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Interlaken

Sunday we got a late start, but Ronny was nice enough to drive us to Interlaken. The weather cleared up in the afternoon and we had a great time walking around and window shopping. The hostel, as I said, was an American meat market, where a couple of pretty talented musicians (an Australian guitarist/vocalist and [...]

Môtiers

We’re in a hostel in Interlaken called Balmer’s – some ridiculous 170-bed hangout where the girl at the front desk doesn’t speak German and the shuttle you from one of their three bars to the next at precise times with the promise of 2-for-1 drinks. Not my kind of place, but it’s about the best [...]

Bern

After three days of nearly non-stop traveling, I’m beat. (Side note: the trains in Switzerland are so good that you can write while riding one.) Which brings me to my rant about public transportation in Ireland, whereby your average speed on a straight line across the country is not much better than you could do [...]

Doolin

Ireland is ancient and beautiful and immense and the light switches go the other way. Galway turned out to be something of a college town, and Saturday night we tripped the light fantastic, Irish style. The interesting part is that the pubs closed early (at least by our standards) and we kept having to move [...]

Galway

Yuri and I are sitting in a restaurant in Galway, having gotten my fish and chips craving under control. Yesterday we hit up the Jameson distillery in Dublin, which sounded like a bust at €8, until we got selected as whiskey tasters. The Germans who were with us pretty much became physically ill at the [...]

Dublin

Some thoughts on Dublin:

They drive on the left – no, really. This is easy to think about in the abstract, then you get here and keep stepping off curbs, or “kerbs”, looking left.

There are no street signs. This is not literally true, but most corners don’t have them and when they do they’re [...]

Profiling

In the UK less than an hour and already something worth writing home about, as it were. I’m sitting in the airport bar, having a coffee, and I notice a vaguely “ethnic-looking” chap hanging out at the bar – not eating or drinking, just standing there. He’s wearing a suit, no tie, and isn’t otherwise [...]

Europe Bound

I graduate Saturday and then leave for Europe Tuesday. The plan for now is to explore Ireland for about a week, hang out in Bern for a couple days, and then play it by ear. Yuri and I are meeting up in Dublin, so good times are assured.

I’ll check my email periodically, and maybe [...]