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Explore Connemara in Connacht

View from Clonbur, County Mayo The Cultural region of Connemara in the province of Connacht in Western Ireland, is a must visit location for the cultural traveller and outdoorsman. In Gaelic, Connemara means ‘Inlets of the sea.’ The prolific Irish Poet Oscar Wilde, described Connemara as a ‘savage beauty.’ There is something indeed wild and … Continue reading Explore Connemara in Connacht

Explore The Aran Islands

In the province of Connacht in Western Ireland, lie the Aran Islands in the mouth of Galway bay. These islands have a myth inspiring, rugid and purely North Atlantic landscape with a population spread across three isles of about 1200. A good portion of the people speak Gaelic. Essentials Called “The islands of Saints and … Continue reading Explore The Aran Islands

The Lights of Luang Prabang

Near the top of Phousi Hill in Downtown Luang Prabang At the hostel in Kunming, while laying on a bunk in a cramped dorm room full of Frenchman, I closed my eyes and earnestly tried to catch some rest. When I finally rolled off, I fell into a vivid dream. It was a very Midwestern … Continue reading The Lights of Luang Prabang

A Night Out In Galway

“You'll be back." Jack said. "What makes you say that?" He put his hand on his chest and said, "I know you, same heart." Jack waived goodbye and left O'Connor's Pub in the Salthill neighborhood of Galway. Taking another swig from my second pint of Guinness of the night, I pondered his words, "Same heart...." … Continue reading A Night Out In Galway

County Kerry; Ireland’s Outdoor Paradise

Ireland is much more well known for its Guinness and global cultural influence than it is for its outdoor scene. Sure, most everyone is familiar with its rolling green countryside that’s full of ancient castles and stone walls, but adventure? Most adrenaline junkies, mountaineers and hikers look elsewhere to get their fix. This is a … Continue reading County Kerry; Ireland’s Outdoor Paradise

Analysis of Sinn Fein’s Victory in The 2020 Irish Election

In what will probably be the top story in Irish politics this year, Sinn Fein, the oldest and most controversial political party in Ireland, scored an enormous upset in the 2020 general election, winning 37 of the 160 seats in the Irish Dail (the Irish house of representatives). The results sent shockwaves across Ireland and … Continue reading Analysis of Sinn Fein’s Victory in The 2020 Irish Election

Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca

In the early twenty-first century, it goes without saying that the English language holds the title of Lingua Franca on Planet Earth. It is the language of international diplomacy, business, science and broader culture. Lingua Franca, is a latin term that more or less means, global language. It first came into use during the era … Continue reading Exploring The English Language; The Lingua Franca

Exploring “Stranger in The Village of The Sick”

"Time and experience have taught me that everyone, especially cancer patients, can benefit from the world of sorcery." -Paul Stoller, Anthropologist It is well understood that being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating prognosis. However, given the uncomfortable realities associated with the illness, the topic remains for most, something that is out of sight, out … Continue reading Exploring “Stranger in The Village of The Sick”

The Rape of Nanking

Via Amazon For many of us in The West, The Second World War is marked with the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany in the European Theatre of war. The attempted Genocide of European Jews, the massacre of Gipsi's, Slavs, Political dissidents and others, the events that unfolded in Europe during the mid twentieth century, have … Continue reading The Rape of Nanking