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Back in March I went to North Carolina for a conference and gave a talk, and following that I got invited to talk at a conference in Nancy.  They offered to pay my expenses while I was there and provide money towards the travel (and it looks good on my CV!) so I’ve just got […]

British Museum and Sound of Music

As part of the birthday/anniversary celebrations, Mum and Dad got tickets to go and see the Sound of Music on the West End.  They bought tickets for me and Rob as well and for our grandparents (Dad’s side), and we arranged that we’d all meet in London at the Dorchester for Afternoon Tea today.  My grandparents live in […]

Budapest – day 2

Woke up this morning to the glorious view across Fisherman’s Bastion and over the Danube, and had a leisurely breakfast in the Executive lounge – I could so get used to this.  We then checked out of the hotel, leaving our bags there while we went for a mooch around Várhegy, following the walking routes […]

Budapest – day 1

Got up at 5 o’clock this morning – having not had any sleep the night before.  I was up too late packing, and then couldn’t sleep through a combination of excitement and panic that I was going to oversleep and miss yet another plane.  Mum and Dad phoned me from the airport to make sure […]


The wind is howling, the rain is lashing down, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for better weather as I get on a plane early tomorrow to fly to London on route to Budapest. I bought a lovely new suitcase today, with lots of room for goodies on the way back, and I’m really looking […]

Various bits…

I flew back to Galway yesterday, via Leeds Bradford airport. I’m not sure what I think of it – it’s very convenient for me at the Galway end, but the Leeds end is not that easy to find or get to. Even having travelled the route on Friday, we still managed to go wrong again […]


So I was back in the UK this weekend, as I had a meeting in London on Saturday. In order to make my flight on Friday I had to leave Galway at 9.30 a.m., and as I had some things to sort out at work before I left I was intending to get up at […]


I was due to fly back into Galway on Monday, but due to a horrible, horrible cold I ended up staying home until yesterday to give me a chance to recover. The journey back went fine, right up until I was a few miles outside Galway when one of my front tyres gave up the […]


It’s another gorgeous, gorgeous day, which again means that work is half empty! I can’t comment though, as I arrived a bit late myself 😀 In honour of the sunshine, I’ve put up a more cheerful layout. I head back to the UK tomorrow, so that I can borrow Mum’s car and drive all the […]

Irish Danny

So my car (aka Danny) is now officially Irish – numberplates and everything. I felt a bit sentimental as they took the old plates off, and have kept them to put up on my wall 😥 The trips were all fantastic, and I’ve come back shattered (but happy!), and am currently cooking an enormous porkolt […]


Got up at 3.15 a.m. this morning! I was meeting the others in the centre of Galway to catch the 4.30 a.m. coach to Shannon airport, ready for our flight to Dusseldorf. The journey passed without incident – except for a lot of yawning! – until we landed. Then we discovered our flights had been […]

Catching up

The Christmas Market at Patchings went very well, and I had a great time. We had tons of people coming round, but although they were spending we all noticed that the money was only really coming out for the small items, and very few larger, more expensive items were sold. Small things all add up […]


Today I woke up to blazing sunshine at my place in Knocknacarra, but by the time I got to work (15 minutes drive away) I was travelling through thick fog. I quite like fog, and it’s very surreal sitting in the office on the 2nd floor and feeling like we’re floating as when I look […]

Pictures from Dublin

Dad’s sent me the pictures he took during their trip to bring me my worldly goods. As they drove through Dublin on Friday, the traffic was going slowly enough that he got the chance to hop in and out of the van and take a few pictures include this one of the statues in memory […]

Packing up

So Thursday was Mum’s birthday (me and Rob gave her a duck), Friday (yesterday) was Dad’s (bottle of whiskey of course!), and today is their wedding anniversary, so it’s been all go here for the last few days. Thursday night we cooked Mum a nice meal, last night we went to see Pride and Prejudice […]

In England for a bit

Flew home on Friday, courtesy of RyanAir from Shannon Airport. Amazingly, I managed to get a lot of the jobs that I somehow couldn’t find time for earlier in the week done in the hour and a half between my waking up, and having to start the drive to Shannon! I then got poorly sick […]


I had a wonderful time in New York – shopped, did some sight-seeing, ate lots of wonderful food, walked MILES, went to museums, met some new people…. and I took tons of photos. I’ve not been through them yet, I think what I’m going to have to do is write posts and back date them […]

Friday – Arrived in New York

Arrived in New York on the 13th, after a journey that was hassle-free but fairly complicated – I managed to travel by road, rail, monorail, air, rail again, boat, and finally I walked the last stretch from the Hoboken Ferry terminal to the apartment! The journey was easy, but I did manage to drop and […]


I finally finished all 6 chapters of my thesis and got them sent off to my supervisor for a final read through. I’ve still got to make any changes she suggests, and I think she’s going to suggest quite a lot for the discussion, but I get to have a little break for a week […]

New York

The weather must have been listening to me as it tried very hard to snow yesterday (but didn’t manage more than a few brief flurries), and we should be getting some more next week. Hopefully it’ll hold off a little, though, as we’re off to London tomorrow to see the Turner, Whistler, Monet exhibition at […]