Happy Monday! And welcome back! In case you were wondering, I took yesterday off in honor of Father’s Day. Did you do anything fun to celebrate? Or did you at least call/video chat your dad? My dad is on the east coast, but we chatted for a bit in the morning; otherwise, I continued working on a new DIY project I’ve started and got a new flower to have alongside the homemade DIY pallet garden. I also did some yoga in honor of International Yoga Day and had a nice dinner at home. It was a somewhat busy but easy Sunday and was exactly the kind of day that feels like a nice rest and recharge for the week.
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My last travel-related post was about the magical tattoo I got for myself while living in Dublin. Since a lot of my writing has been a few posts about Dublin sandwiched between posts about my travels to Rome, Edinburgh, and London, I figured it’d be great to bring the conversation back to Dublin and one of my favorite places: the National Museum of Ireland. Featuring artifacts thousands of years old excavated from Ireland’s shores, fields, and bogs, the National Museum of Ireland is an archaeological treasure trove. With everything from clay pots to viking gold to long boats to beautifully decorated metal dishes, there's something for everyone.
One of my favorite exhibits from the National Museum is that of the bog bodies. Not only did I visit the museum with my Embodied Practices professor, I then took nearly every single person who came to visit me in Ireland to see the bog bodies… including my dad! The first time he came to see them with me, we gazed in wonder at how well the bodies were preserved by Ireland’s peat bogs. We marveled at the science of the bog body exhibits - how scientists were able to tell what time of year the people died based on their diets, as well as what their social status was based on a bracelet or use of hair wax - and I joked that one of the bodies looked like Conan O’Brien. The second time my dad came to visit, my mom came with him, so we of course took her to see the bog bodies, as well. She was also amazed by the sights, and when she got a bit emotional, my dad and I decided to goof around and make up some silly songs on the spot about the bog bodies to cheer her up. Wonder where I get my musical comedy inclination from? Look no further than Papa Walsh.
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P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):
1. Won't you join me?
2. grateful for starbucks and sandymount strand
3. Once Upon a December in the National Gallery
4. plant a smooch for that gift of gab
5. may the 4th be with you: Dingle style
6. cinco de mayo: the best Mexican food in Dublin
7. pizza in roma
8. mussolini’s window and the philosophers’ metro stop
9. father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife
10. it's the vatican, not the vatican't
11. spoiler alert: i did not lose my hand
12. more pizza and gelato and Neptune, oh my
13. craft beer, romper season, and volcano magic
14. bus singalongs and the okey dokey karaoke origin story
15. the beginning of the journey to the land of outlander
16. the boy who lived and the musical rapper
17. oh i just can't wait to be kingggg
18. fudge and haggis, quite the dynamic duo
19. the banshee labyrinth... or, my first time trying buckfast
20. the world's most magical toilet
21. gwyneth paltrow's (improv) sliding doors
22. scottish sombreros and jam, thank you
23. bob seger, a cèilidh, and arthur's seat
24. the next maxim cover girl!!
25. you can vote now!!
26. kindness at… the airport??
27. conversations with strangers and #basic meals
28. aren't gas stations amazing?!
29. not just mac's... supermac's
30. American vs. European Cell Phone Providers
31. brown bread ice cream
32. Black Lives Matter
33. technology and theatre
34. a love of Dublin pizza: Manifesto
35. a love of Dublin pizza: Dublin Pizza Company
36. a love of Dublin pizza: with my dad
37. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness
38. thank you! round 2!
39. a love of Dublin pizza: and every other pizza
40. ahh-oooooh werewolves of london
41. a special london edition nerd alert
42. defying gravity is a WICKED good time
43. that wanker Van Morrison
44. The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
45. LA girls love London green juice
46. Super Bowl LII Champs at Wembley
47. champagne fizz and fruity cocktails
48. How-to: DIY Pallet Garden
49. dublin tattoo magic
51. thank you! Maxim round 4!