, that reading them makes me want to explore my home country more and more. I mean, how could you NOT want to sail down the River Shannon after reading this post?!

Twitter: DLifeofStuff

Instagram: The Life of Stuff

Facebook: The Life of Stuff

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My Awesome Adventure To Tayto Park

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m 29 years old and the idea of going to Tayto Park last Saturday excited me to no end. Primarily because I’m the biggest fan of Tayto crisps in the world (no seriously, I just can’t get enough of them) and secondly because it is home to the  Chulainn, which is pretty much Ireland’s only roller coaster. Oh, and it also happens to be the biggest wooden roller coaster in Europe. Considering it only opened a week ago, I had every reason to be excited!

Honestly, I didn’t think there would be that much else to do at Tayto Park and I didn’t really care as I was only after one thing! From the moment we got off the bus (which was only 8 euro return – cheers Bus Eireann!),we were in for a pleasant surprise. The sun was shining, the queues were short and free Tayto crisps were to be found everywhere!

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They had some old school 90’s music such as Venga Boys and The Spice Girls playing at the entrance,a sure fire way to get people in a good mood. They gave some free crisp vouchers away with the entrance fee (15 euro per person) and within 10-15 minutes we were bee lining for the roller coaster. No messing around here.

I can’t really explain how awesome it was. It was SO much better than I imagined. Everything was so new, everyone was so excited, everything smelt like freshly painted varnish. The ride was way longer than we expected and it took us a good 5 minutes to calm down once it finished, with our adrenaline pumping like mad.

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There was so much stuff to do (yes, ever for a group of twenty-somethings) that we didn’t have time to stop for lunch. A bag of crisps, an ice-cream and a wonderful MAGICAL thing called Twisty Chips was all we had to keep us going all day, not that we cared too much. The price of the food was very fair, and we never felt like we were being ripped off.

Besides the roller coaster, we went on The Rotator (which was a sometimes terrifying ride that spins and swings you around and upside down in the air) the high ropes course (if you’re scared of heights…good luck!!) the 5D cinema (way better than expected – we loved the water and the bubbles) and did a quick tour of the Tayto Factory and accompanying Vortex Tunnels which freaked me out more than any other ride.

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There is also a playground for younger kids, an animal park (we loved all the unusual animals such as meerkats and the Ocelot), a zip line course and few other amusement rides. Sadly we ran out of time so could not do or see everything. It’s just another reason to go back again!

Further details:

Address: Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co. Meath

How to get there: Bus Eireann bus number 103 leaves from Bereford Place at 10am and 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cost: 15 euro entrance fee. You can buy tokens for the rides or pay 15 euro for an all day ride pass.

A Rocky Adventure From Kenya To Sudan

This post is an extract from my travel diary, which was written 9 years ago! The musings of a somewhat naive 20 year old backpacker, with big dreams of someday being a travel writer. Enjoy. :-)

Imagine a small cowboy town in northern Kenya, ten hours away from any form of civilization. The atmosphere of this outback town was ecstatic; Turkana tribesmen adorned in animal skins, and hundreds of coloured beads, herding their goats through the narrow dusty streets, the naked man sitting on the street corner. Children playing with old tires and with little toy cars made of used milk cartons while the old ‘gogos’ sit around cooking maize and gossiping with their friends. This entire scene is happening to the beat of booming Congolese tunes played on repeat by the local bad boys. This is Lodwar.

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Kerrie, Beth and I had been living here for nearly two months, surviving on goat and small rations of water. Everyday here was an adventure; we never knew what would be waiting for us around the next corner, when we would get our next shower or when and what would be our next meal.

Our crazy weekend away all started at a local disco on the Friday night. We hitched a lift into town on the back of a locals pick-up truck, shaky start to a shaky weekend. We arrived to the scene of 200 local boys breaking it down to Sean Paul and jamming to Bob Marley under the light of a full moon. Our arrival, three strange white girls, caused quite a stir.

Hours later after twisting and shaking to every song under the sun, chewing ‘miraa’ and tasting jungle juice we got talking to some guys dressed in camouflage. It turned out they were troops from the African army on their way to Sudan on a peace-keeping mission. We befriended them quicker then lightning with the intention of bumming a lift to Sudan. After much begging they obliged and told us to meet them at the local prison at 5am- very random!

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Our friend Teddy collected us at our little hut inside the missionary compound. To our dismay, he was still drunk so he let Kerrie take control of the taxi!! She flew the car down the bumpy desert road, right across the airstrip, narrowly avoiding a tree and zooming up the hill to the old jail. We’re lucky to still be alive! The guard on duty who had very little English must have thought we were 3 insane ‘mzungos’ when we ran inside and explained why we were there: “Hello we met the soldiers at the disco and they told us if we met them here at 5am they would bring us to Sudan”.

Our soldiers, however, were nowhere to be found. Our lack of sleep caught up on us and while waiting on a wooden bench inside the prison walls we conked only to awake an hour later to the sound of all the prisoners shouting at us and clanging their bars and all the local guards lining up with AK 47s in hand. Time to get out of here…

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We walked the three kilometres back into town as the sun was rising only to be met by a huge convoy of UN and Red Cross trucks. Suddenly a huge, white, gold tooth clad Moldovan trucker shouted over to us ‘Oi, White Ladies, truck! Now! Sudan! Go!’ so in we hopped without any hesitation and off we went in what was to become our huge Moldovan mobile disco – starting the most random morning of adventure in our personal histories. Our toothless, bald driver proceeded to complain about every thing he believed wrong about Africa, while he chugged back beer chucking the bottles out the window, while driving!! “In Africa, houses SO SMALL, In Russia, houses BIG, very big!”, he repeatedly told us.

