We are back in our house – The Gap Year is Officially Over

The Strida folding bike has been from home to Berlin and back

The Strida folding bike has been from home to Berlin and back

On Saturday, 7th March we moved back into our house and then it hit me, the Gap Year is really over! Continue reading

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Shoddy work by an English Car Garage- I did not follow my own advice

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

Yesterday we got Nuala’s car back from the garage in Dublin. The work that was supposed to be done by the Portsmouth garage had to be redone. So we have had to pay twice for the same job plus the added inconvenience and cost of breaking down en route, in addition to missing the ferry. Yet the Portsmouth garage will get away with it because it’s too much trouble to fight it! Continue reading

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Another reality check…

Missing good French wines

First week, back at home and I am already missing France- especially the wine and cheese!

There is nothing for it ,I will just have to stop drinking wine. Might be good for my body but definitely not good for my quality of life. Continue reading

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Reality Bites- The Gap Year is Over- Nuala went back to work today.

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Nuala going back to work after the year off !

Nuala left the apartment at 8 am this morning for her first day at work in 11 months. I am going to attend the Rotary meeting this afternoon. Continue reading

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Why do some people say one thing when their minds really are thinking the opposite?

The broken down car

The broken down car

As you know our car broke down on the way to the ferry in Fishguard last Sunday. We missed the 2.30 pm ferry by minutes and had to wait for 12 hours.  So we did what we know works- find a local hotel with Wi-Fi and a quite place to sit. Continue reading

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Five days R&R in Portsmouth before returning to Dublin

HMS Alliance

HMS Alliance

Our Gap Year has been wonderful and things have fallen into place for us as we went along. One such example was staying with Neil & Bernie on the way home. It was a great transition from our year on the boat in Europe to coming back to Dublin and work. It helped prepare us. Continue reading

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We are home- we limped into Ireland rather than arrive to applause

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

The first Tow truck on A 40 Carmarthen Road

We are home in Dublin since 11.30 today Monday 23rd February. Fourteen hours behind schedule but then again we did arrive by breakdown truck. Continue reading

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A Gap Year Lesson for Me- Sometimes You Just have to go with the Flow.

The Surgeons show Adrian how to use  the crutches

The Surgeons show Adrian how to use the crutches

Now that we are near the end of our Gap Year, I have been reflecting on what the year has taught me. Definitely one lesson for me is that it is always right to go with the flow and not try and force life. Continue reading

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Last day in France

Statue outside Caen Museum- Nuala to show scale

Statue outside Caen Museum- Nuala to show scale

We spent the last day in France, at The War Memorial of Caen museum and then took the night ferry from Caen to Portsmouth. We are near the end of our Gap Year.

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Final trip from St Jean to Caen- Nuala does not get to visit her Shrines of France

Adrian in front of war memorial

USA memorial to support personal who supplied 2 million USA troops during WW1

Nuala wanted to visit more Shrines in France, Nevers Cathedral and the remains of St Bernadette and also visit Lisieux and the Shrine of St Therese. I, on the other hand, wanted to visit the War Memorial de Caen which I understand is the best WW2 museum in France. So the compromise was the two shrines on the way to Caen, then the museum and then onto the boat for Portsmouth. But things did not work out that way. Continue reading

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