Author Archives: Saint Expedite

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at SaintExpedite@frozenheads.net

‘If the Sea Were Beer Instead of Salty Water / She Would Live and Die in Galway Bay’

My hotel is on the Dublin Road, some distance from the town center, which is annoying because the town center is the place to be in Galway. I can ride the bus into town or pay €10 for a taxi … Continue reading

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Strangers in the Night

John missed breakfast but turned up at the Killarney train station to see me off, wearing the same clothes from two nights ago, which are paint splattered as he’s working on opening a business catering to young tourists. He’s humming … Continue reading

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Pub crawling in Killarney

Killarney is a pretty little tourist town in the southwest of Ireland. My hotel is in the town center, which is packed with small shops, restaurants and boutique hotels. On my first night in town I meet young rugby-playing raconteur … Continue reading

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Cork

On the train to Cork I sat with a retired businessman , Noel, who lost his sight seven months ago. He was travelling to the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind training center in Cork for training in how to … Continue reading

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Blame the Catholics

Reading the Irish Independent newspaper on the train from Dublin to Cork I came across an editorial by Mary Kenny captioned “Old Protestant virtues can help us through this economic crisis.” Her opening point is that successful businesses in Ireland … Continue reading

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Howth via DART

Howth (the name rhymes with oat) lies on the sea at the end of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit route. I have gotten weary of cities and museums and the weather is so good that I wanted to spend it … Continue reading

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