Moving Through my Ancestry One Country at a Time

Last day in Belfast, first day in Edinburgh — By: Bridget Bartos Long time no blog! Friday was our last full (and free) day in Belfast, so we decided that Queens University would be our ideal adventure. The walk was about 40 minutes, and I only got lost about three times, but when I made…

Ireland vs. Northern Ireland: The City Life Vibes

By: Bridget Bartos When I was getting ready to go pick a college the summer before my senior year, my mom gave me some of the best advice I have ever received before I went on my first tours. I was worrying about not knowing what school to choose or how to decipher between the…

Somber Mornings = Shopping Afternoons

Belfast Day 2 — By: Bridget Bartos Our day began with an amazing breakfast from Established Coffee, a coffee shop around the corned. Emily and I stumbled upon the trendy shop after taking a wrong turn on our morning adventure walk. I ordered yogurt and granola with peach and basil compote (very fancy and delicious),…

Conquering Cliffs and Fears: Bus Tour Day Two and Three

The Best Views of My Young Life—By: Bridget Bartos After the Derry walking tour, we piled on the bus once again. We got to pass through my grandmas little farm town, and I got the most nostalgic connection to the green land we were passing though. I was almost crying I was so in awe…

Boom Boom Boom! Bus Tour: Day One

By: Bridget Bartos On Sunday, we left Dublin at 9 am to head towards Northern Ireland. I was sad to leave Dublin, not knowing what was lying ahead. We got on the Shamrocker bus and headed about an hour towards our first stop, Trim Castle. The town that Trim is located in was quaint and…

Dub(getting in all my)step(s) in Dublin

No Dubstep was actually involved in this day– By: Bridget Bartos Our last day in Dublin was grand! After a fun night out in Temple Bar area, we decided to be ultra-tourists once again. One thing that we all felt compelled to hit was the EPIC Emigration Museum by the river. The museum is an…

Same Atmosphere, Different Country

Comparing and Contrasting Rochester and Cardiff— By: Bridget Bartos Cardiff reminded me of my hometown of Rochester, Michigan, almost immediately. Although Cardiff is bigger and more full-of-life, it has the hometown friendly feel and some great and unique desert places and restaurants. The set up of Cardiff was the first comparison that came to my mind….