Over the past couple of weeks we’ve gone from Ireland to Spain to ultimately settle in Romania which will be our home for April-May of 2018. I’d been curious in Romania for some time. In 2000 when I wandered around Europe, Tara, with whom I was travelling wanted to go to Transylvania. We called my brother from another mother, Wiktor, in Poland. He thought, since we were two, young, mostly monolingual Americans (I think Tara spoke some French) without the knowledege of who to bribe and when, that we might be better off wandering to Croatia where he could link us up with some friends of his. This time around Rachel and I have done a fair amount of travelling and Romania has changed, a lot, in the past 20 years but more on that later, now back to Ireland.

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Slieve League

We’ve had a couple nice days recently so we ventured out for some hikes. On Tuesday we wandered to Slieve League on the North Western coast of Ireland and on Wednesday to Slieve Bearnagh in the North East. In both cases we started on an adventure, not where we expected to be. Signage and/or google maps is sometimes not pointing in the right direction or not as evident as one would hope to stay on the path you expect to be.

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I first wandered to Prague in 1998. It was my first international trip. My friend, Trisha, was going to Europe with her sister, Tara, and were going to visit our mutual friend and my Polish host brother, Wiktor. Contrary to my insisting it wasn’t possible, Trisha convinced me I was going. I happen to have large feet. This was helpful because how the hell was a poor college student like myself at that time going to muster the money to make it happen.

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Tony Schmidt

I do stuff and sometimes write about them (ideally in that order)


County Meath, Ireland