I think I have made a decision, though. I like fall. A lot. I might even love fall, which has stunned me at every turn. I joke to people when I tell them where I”m from that I sound like a little kid running around here. “Ooh, look at the leaves! PRETTYYYYYYY! They’re so COLORFUL!” and people just laugh and shake their heads, kind of like when Kat & I were traveling in Scotland and marveled at the plethora of rainbows overhead every other day.
So why this change of heart? A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say. Here are a few to explain why autumn has seduced me.
I took a fun tour the other day with Paddywagon Tours, and had a really great time. The guide was fun and informative, the other people on my tour were really nice, and the scenery was, of course, AMAZING! Here are some shots from along the way to give you an idea of why Ireland is now in the bunch for favorite places!
A friend of mine took me surfing today at the beach in Garrettstown, near Kinsale, Ireland. It was pretty cold–hence the wetsuit, booties, and cap thingy–but totally worth it! The view from the water was phenomenal, too.
The hardest thing about it was changing out of the wetsuit with completely numb fingers. Most difficult thing ever!
|Although I didn’t master the whole surfing thing on my first go, I did catch a few waves into shore and made it onto my knees, so that’s a start.|
|Is this not one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen? Completely unedited! That’s really what Ireland looks like, people!|
The other day I took a little day trip from Mulhouse to Strasbourg, home of branches of the EU and one of the cities considered the “capital” of Europe! Mostly I wandered around, had lunch with a friend, and took a boat tour through the canals. Check out all the beautiful things I saw during my day in Strasbourg!
|So THIS is what fall looks like!|
Basically, she’s the coolest dog I”ve met since I left my own snoosy goose behind in Tucson. Here are some pictures of Polly, so you can see how cute she is.
Polly is hilarious.
|Exhibit A: She wants her belly rubbed. But sometimes, whether anyone is rubbing it or not, she freezes in this position for minutes at a time. This makes me laugh.|
Polly is a good friend.
|Exhibit B: She keeps the bed warm while I’m working. How considerate!|
Polly is one of the most adorable, sweetest dogs on the planet. Exhibits C-E.
|HOW COULD YOU NOT LOVE THIS FACE!?|
|Looking regal by the wooden sculpture garden.|
|My new friend Polly and me. 🙂|