the irish quail, the feral goat, and the sheepie sheep

23Apr09

last sunday, these three animals embarked on a journey to the irish countryside.  yearning to bust out of dublin, we lapped up a delicious irish breakfast [complete with black pudding] and were quickly on our way towards the glacial valley of Glendalough.

andrew, roger, and i had an unfair share of obstacles earlier in the weekend — including a roguish debit-card-chomping ATM machine, an 8am mariah carey hostel crisis, and a wandering australian named ben elliot.  but after playing among the rolling green hills like our adopted animal namesakes, gulping the (hopefully) pristine babbling brook water, and one ice cream cone with chocolate flake, these worries were all but forgotten.

andrew leads the pack

andrew leads the pack on our 10 km loop

every old city has a roundtwoer...

every old civilization seems to have a roundtower… Glendalough was once a monastery, and now the gravestones sit all angley and look as if some of the dead became chummy friends and some didnt

finally!  guide description: 'you might be able to catch a glimpse of feral goats on the miner's trail....'

guide description: 'you might be able to catch a glimpse of feral goats on the miner's trail....'

roger looks

roger looks

the spire, which i don't think serves any real purpose other than 'being the tallest sculpture in the world.'  not even a monument

back in dublin city - the spire, which does not serve any real purpose other than 'being the tallest sculpture in the world.' it claims to be a symbol for urban revitalization. yet it's not even a monument saluting some profound historical achievement, but a seemingly blank icon, erected solely for the purpose of being an icon. successful dublin branding? donno...

one of my favorite parts of dublin, though, is the palette of bridges that span the river liffey.  each one is different, and makes for exciting 'just around the riverbend!' thoughts.

ben and i have a pensive moment on one of my favorite parts of dublin: the palette of bridges that span the river liffey. each one is different, and makes for exciting 'just around the riverbend!' singsongy thoughts.

to me, dublin had its fine points (fiercely exciting historical stories, a few nice greens spaces, guinness, the best live street music i’ve ever heard), but it also had distinct sour spots (a river so polluted i could not see my reflection in it, temple bar’s uncanny likeness to an american frat party, heroin junkies sprawled on every other bench, a building color scheme of blacks and browns).  overall, it just couldn’t hold a candle to copenhagen’s charm.

it’s been quite exhilarating to be flying off to a new city every weekend, but a part of me just wants to stay put in copenhagen now.  with the lovely sun and my lovely bike, and with only three weeks left to this danish shebang of a semester, my desire to be continually jetsettery has waned some.

but!

not before Design Week at the Salone Internazionale in Milan this weekend =)



4 Responses to “the irish quail, the feral goat, and the sheepie sheep”

  1. Yea I’ve heard there really wasn’t much in Ireland – as your explanation semi-proves.

    Again, jealous that you’ll be in Milan for Design Week!

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  3. i dont think you’ll like milan. its very much like an american city. err relatively.

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