Backpacking in Narnia: Crossing From Belfast, Northern Ireland into This Magical Land

The latest wacaday country adventure for my backpack was a return to the land of Narnia, a real country for sure and another interesting one, on what has now ridiculously become a 151 country tour of planet earth on route to 200 countries. While there might be 626 countries to visit (and nobody will ever Read more about Backpacking in Narnia: Crossing From Belfast, Northern Ireland into This Magical Land[…]

Our Family Dog: Rocky and His New Pure Dog Food, Perfect for Picky and Sensitive Dogs

Sometimes, I need to take a break from travel completely and I guess I generally do that on my trips home to Northern Ireland, despite my 2014 Northern Ireland tour. When I return to my sensational Northern Irish homeland, one star of my show was never given much publicity on here – my family’s dog Read more about Our Family Dog: Rocky and His New Pure Dog Food, Perfect for Picky and Sensitive Dogs[…]

Studying Saturdays: Backpacking Centurion In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland

“Damn my education, I can’t find the words to say with all the things caught in my mind” – Noel Gallagher. It is a line taken from the Oasis song “Don’t Go Away” which was released the same year I left Bangor Grammar School, 1997. I wrote very recently how it just passed the 25 Read more about Studying Saturdays: “Backpacking Centurion” In The Grammarian, Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]

Class of 1Y: Twenty Five Years Ago This Week in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Twenty Five Years Ago This Week: Class of 1Y in Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland

“Where were you while we were in 1Y?” Here yousens! Did youse bring a tennis ball? Baggsy not nets. That’s rare so it is. It’s hard for me to believe that the above photo is 25 years old this week. It was taken on my first day at Bangor Grammar School, in August 1991 and Read more about Twenty Five Years Ago This Week: Class of 1Y in Bangor Grammar School, Northern Ireland[…]

The Night I Didnt Sh@g Vicky Everitt in Belfast City, Northern Ireland

The Night I Didn’t Sh@g Vicky Everitt in Belfast City, Northern Ireland

“Come eat tomatoes with me, sing me something new” – Vicky Everitt (1997).  I took some of this story out of my upcoming book to share it on my blog today… Oh Vicky, I have no idea if you’ll remember me or not. But you left your mark on this nomadic Northern Irishman back in Read more about The Night I Didn’t Sh@g Vicky Everitt in Belfast City, Northern Ireland[…]

My Plans for France and Euro 2016 with the Green and White Army #gawa #daretodream

It’s This Week! Final Plans for France and Euro 2016 with the Green and White Army #gawa #daretodream

So this week is it, it’s the week that my childhood dream finally comes true and I still can’t believe it. Is it really this week? Is the 30 year wait over? Yes, it is!! As I sit in a hostel in Cork right now, I know I’m heading to Bergamo, Italy in 2 days Read more about It’s This Week! Final Plans for France and Euro 2016 with the Green and White Army #gawa #daretodream[…]

#gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016

“Michael O’Neill’s Green and White army” – Northern Ireland football fans. Now that June 2016 has arrived, it feels crazy that this month, I am finally living out a childhood dream. Since my early days growing up in Bangor, Northern Ireland I only had one dream in life. To watch the Northern Ireland international football Read more about #gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016[…]

Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Another vintage working Wednesday today comes from my hometown of Bangor and another odd job I ended up doing just for an extra bit of cash at the time. It was in 2001 and I had a car, so I was able to take on extra jobs like deliveries. Before the internet and mobile phone Read more about Working Wednesdays: Delivering Telephone Books in Bangor, Northern Ireland[…]