Week one living in Ireland complete

One week down here in Ireland! After spending the the last year visiting every few weeks it is such a nice feeling to not be dealing with a ticking clock before I have to get back on a plane. If I want to remain jetlagged a week after I arriving I can sleep until noon and not worry!

Well not really. Last week when sleeping in the middle of the day I was caught. I woke up very frazzled, sweaty and covering myself in blankets. I think I caught a small break for being sick since a thermometer and some medicine was sent home to me later in the day.  At least I quickly learned we have different visitors in the house throughout the day. Today I was just out of the shower when we had a visitor I went and hid in my closet. Getting used to it slowly! Definitely waking up tomorrow before ten am.

Spring is coming quickly so lots of farm jobs will come with the sun. Pigs will be picked up this week, cattle will be moved and all of the vegetables will have to be planted keeping everyone busy busy busy. So we made the most of this nice mix of spring weather without spring jobs and went on a long walk around Donerarile Park with his family. The park was packed! We finished the day with a Sunday roast lamb with his family and a few hours escape to kick footballs at the GAA pitch.

Now that I am feeling better hopefully this week will be a bit more ambitious and maybe a list of things can be done.. or at least written.

 

Exhibitor Life in Texas

The Lone Star State hosts more conferences and events than any other state in my opinion. It makes sense, generally central location, big cities with big convention centers and big hotels and temperatures spanning from warm to oppressive 365 days a year. I really don’t know how I feel about Texas. Hoping to discover my concrete opinion by the end of this blog post.  San Antonio hosted most of my trips, primarily because of the Culinary Institute campus. Houston & Dallas both hosted the bigger conferences while we visited Austin for smaller food events and meetings. I definitely preferred Austin among the four but visited San Antonio most often so if you are looking to plan some lengthy business dinners or escape the conference for a few hours here are highlights:

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Six days in Cuba

Two nights in the remote seaside village acros de canasi.img_0720

For Americans the ability to travel to Cuba is a recent opportunity due to the restoration in the relationship between Cuba and the United States in December, 2014. However the first commercial flights for non-Cuban natives began in late 2016. Now, pretty affordably and a 45 minute hop from Southern Florida airports Americans can enjoy what the rest of the world has been enjoying for the last fifty years. Visit quickly because the intrigue of Cuba is the extreme lack of US influence and commercialize. Our visit brought us to a country where time both stopped and continued since the 1960/1961 embargo. The beauty of Cuba at its height of decadence is still evident in the extraordinary architecture but the austerity measures and lack of low-cost trading is evident in the dilapidation of many of these grand buildings. However, growth and rehabilitation are imminent as restoration and infrastructure projects could be seen throughout the country especially in Havana. The Castro administration has developed several restoration projects funded through tourist money to repair the aging architecture. So how did we spend our six days? We had two Casas Particulares (private homes where rooms are available to rent similar to a B&b) booked and a tentative plan to visit Mantazas, Acros de Canasi, Havana and Varadero.  Continue reading “Six days in Cuba”