Monday, July 28, 2014

Travelogue: County Kerry, Ireland

I've been looking through old photos and thought it would be fun to share a few travelogues from previous trips! First up, a few photos from County Kerry, Ireland. In 2012, I studied abroad for a semester in Cork, Ireland. These photos are from a hiking trip with the UCC Mountaineering Club. This was the only hike I went on with the club and it was quite strenuous (at least for me, maybe not for a real mountaineer). The views were 100% worth it though, I would've liked to have tried another hike but I was either exhausted or traveling most weekends during my study abroad. The "hill" we climbed was called Boughil (I would've considered it a small mountain, at least, but everyone referred to it as a hill) 

We took a bus to County Kerry from Cork, parked on the side of the road and walked along the road to the bottom of Boughil.

Then, we began our hike up and over the mountain. 

The incline was steep and there was no path to follow.

 When we finally reached the top it was foggy.

...But the view was still spectacular!

We were even treated to a (faint) rainbow in the valley below

This photo serves as a reminder to wear your hair in a ponytail when hiking mountains in windy, rainy, foggy, and otherwise terrible weather conditions.

After lunch we began our descent, which included hopping streams and walking through brush higher than my waist. 100% of people fell down at least once.

...And, there were sheep!

We ended the day cold, tired, and covered in mud. It was such a beautiful experience, though, and I would definitely do it again (although maybe get in better shape beforehand). There are other ways to tour this gorgeous area of Ireland if hiking isn't possible or just isn't your style. Many people drive themselves or take a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry. There are also plenty of cute Bed & Breakfasts to stay in along the way!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Something about Summer

When I think of summer, I think of thunderstorms rolling in and out quickly (like the one above), s'mores by a campfire, staying up late, and doing everything outside (eating meals, catching an outdoor movie...maybe even sleeping).

What reminds you of summer? 

This photo series is such a perfect representation of summer in the city. I love that the aerial shots give a unique perspective of everyday summer activities. I especially love the shadows of the cyclists as seen from above. And the tiny golf balls scattered across the driving range! 

As we're approaching August, we've reached the point in summer where I get a little sick of it all- the heat, the humidity, the mosquitoes (ugh). These photos made me smile, though, and remember all the things I love about the season! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fire Island

Last week we took a day trip to Ocean Beach on Fire Island and it was beautiful! It was my first time on Fire Island and I already want to go back. The downside: The water was freezing! I'm used to North Carolina water. After my body went numb though, it was fine!

For those not familiar with Fire Island, it's an island off the coast of Long Island, filled with cute little beach towns. No cars are allowed so you have to take a ferry to get to it. ($17 round-trip) 

The walk to the beach from the ferry was so pretty- lined with trees and beach houses.

If you stay overnight, it's likely the hotel or house will have a wagon and a bikes to use for transporting you're stuff to and from the beach. 

The beach looks packed in this photo, but it didn't feel overwhelmingly crowded.

I don't think this accurately represents how huge the waves were. It was actually a little bit scary! I was getting knocked around by them. Luckily, the lifeguards on duty were standing in the water, which made it feel much safer. 

I'm not sure where the random suitcase came from, just focus on the adorable beach shops.

I loved all the bikes! Especially this one, with a little chair on the front. 

On the ferry ride back we passed by so many gorgeous homes! I loved this one!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Central Park + Wildlife Sighting

Central Park really is all it's cracked up to be. This weekend was sunny and breezy and perfect for outdoor activities. We spent some time just hanging out in Central Park (near the Great Lawn) and it was beautiful! We didn't even bring any games or books (although that would have been nice! we kind of wished we had a frisbee). Instead, we just sat in the grass and chatted. 

We walked by this mini concert, it sounded great!
There was even a wildlife sighting! The lighting was terrible for photos but this hawk garnered quite the crowd. There were at least 20 people standing at the bottom of the tree.

Also, I tried the wafels and dinges cart for the first time...a bit pricey, but delicious!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bottomless Brunch

Bottomless brunch has now become my favorite food-related activity in NYC. It's fantastic! We decided to partake in the boozy tradition on Sunday. Great food for $16 + 2 free drinks + extra $5 for endless mimosas or bloody marys (for 2 hours) + outdoor seating on a beautiful day!

Poached eggs on foccacia with prosciutto and hollandaise 
Poached eggs with polenta and italian sausage
Omelet with spinach, onions, and ricotta cheese
French Toast made with homemade foccacia bread.
I almost don't even want to mention the place for fear it will become overcrowded but...Three of Cups. East Village. Amazing.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Google Street View Museum Selfies

The Camera in the Mirror/Google
Remember this post about the awesome Google street view feature that allows you to virtually stroll around the inside of museums? While the otherworldly cameras/robots that take the photos have been accidentally snapping selfies along the way. Since museums tend to be filled with mirrors, we get to see what the cameras look like- hanging out in an otherwise empty museum. It's simultaneously hilarious and a little creepy. I feel like if these camera-robots could talk they would sound like the daleks from Doctor Who. Check out The Camera in the Mirror tumblr to see more. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby Bird Imposters

I have no idea what kind of baby bird this was, but it was fluffy and cute. Also I've never seen the resemblance between dinosaurs and birds until now...look at that face!
This is just fascinating. My jaw dropped while reading the article. I'm not really surprised that animals have some sort of "names" for each other...but a family song? Mama birds teaching baby birds something before they hatch? Conniving birds of a different species? Nature is so intriguing.