LIFESTYLE

Texas Belle to a Galway Girl

In Love With Places and People 

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The sounds, the accents, the smells, the nastalgia of the Eurocup and live music coming from a quaint, peaceful pub around the corner gave off a medley of different feelings that made me smile. The Union Jack and the Irish flag blowing in the breeze gave a feeling of wanderlust and an excitement we couldn’t contain.
Hey y’all,

Well we finally made it back to the great state of Texas. As happy as I am to be back home, my heart is still longing and missing the familiar smells of fish and chips and the sights of cobblestone streets with live Irish music playing from a pub down the road.  The last ten days have been full of adventure, wanderlust, and so many memories. I don’t even know where to begin.

Day 1:

We arrived in Dublin, Ireland June 13th at 11 am Dublin time. One of the longest days of our life with traveling and trying to beat jet lag.  Took a good 30 minutes to find our hostel. We stayed in the Temple Bar District and it happened to be right in the middle of Dublin’s night life. Let me tell you, it was hoppin. There were three or four pubs every corner with live music every night.

Day 2: Woke up around 9 am and walked to Dublin Castle.  This castle is still a working castle.  Dublin holds their presidential elections in this castle.  After Dublin Castle, we walked to the Guinness Factory.  It was a seven story factory that happened to be in the shape of a massive pint.  The Irish don’t play games when it comes to a “proper pint of Guinness”.


In the factory, we got to see how a proper pint was made, how to drink a proper pint and so on.  I think my favorite part of the factory was the seventh floor.  The seventh floor had a bar with a 360 degree panoramic view of Dublin City.  We then learned that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for the property of Guinness Factory.  In the picture above you will see a copy of the signed 9,000 year lease.  I also tried my first shot of Guinness.  I was a little nervous.  I’m not a big fan of beer so much to my surprise, I understood why the Irish liked their Guinness so much.  It had a smoothe and creamy taste. I finally found a beer I could swallow down without holding my nose 🙂

Later that night we found TRINITY BAR.  Trinity Bar was a quaint, quiet little pub we found on Dame Street.  Little did we know that we would have the time of our lives.  All we wanted was to find a pub where we could sit down and enjoy a soccer game (or what the Europeans call a “football game”).  The Eurocup was going on the whole ten days we were there so it gave off a sense of competition and fun.  We got to Trinity Bar around 6 and met our waiter Matteo.  He was originally from Italy and let’s just say the cutest, most sweetest thing you ever did see.  He taught us a few words in Italian and spent some time getting to know us and our crazy lives.  Then came the Polish bartender.  Lukasz was a mess.  When he smiled you could see the mischievousness coming right through.  He made the night fun, with his smart comments and crazy, fun personality.  He invited us to stay longer for the live music that would start at ten.  He kept telling us how great the music would be and that we should stay.  Of course we were thinking he was exaggerating, but we decided we would stay and find out for ourselves.  Have you ever seen or heard of the video called “damn Daniel”? I don’t normally like curse words, but this video is pretty funny.  Let’s just say those two words perfectly describe the music of that night. I will explain.  Daniel O’Sullivan was the name of the guy who sang live that night at Trinity Bar.  Not only did “the damn Daniel” idea go well because his name was Daniel, but it also went along perfectly because he was that good.   He was so down to earth and so cool.  He went along to a joke we girls had going.  My cousin thought he was the cutest thing and said he had to sing at their wedding when they got married.  He played along to the whole thing and introduced her as his fiancé.  He played every song we requested and more.  The people in Ireland are so welcoming and so nice.  I mean we stayed at Trinity Bar for an hour and a half just talking to Daniel and some of the bar staff after it closed.  I don’t know many places that will do that.  Learned some popular Irish songs.  Galway girl was a popular Irish song Daniel sang and will always be a song that reminds me of Ireland and the many memories/people we met in that beautiful place and time in life.


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Daniel is AWESOME y’all. He is a great entertainer and has a great voice. If you’re ever in Dublin, make sure you go to Trinity Bar and stay for the live music. Daniel is worth the listen. He will not disappoint.  He even remembered us a week later after we left for London and then went back to spend our last few days in Dublin.  Within that week he met so many other people, but he still called my cousin his future wife 🙂 It was quite the laugh, but it made us smile.