Five hours and two breakdowns later (including one outside Kakuma refugee camp) and a headache from the booming Russian dance tunes, we arrived in Lokichoggio where we felt we had dived into the movie set of ‘The Constant Gardener’. After a long trek to the boarder posts in 40°C heat and further flirting with Immigration officials our luck ran out. It turns out it isn’t that easy to just go have lunch in a country thousands of people are fleeing daily. We spent the night drinking in Loki with all the aid workers and truck drivers who gave us Irish a run for our money.

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We had to hitch a lift home to Lodwar early Sunday as we had been invited for dinner with Father John and the Local Nuns. It made for a very conservative evening, in vast contrast with the weekend we had just experienced. We never did make it across the boarder but the journey trying to get there; the road to Sudan was one of the most exciting adventures I have EVER had and which I will never forget.

My Friend Niamh Geaney Just Found Her SECOND Twin Stranger

A little more than a month ago, my friend Niamh and two of her friends from Dublin City University set out to find their ‘Twin Strangers‘ – people who looked exactly like them but who they had never met or heard of before. The applications came flooding in, and within a few weeks Niamh met her first ‘Twin Stranger’ Karen Branigan, who also happened to be from Ireland!

The similarities between the two were so uncanny that the video of their first meeting instantly went Viral all over the world. What started with all of Niamh’s friends and family sharing her video on Facebook, quickly turned into a worldwide media frenzy with the likes of Buzzfeed, Mashable and even Sky News rushing to interview the two ‘twins’.

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Even big name celebrities all over the world such as Zooey Deschanel and Ashton Kutcher were blown away by the project.

Now, more than 1 month later, Niamh has only gone and found another twin stranger…a little further from home this time. She travelled the whole way to Italy to meet her second twin stranger, Luisa.

Niamh broke down crying after meeting Luisa’s mother and friend, totally overwhelmed by how similar this girl was to herself.

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I asked Niamh why she thinks she was so emotional before meeting Luisa and here’s what she had to say.

“I was chatting with Luisa’s friend of 24 years Andrea. He said something that just really hit me. He said that we had the same aura, the same presence. I couldn’t tell you why I got so emotional, it’s a bit unlike my character actually but I think maybe the expectation of meeting someone who first had the potential to be my Twin Stranger aesthetically-so, but secondly had the same energy or sense of being as me was a bit overwhelming in a beautiful kind of way. This world is truly incredible. I have learned so much about how we truly are connected on so many levels, not just looks. But when you can find the two – wow!”

So, what’s Niamh’s plan now? Does she plan to sit back and relax? Doesn’t look like it!

“They say we 7 doppelgangers in the world. I have found 2 and I am determined to find my 7! Could you imagine?! It has never been done. Since my search I have found 2 so I do think it’s definitely possible if one is committed enough to a search. It would be the most amazing thing, not to mention creepy, freaky, crazy to find all 7! A family of Niamh’s….”

Be sure to check out the Twin Strangers website and Facebook page, where you might even be able to find your own Twin Stranger! if you find a really could look-a-like, Niamh and Co might even help you track them down.

Sounds like a pretty cool adventure to me!

The Wild Atlantic Way in 15 Spectacular Photographs

Have you ever thought about renting a car or doing a bus tour down Ireland’s magical Wild Atlantic Way? If not, you really should as it is without doubt one of the most beautiful driving routes in the world.

No matter what type of landscapes you love, the Wild Atlantic Way delivers. Mountains, rivers, lakes, rugged cliffs, waterfalls and of course mile after mile of stunning coastline and deserted beaches!

Below are 10 photographs that beautifully sum up why Ireland is such a magical place.

If you would like to go an adventure road trip over the summer, be sure to join The Adventure Pack Dublin facebook group and find them on Twitter @theadvpack!

15. Dingle, Co. Kerry

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14. Inisheer, Aran Islands

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13. Baltimore, Co. Cork

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12. Dun Briste, Co Mayo

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11. Malin Head, Donegal

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10. Slieve League, Co Donegal

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9. Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo

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8. Achill Island, Co. Mayo

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7. Connemara, Co. Galway

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6. Croagh Patrick, Co. Mayo

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5. Strandhill, Co. Sligo

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4. Aileens Wave, Co. Clare

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3. Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

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2. Inch beach, Co Kerry

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1. Mizen Head, Co. Cork

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Note: This article first appeared on my sister site, The Adventure Pack.

My Favourite Meeting Place in Dublin

“What’s you favorite meeting place in Dublin?”

Meetingsbooker (a Dublin based startup that finds the best meeting rooms all over the world) recently asked me this question and it didn’t take me too long to come up with an answer. The truth is, whenever I agree to meet people in Dublin, it is nearly always as the same spot.

People are drawn to this magical meeting place for many reasons. It’s one of the best locations for people watching, there is always a lovely atmosphere both inside and outside, and it’s one of the few places in Dublin city center where you can have a proper conversation and hear yourself think thanks to the absence of TVs and loud music.

This unique meeting place is rich in history and is full of the most spirited and interesting characters in Dublin. It also turns out that I’m not the only person who likes to meet here. In 1972,  it became the favored meeting place for cutting-edge Irish writers of the time such as Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien, J.P. Donleavy and Liam O’Flaherty. 

Can you guess where I’m talking about? It’s a great little venue that displays new works of art on its hallowed walls, turning it’s cosy pub decor into an improv art gallery at times. It serves the best pints of Guinness in Dublin and by far the best ham and cheese toasties.

You must have guessed it by now…it has to be Grogans!

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