Category Archives: Travel

Off to see Boog

Here’s my itinerary for the next few days:

Saturday-Tuesday: Vienna
Tuesday-Friday: London
Friday-Tuesday: Windsor/Reading

I’ll update when I can, but don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from me until next Tuesday or Wednesday.


To Belfast With Adam

Adam and I are heading to Belfast in the morning. We’ll be back on Wednesday. I won’t be taking my computer, so updates will be on hold.

Travel Plans

Here’s my tentative traveling schedule for the rest of my time here in Ireland.

April 3-5th: Oxford, England on rugby tour

May 10-15th: Tenerife, Grand Canary Islands because I’m suffering serious sun withdrawl

June 21st ish: Stockholm, Sweden for my birthday

July 10-14th: Vienna, Austria to see Connor’s basketball

August/September: Prague, Czech Republic once I turn in my dissertation.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll and commented.  I’ll make sure there are plenty of pictures.

Birthday Trip

I’ve been thinking about where I want to go for my birthday.  I have a couple of ideas, but I need some input.    Sorry, but I tried to make this easier to read but it just wan’t happening.  The rugby tour is going to Scotland in April, Boog is going to be in Vienna in July, and I’m planning on Prague after I turn in my dissertation, so there’s no reason to go to any of those places for my birthday.  I’d like to see Stockholm on the longest day of the year.  The day has 18 hours of sunlight, so it’d be good for a party.  I’ve also considered Rome.  I didn’t get to go my senior year at Drake because I had my shoulder surgery.    I’d also like to go back to Spain, but I also don’t want to start doubling up on places yet.  I read an article on kayaking in Croatia once, that looked fun.  Anyway, vote please in the poll and leave any suggestions in the comments.

Getting Better

Yesterday I posted about my difficulties in getting things situated. First, I’d like to thank everyone for offering to help. Fortunately, things have started to look up.

After repeated emails and phone calls went unreturned at Student Fees, I went over personally to find out what was happening. As it turns out, my check had been there since Friday as it was supposed to be, but the coordinator for US Federal Loans has been on holiday so no one was there to notify me of the arrival of the check. I don’t know who let someone in the Fees office take holiday less than a month into the term. It seems that would be one the the places where you keep people around for a bit.

After retrieving my check, I deposited it yesterday without any problems at the bank.  However, it will take 5 business days to clear.  I’ll be fine until then.  My NW Federal (or whatever they call themselves now) account has been more than adequate to keep me in business without problems.

I got up at 6AM today (midnight in Iowa so Mom was probably up at that time too) to trudge into City Center to visit the Garda National Immigration Bureau.  My temporary visa from Customs expires tomorrow, so I have to go to the GNIB to get my full-year student visa.  I had to walk the 20 minutes into town because I was up before the busses were running.  By the time I got there, the line was already around the corner.  At 8:45 they handed out tickets like at the deli and told me to come back at 11:00 AM.  I have everything I need to prove I get a visa – proof I’m a student, I’ve paid my fees, that I have $/€ to support myself.  I should be good to go.  I just have to get over there inthe next 20 minutes or so and wait in the queue.  I’ll probably miss some, if not all of my class, but if that is what it takes to not get deported, then I’ll just get notes from someone after class.

Visiting Templemore

I’m finally online with my laptop, so I have lots I want to share.  I’ve come home with my roommate John and his brother Emmet to their place in Templemore in County Tipperary.We took the 8 PM train from Heuston Station to Thules, which was about an hour and a half away.  Unfortunately, we ended up in a “Quiet Car” which meant no mobiles or other devices that make noise, and that included iPods.  I’m not sure how me sitting quietly listening to music is more disruptive than talking to Emmet and John because we couldn’t use our iPods, but that’s what the dude in the tie told us, so that’s what we did.  John’s mom picked us up at Thules and we drove about 10 minutes to Templemore.  John acutally lives in Devil’s Bit, in the country outside of Templemore.  By the time we got to the house, it was after 10, so we just stayed in, had some beer and watched Eddie Murphy’s “Raw”.  Today I hope to see a bit more of Templemore.  I brought my XTi, so I hope I can get some good shots to share with everyone.

Getting To Dublin

About 48 hours ago, 9:00 AM Central, I was leaving Algona in the van, headed to O’Hare. I took a quick nap in the van, but it couldn’t have been more than an hour, maybe an hour and a half. We got to the airport without any traffic snags. Dad dropped Mom and I off at the Departures gate and went to park. I was through check-in before Dad was back. I was first in line and spent a grand total about 10 minutes getting my bag checked and my boarding pass in my hand. Mom, Dad, and I spent a little time in the concourse before I went through security. Continue reading