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Summary of the Year Away

Looking back on our year away. We had a great time, meet lots of great people and achieved a life time ambition. We did manage to find the right boat and get it from The River Shannon in Ireland, via Paris … Continue reading

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading

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Another reality check…

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 … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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 … Continue reading

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Five days R&R in Portsmouth before returning to Dublin

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 … