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A Small Town in Ireland

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Hey friends,

For the past week I have been residing in a small town in Ireland called Clonakilty. So far it is a wonderful, small town with lots to do. There are about 12 pubs, three of which I frequent often, several quaint shops, two churches, a weekly market and great views of the sea. The city is a melting pot for live music in which a music session happens nightly in at least one of the pubs. So far my favourite music experience is the Irish Traditional session which happens in a cozy bar called De Barra every Monday night. Some classics are ‘The Northwest Passage’, ‘Rolling down to old Maui’  and instrumental jigs. Needless to say it’s a relaxing evening sitting with a fresh pint next to the warm fire.

IMG_6773          De Barra

 

The locals are a pleasure as well. They are kind, generous and sociable, and always eager to strike up conversations with my partner and I once they hear our lack of an accent. So far we have had drinks bought for us, we have been invited to spend a night at a couple’s home in a small fishing village nearby and have met other lovely travellers who we are looking forward to meeting in the future. I can’t explain with words how their warmth and friendliness has made us feel. We have been welcomed and feel a part of this town already. We are very much enjoying every minute of our experience here. This is a much different feeling than how we felt two years ago in Nice, France, but I digress.

If you ever get a chance to visit Ireland, you absolutely should! Don’t forget to check out small towns as well, Kilkenny was also great!

Safe travels,

Little Red

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My Sunday in Barcelona

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Last week I visited Barcelona for 5 nights. I tried every food dish I wanted to try, such as:

Tapas- Some of the best were: patatas bravas (which are fried potatoes with a spicy sauce) and fried cod balls (which are a mixture of salt cod mixed with a doughnut batter).

This is a display of tapas which is in almost every restaurant or bar. However, the dishes vary from place to place.

Cod fritters from La Boqueria Market. Yum!

Pan con Tomate- This is toasted white bread that you drizzle with oil, then rub with raw garlic and tomato. This was such a simple dish with so much flavour! I will definitely continue to do this back home.

Such a delicious yet simple appetizer or snack. Just be careful because the raw garlic packs a lot of punch!

 

Ceviche – Because before I went I crazily thought there would be lots of Mexican food (but we did manage to find a great Mexican restaurant, I also had some great Nachos)

Sangria – which was tasty a refreshing!

Surprisingly, I ate less than I normally do, simply because of later eating times and the tapas seemed to fill me up.

We took in lots of sights and scenery; I’m pretty sure we walked the majority of the city. We visited the beaches, Guell Park, Arc of Triumph, La Boqueria and more.

Park Guell

Arc of Triumph

                                

However, my favorite day was Sunday, our last full day. My boyfriend and I started out at a small, local restaurant where we had pan con tomate as well as fried anchovies.

Then we visited the breathtaking Sagarada Familia Cathedral. The interior is just as impressive as the entire exterior and this is a must see if you find yourself in Barcelona.

We then wandered for miles and found our way to La Rambla district where we went to London Bar, a bar that has been open since 1910 and used to be frequented by the likes of Dali, Picasso and Hemingway. The décor has been kept the same, which gives a relaxed glamour to the place. It also serves as a venue, where we heard singers take part in an open mic night.

Then on our adventure home we stumbled upon a market at night near the Arc of Triumph. There were amazing craft and clothing vendors along with food and drink vendors. This is when I realized we only had 10 euro left.

We browsed the crafts, knowing we could not possibly afford anything, before heading for the food and beer. Our first purchase was 1 light organic beer and another dark beer at 2 euro a pop. We then jetted across the street to buy a 1.5 litre beer at the convenience store for 1.50 euro….much cheaper. When we returned to the market, large beer in tow we got a lamb shwarma for 3 euro. At closing I bargained with a vendor using my last 1.50 euro to buy a chicken taco with the greenest, freshest guacamole money can buy. It may have been my best euro fifty spent.

  

We ate and drank on some grass while listening to the live bongo circle that had formed.

After this, we headed home.

I truly fell in love with Barcelona this day.