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sunsets in Donegal

Happy Thursday! You’re so close to the weekend! Can you feel it?! Are you taking time to check-in with yourself and give yourself the care, love, and attention you need? If not, it’s perfectly okay to set aside time for yourself to do whatever you want/need to do during ‘me time.’ Maybe it’s yoga, meditation, running, reading, tending to a pallet garden you built, sewing some pillowcases for your home decor, making a dress to match your homemade mask, or even playing animal crossing with family and friends. Whatever you want to do during your assigned ‘me time,’ make sure you’re doing it and giving yourself a break.

If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post - “the Kingsroad” - you can click here to read all about goofing around on the Kingsroad with my girlfriends from college! Also, if you didn’t get the chance to cast your free daily vote for me to be the next #MaximCoverGirl, you can click here to vote or click here to read about why it’s important to me (and then vote!). You can vote once every twenty-four hours for free, and I am so grateful for your support! Voting for the Quarter-Finals round ends TONIGHT July 16th at 11 PM EST, so I’d appreciate any and all support I can get to make my way to first before tonight’s voting ends! Thank you for everything so far!! If you’re all caught up on the adventures thus far and Maxim Cover Girl voting, then sit tight, strap in, buckle up - whatever you choose!

Last post we spent some time exploring The Dark Hedges, or for you Game of Thrones fans, The Kingsroad. Northern Ireland, especially the areas outside of Belfast, has so many fun Game of Thrones-themed things that it’s strange to not see any GoT-related items when you travel through rural Northern Ireland, which feels much more like Ireland. I should take a moment to say that what I mean by that is the Ireland we might think of as outsiders who did not grow up there: rolling hills, green everywhere, mostly farmland, not much to brag about in terms of cities. Having lived in Dublin, I can say that my opinion of Ireland has changed but only in the best ways.

One of my favorite memories from my girlfriends’ and my Irish road trip had to be when we were in County Donegal after a long day of driving. We’d been in the car nearly all day, taking the Wild Atlantic Way around the country, but since it was summertime and we were in Donegal, the northernmost county of Ireland, the sun did not set until close to 11:30 PM. Being that it was getting really late and we were close to our Air BnB for the night, the reasonable thing to do would have been to head straight to bed. Not us, though. As we were driving, we saw a sign with an arrow that read “BEACH” that pointed off the main road, so we all saw it, took a moment to pause, and then asked each other, “Should we.. watch the sunset.. on the beach?” The response was a resounding yes. We sped up, cheered like wild women, and barreled off the main road to a beach in Donegal. We parked, and the three of us hurried out of the car and onward to the beach. The sunset was probably the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen. The sky was all pinks, purples, and blues, reflecting off the low tide at our feet.

We gazed in awe, took photos together and of each other, and asked one other Irishwoman on the beach if she could take a photo of all three of us together. She said no, and we were all pretty surprised. Kinda rude, right? She wanted her own photos, though, so I get it. Anyway, we stood there on that beach for awhile, watching the sun set behind the Donegal cliffs on the other side of the water. When it was finally time for us to head back to the car and to our beds for the night, we took one final look, watching the most beautiful sunset I’ve ever seen come to its conclusion. It still wasn't entirely dark by the time we left, but it was close to midnight and time to find ourselves our home for the night.

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P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of travel 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

50. juneteenth

51. thank you! Maxim round 4!

52. dublin bog bodies

53. dún laoghaire ice cream

54. local celeb sighting

55. 13.1 in Dublin

56. thank you! Maxim round 5!

57. every girl likes a bad boy

58. poolbeg lighthouse

59. conflict, bias, and propaganda in belfast

60. bow to your lord mayor


62. Maxim Cover Girl Quarter-Finals!

63. gulliver's travels in belfast

64. all aboard the HMS Caroline

65. all aboard the RMS Titanic

66. you know nothing, jon snow

67. cave-born shadow babies

68. afraid of heights?

69. giants and their egos

70. the Kingsroad

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