Archive | May, 2011

me llaman ‘calle’

30 May

saw this movie (‘princesas’)about a year ago, very worth seeing and with subtitles if your spanish isn’t too hot…

beautiful. harrowing. hard to watch. but absolutely worth it if you can get your hands on it.

‘hoy no somos putas, hoy somos princesas’

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guilty

30 May

travelling on a shoe string? what’s in my bag…

30 May

so i’m in a situation that means i have to kind of stick around at home with family for the foreseeable…leaving me plenty of time to ponder where i want to go to next on my travels…AND as a huge ‘to-do’ list fiend, packing, pre-packing, packing take#2 and unpacking, are all of my favourite things…so here’s some help if you’re not as weird as me. please note that this list is for trips to areas such as south america, thailand, australia etc… they do not include trips to extreme altitude/skiing, watersports with large equipment etc…although note that in countries like costa rica/ mexico and other areas known for watersports like surfing, it’s possible to rent top quality equipment on site and avoid huge travel costs and lugging around large bags.

passport– don’t be silly. at least 6 months in advance prepare all necessary visas/paperwork, especially if you are going long haul and travelling in between countries every few days/weeks. you don’t want to be stuck at a border with no food and no accommodation close-by after dark. and goes without saying, passport needs to be in date with over 6 months left on it’s validity for certain regions.

small daypack– this is a life saver, particularly on long bus journeys, perfect for carrying your water, passport, camera, snacks, toilet-roll(!), phrase book, wallet, any personal medication, book/ipod/etc… Be careful to divide up your money in different places (wallet, pocket, other pockey, day pack..)so, worse-case scenario, you have a fallback if you or your travel buddy get mugged.

mini first-aid kit-plasters/bandages, small bottle of disinfectant, mini scissors, suncream, sudocrem, bonjela, painkillers, after-sun, tweezers-these are a life saver for some reason!!- ‘traveller tummy’ tablets, bug spray/coils, malaria tablets-brand and strength varies on region- tampax for the ladies, condoms for both, talcum powder, anti-histamines, altitude sickness/motion sickness tablets. (try to divide this bag between you and your travel buddy)

clothestry not to pack too much. depending on your chosen activities, you’ll need layers/beach gear/wet gear/hiking gear etc… but if you are travelling for a full year bear in mind you might need to let go of those heavy hiking boots if you plan to stay put in oz for more than a few months..i’m 27 and female and if i was jetting off now for two months, i would bring: 2 bikinis, pareo for the sand, beach cover-up/pashmina(can double up as cover-up for visiting mosques/temples), 2 pairs shorts/skirts, long skirt, warm hoody, cardigan, about five vests/t.shirts, 2 cotton long sleeves, one or two brightly coloured pairs of earrings/necklaces to dress up for going out, trainers/comfy shoes, flip-flops for beach/day time, nicer pair of sandals for going out/evening, jeans, leggings, and undies.

flip-flops– yes i already mentioned this above, but what flip flops you choose can determine what kind of state your poor feet are in after a long day at the beach or strolling around a city.. take my advice and only buy havaianas, the originals, i’ve gotten about 6 months travelling, wearing them each day, from brazil to mexico. pay a little more and trust me, it’s more than worth it.

 

camera– this is an obvious one, but i think some people feel  like they should have invested a little more to capture their memories for friends and family back home. word of advice is to also pack c.d’s or dvd’s (or online storage) and copy your photos onto these and send them home as you go along, that way, even if your camera ends up in the water at your full-moon party, you still have the evidence of a great time prior to all of the waterworks. you may never see these places again in your life-time so grab that moment in time with a fabulous shot you’ll have forever.

pens/journal/phone numbers/email addresses back home- this is invaluable. remember that not everyone travels with a mobile phone or iphone etc..some people actually want to get away from it all, and try and keep in touch via email whenever they get to a cyber-cafe. your little travel book can be filled with nice messages, receipts of day trips, photos from photo booths, letters from new friends and so on. this is just wonderful to have and look back at years later, and everything from the trip comes flooding back with each page turn.

 

 

being little me.

29 May

too early to get up because santy might see if i sneak downstairs too soon to open everything

calling teacher ‘mum’

first proper kiss. just get it over and done with.

holding clammy hands.

bath. then bed.

lunch boxes. mini cartons of juice.

all grownups tell the truth.

soooo?? perfume. bodyshop dewberry.

friday spelling tests.

eyebrows. tweezed. plucked. too much.

teddies. everywhere.

20 is really really really really old.

free toys with cereal. but don’t eat the cereal.

99 red balloons on dad’s old record player.

peas. but only from a tin.

ballet. karate. piano. football. horse riding. gymnastics. swimming. speech and drama. irish dancing.

time goes so so slowly.

gossip. gossip. gossip.

saturday morning telly.

walk like an egyptian.

fake i’d’s

when you can’t sleep because it’s your birthday and your whole class is coming and you wiggle and wriggle and you’re too hot to sleep and the butterflies are keeping you awake and then you feel sick and then you have a toothache and then it’s your birthday and someone always falls and cries and someone eats too much and feels sick, and someone cries because they were the last one left out in dodgeball.

recipe #3 birthday brownies for siobhan and laura

28 May

need:

300 g caster sugar

130g plain flour

200g dark chocolate

handful of chopped pecans

handful of chocolate chips

2 spoons of nutella

3 eggs-medium

175g butter

 

make:

preheat oven to 170 celcius

melt together the chocolate and butter and smooth the mixture nicely

add the sugar, then flour, then eggs and mix until smooth

pour mixture onto the baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

oven for about 30 minutes, but don’t let the edges get too crispy

you are looking for a flaky edge and a gooey inside

sprinkle with some icing sugar and a few chopped pecans and serve with a little cream

 

a nice day in dublin. stills taken in feb 2011.

28 May


 

 

 

 

what’s in a bag?

26 May

anyone who knows me well knows i have a soft spot for bags, leather bags in particular. today, i’m attempting to override the awful irish changeable weather with a delightfully happy blue bag, a gift from my boyfriend in barcelona. it’s soft, bright blue oilcloth with a tan leather strap and  it was love at first sight.

i think that most irish girls have a similar collection of loveable junk carried with them at all times, like myself, just in case

what’s in my bag today?

battered copy of ‘come, reza, ama,’ or in english ‘eat, pray, love’, don’t know what’s wrong, it or me…but i just can’t get into it, teeny green ipod shuffle, small card wallet with about 50 quid in notes, about 10 quid in coins, travel card, umbrella, two pairs of sunglasses(!), an umbrella, ‘liz earle’ handcream, 2 x ‘to-do’ lists-both still ‘to-do’, hairclips, two hair bobbins, lipbalm, tiny sample of ‘roche posay’ factor 50 suncream, a foldaway shopping bag and a shopping list.

cheer-me-up stills from my brother’s wedding

26 May


today’s mid morning ear candy

26 May

recipe #2 homemade iced-tea

26 May

need:

2 lemons

sugar to taste

3/4 teabags-strong black tea

make:                                                  

fill a large pitcher/teapot with boiling water and teabags.add a little sugar and  leave to cool. when cooled, remove the teabags and add lemons. add more sugar to taste.  serve with a slice of fresh lemon. voila. perfect. summer. drink.