Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ireland - 5 days is not enough

Glendalough monastery_3, originally uploaded by veggy.

What can i say about Ireland that has not already been said? A country full of strife, immense history, and natural beauty. You can get lost in any variation of its background or foreground. I just came to observe and i have liked what i have seen. Ireland is still catching up in some senses and have been screwed over by the current banks, the churches (will i go to hell for saying that?), and the good ole british, oh and the vikings! But the Irish still have a great sense of humor if you can understand their beautiful accent, that may come hand in hand with a drinking problem. Pub culture and life is everywhere and has been passed down for some time now. I am happy to report that the food i have eaten here has been delicious. I have only once seen ham, and the rest has been delicious vegetarian and vegan options.
I don't think Ireland is place you want to rush around and visit, it seems like a place where you want to take the time to get to know the place.. maybe because there is so much to learn!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

From Germany with love

regensburg, originally uploaded by veggy. In 1135–1146 a bridge across the Danube, the Steinerne Brücke, was built. This stone bridge opened major international trade routes between Northern Europe and Venice, and this started Regensburg's golden age as a city of wealthy trading families. Regensburg became the cultural centre of southern Germany and was celebrated for its gold work and fabric.

I have arrived in the old city of Regensburg ,which is 100km from Munich, situated in Bavarian region of Germany. The Danube river runs through this city that has history that dates back to the stone age and in 90AD the Romans built a fort here. Now it is a world unesco hertiage sight and a stop for popular river cruises. Quiet and quaint is not understated, or maybe just in comparison to the chaotic and noisy Nepal.

There is no shortage of bavarian beer houses and snitzel. The bread and cake here is to die for, and very much evident on the waistlines of the locals.
Efficiency at its best, bike lanes, paths, trails, and highways create little traffic jams.
Half my family history resides here in this picturesque university town, a place that has more history then all of Canada!