St Patrick’s Day Abroad

This is my 3rd year in a row being outside of Ireland for St Patrick’s Day, by far my favorite holiday of the year. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, New years…all fun but Paddy’s day beats them all hands down!

It is just pure and utter madness. 

At first I was quite sad to be away from home, away from all the fun and frolics, the parade, the drinking, the green, the singing, the ceili street dancing and the whole run up to our national day of pride…but after spending it abroad for the last few years, I really appreciate the diverse ways people celebrate all things Irish the world over!

In 2010, I spent Paddy’s Day in Melbourne. It was about 30’c, sun shining and every Irish, half Irish or wannabe Irish person was to be found in any number of Melbourne’s Irish bars…from as early as 8 O Clock in the morning. Well, that’s what time Vera and I started at and there were already some guys on their second pint.It was a pretty awesome day, spent with some Irish friends and many couchsurfers from around the world. We did an epic, day-long pub crawl through out the city planting shamrocks on strangers and jumping on random buses in an attempt to face paint the poor driver. AS it was not half as crowded or chaotic as any Irish city, getting around, ordering drinks, getting food and not being ripped off were all easily accomplished.

St Patricks Day 2010, Melbourne, Australia

Sun is shining, drinks are flowing!

Lat year, 2011, I spent Paddy’s day in South Korea…worlds away from both Ireland and Australia! As it fell on a week day, an all day drinking session was definitely out of the question! However, I did have an awesome day decorating my classroom with the irish colours and teaching my students all about St Patrick which was a welcome break from intensive grammar and spelling tests! That night I met some American friends for some DakGalbi (spicy chicken and rice cake dish). One of my friends was called ‘Jameson’, like the Irish whiskey so that was about the closest thing to ‘Irishness’ I encountered that day. It may not have been the normal St Patrick’s Day, but then again you should know by now… I strive for anything but normal!

My beautiful students in South Korea

Dak Galbi and a Beer with Laurel!

Now I can’t wait to see what fun is in store for me in The Netherlands!

I guess it doesn’t matter where you are…it matters who you’re with! :D

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Guest Post: Love sick or Puppy Love

Guest post written by my friend Kieran from The Long Acre Blog! :)
 
So, of recent weeks, a change has come over me. A change we can believe in? Perhaps!
 
Was i hungry? No. Tired? No. You been eating too much sugar again, kid? No, no, but maybe yes and no…
 
Could you call it love? Hmm, getting warm maybe… Because that’s almost certainly what it felt like, to me anyways. Let me explain.
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Visiting the set of Neighbours in Melbourne

On one of my last days in Melbourne before jetting off to New Zealand to meet my parents, Vera and I decided to drive to Pine Oak Coart AKA Ramsay St from the popular Aussi soap “Neighbours”. Excitement does not begin to descibe how I was feeling…I was pretty much ecstatic about finally getting to see the set of neighbours, to see where all the action takes place, where nasty Paul Robinson lives, and maybe even get a peak at some of the hotties. I’m sad like that.

It took us nearly an hour to get there form the city which was the first Bummer. We were half expecting to come across these busy street filled with cameras and lots of tourists taking pictures. What we found was a quiet leafy suburb with no sign what-so-ever that a world famous Soap is filmed here. There were no other tourists, no information signs and if I hadn’t known the street name in real life we would never have found it.

None-the-less I still got my picture outside the infamour Ramsay house. Happy Days.

 

I could SO be an extra…the next Donna?!

 

The real Ramsay street

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St Patrick comes to Melbourne

St Patricks Day, the nations favourite holiday, and a worldwide celebration of all things Irish. Leprechanuns, Irish dancing, Riverdance, Shamrocks and all things green. Oh and did I mention drinking? Lots and lots of drinking. Guinness, Bulmers, pints, shots, pub crawls, drinking marathons…all in a days work. In Ireland you can expect a day for all the family including a huge parade in all the main cities. In Melbourne I didn’t really know what to expect, but I knew we would make our own fun regardless.

Waiting for the tram circa 9am!!First Pints of the day

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