A lot of my beautiful things are founded on my home roots of Jesus, family, friends, Texas and strangers who become family, but every now and then they can be found in small, quaint, nostalgic places around the world or in a specific song.  Stay tuned to find out more 🙂
Xoxo,

A Southern Galway Girl

Ps. Look up Daniel O’Sullivan Music 🙂 

Wim8ledon: Rewritten by the Goat 

19 Grand Slams and 8 Wimbledon titles. First man in history to win 8 Wimbledon titles. Can I just say, GOAT?!


Congrats to the GOAT 🐐 Thank you for bringing such class and dignity to the game of tennis and to our TVs for so many years.  You have brought so many countries and people together to watch such a game as this played on grass. Let me just say, grass has never looked so good!

I remember watching this guy when he first beat Sampras. I’ve always loved Sampras and I remember thinking if anyone is going to beat out Sampras, I’m good with it being this guy.


They call tennis a gentlemen’s sport. You have shown the picture perfect example of what it means to be a gentleman playing in a gentleman’s sport. Thank you for keeping this game alive for so many years! Congrats on #8 Rog! You deserve every bit of it. #wimbledon2017 #rewritten #8 #firstmaninhistory #GOAT #classact #swiss​

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XOXO,

A Girl In Love With The Game

Rain Rain Go Away 

As I sit here, listening to the rain, I can’t help, but think about London and it’s beauty. The thunder is rolling in and all I can hear is, “pit, pat,pit,pat”. I can picture the beautiful streets as rain shines and the many people walking with umbrellas. My heart hurts for the country of England and its people. I can’t begin to express the gratitude and awe I feel when I remember the beauty of such a place.

Dear London, England,

One of my absolute favorite cities to ever have the privilege of visiting and seeing. Praying for your beautiful city! You will always have a special place in my heart. Stay strong 🇬🇧❤️👑 God bless you!

XOXO,
A Girl In Love With Wonders Of This World

HIP HIP HOOOOOORAY!!! 

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne. We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.” – Robert Burns

Auld Lang Syne: old long ago, good old days, times gone by and for old times sake.

We’ve all had those years where we’re ready to be done and move on. We need a change and a new start. Those years of pure exhaustion and frustration for 365 days. We’ve also had those years we couldn’t imagine trading for anything. The years where growth has been amazing, change has been prevalent and we’ve had nothing but what some would call bliss. This year has been both. A year with lots of change and growth.  A year where frustrations have come and gone in numerous forms. I can honestly say though, 2016 you have been great. You were a year of doubts and fear.  A year of not knowing what would happen and what the future would hold.  But now I say goodbye to you and I welcome 2017. This year has had many blessings, challenges, seasons, growth and so much more, but I’m ready for you 2017. I pray that Jesus uses me in ways like never before. That growth is prevalent in every season whether it’s a season of ups or downs. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings and what God holds for my life in this year. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Farewell 2016 and hello 2017! I welcome you with open arms #happynewyear #bringiton2017

Let me tell you about muh best friends!  I can’t imagine life without these two. Whether close together or far apart life will never be the same without them. 2017 I believe you hold a lot for us. I believe you will be a year of conquering fears, doubts, one full of open doors, firsts and lasts, joy and so much more. Together we will take you on with full hearts and strong heads. I believe favor will show and God will be present. #bringiton2017

For old times sake, the good old days and some beautiful times gone by,

XOXO

A girl in love with what’s to come

Galway Girls 

Texas Belle to a Galway Girl 

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The sounds, the accents, the smells, the nastalgia of the Eurocup and live music coming from a quaint, peaceful pub around the corner gave off a medley of different feelings that made me smile. The Union Jack and the Irish flag blowing in the breeze gave a feeling of wanderlust and an excitement we couldn’t contain.
Hey y’all,

Well we finally made it back to the great state of Texas. As happy as I am to be back home, my heart is still longing and missing the familiar smells of fish and chips and the sights of cobblestone streets with live Irish music playing from a pub down the road.  The last ten days have been full of adventure, wanderlust, and so many memories. I don’t even know where to begin.

