Happy Thursday! 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.’ I admit that it's been a difficult couple days, losing my Nana on Tuesday, but paddle boarding, working out, writing, and talking with loved ones is helping immensely. Maybe your thing is 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, paddle boarding, or even playing animal crossing with family and friends, but 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 - “Dear Nana” — you can click here to catch up. Otherwise, let’s continue our adventures in Europe and head to back to Dingle! I previously wrote about Dingle for Star Wars Day, but today we’ll spend some time exploring some of the lesser-known magic of Dingle, the Great Blasket Island.
My college girlfriends and I ended up doing a nice coastal hike while we were in Dingle but not before we spent time visiting the Blasket Centre. The Blasket Islands are the most westerly island group in Europe located off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula. The Great Blasket Island, the largest of the three, was inhabited until the 1950s with its residents living like they were in a totally different world. The Blasket inhabitants would take a boat to Dingle in order to trade fish for livestock and other goods, but they did not have electricity or many modern conveniences. It was truly like living in a frozen period of time. As the weather in Ireland tends to include lots of storms, there were periods of time where inhabitants were cut off from the mainland, needing supplies they were unable to receive.
The island’s population eventually gave up on their home and moved to the mainland in the early 1950s due to the unsafe circumstances of living on the island in primitive houses and without access to safety and supplies. The tiny island did, however, produce some well-known Irish writers who kept record of their experiences on the Great Blasket: Peig Seyers, Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, and Tomás Ó Criomhthain. Nowadays the Great Blasket Island is home to a couple caretakers and functions as a destination for tourism, allowing visitors to stay overnight and to enjoy historical tours. When my gal pals and I visited the Blasket Centre on the coast of Dingle, we spent a lot of time walking around the museum, looking at photos, reading residents’ reflections, and watching a short film about life on the Great Blasket Island. It was surreal to imagine such primitive living circumstances not that long ago.
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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
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
61. HAPPY HAMILTON DAY!!
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
71. sunsets in Donegal
72. derry dining chains
73. Maxim Cover Girl Semi-Finals!
74. Dear Nana