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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

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

71. sunsets in Donegal

72. derry dining chains

73. Maxim Cover Girl Semi-Finals!

74. Dear Nana

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