Day 1:

We arrived in Dublin, Ireland June 13th at 11 am Dublin time. One of the longest days of our life with traveling and trying to beat jet lag.  Took a good 30 minutes to find our hostel. We stayed in the Temple Bar District and it happened to be right in the middle of Dublin’s night life. Let me tell you, it was hoppin. There were three or four pubs every corner with live music every night.

Day 2: Woke up around 9 am and walked to Dublin Castle.  This castle is still a working castle.  Dublin holds their presidential elections in this castle.  After Dublin Castle, we walked to the Guinness Factory.  It was a seven story factory that happened to be in the shape of a massive pint.  The Irish don’t play games when it comes to a “proper pint of Guinness”.


In the factory, we got to see how a proper pint was made, how to drink a proper pint and so on.  I think my favorite part of the factory was the seventh floor.  The seventh floor had a bar with a 360 degree panoramic view of Dublin City.  We then learned that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for the property of Guinness Factory.  In the picture above you will see a copy of the signed 9,000 year lease.  I also tried my first shot of Guinness.  I was a little nervous.  I’m not a big fan of beer so much to my surprise, I understood why the Irish liked their Guinness so much.  It had a smoothe and creamy taste. I finally found a beer I could swallow down without holding my nose 🙂

Later that night we found TRINITY BAR.  Trinity Bar was a quaint, quiet little pub we found on Dame Street.  Little did we know that we would have the time of our lives.  All we wanted was to find a pub where we could sit down and enjoy a soccer game (or what the Europeans call a “football game”).  The Eurocup was going on the whole ten days we were there so it gave off a sense of competition and fun.  We got to Trinity Bar around 6 and met our waiter Matteo.  He was originally from Italy and let’s just say the cutest, most sweetest thing you ever did see.  He taught us a few words in Italian and spent some time getting to know us and our crazy lives.  Then came the Polish bartender.  Lukasz was a mess.  When he smiled you could see the mischievousness coming right through.  He made the night fun, with his smart comments and crazy, fun personality.  He invited us to stay longer for the live music that would start at ten.  He kept telling us how great the music would be and that we should stay.  Of course we were thinking he was exaggerating, but we decided we would stay and find out for ourselves.  Have you ever seen or heard of the video called “damn Daniel”? I don’t normally like curse words, but this video is pretty funny.  Let’s just say those two words perfectly describe the music of that night. I will explain.  Daniel O’Sullivan was the name of the guy who sang live that night at Trinity Bar.  Not only did “the damn Daniel” idea go well because his name was Daniel, but it also went along perfectly because he was that good.   He was so down to earth and so cool.  He went along to a joke we girls had going.  My cousin thought he was the cutest thing and said he had to sing at their wedding when they got married.  He played along to the whole thing and introduced her as his fiancé.  He played every song we requested and more.  The people in Ireland are so welcoming and so nice.  I mean we stayed at Trinity Bar for an hour and a half just talking to Daniel and some of the bar staff after it closed.  I don’t know many places that will do that.  Learned some popular Irish songs.  Galway girl was a popular Irish song Daniel sang and will always be a song that reminds me of Ireland and the many memories/people we met in that beautiful place and time in life.


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Daniel is AWESOME y’all. He is a great entertainer and has a great voice. If you’re ever in Dublin, make sure you go to Trinity Bar and stay for the live music. Daniel is worth the listen. He will not disappoint.  He even remembered us a week later after we left for London and then went back to spend our last few days in Dublin.  Within that week he met so many other people, but he still called my cousin his future wife 🙂 It was quite the laugh, but it made us smile.

A lot of my beautiful things are founded on my home roots of Jesus, family, friends, Texas and strangers who become family, but every now and then they can be found in small, quaint, nostalgic places around the world or in a specific song.  Stay tuned to find out more 🙂
Xoxo,

A Southern Galway Girl

Ps. Look up Daniel O’Sullivan Music 🙂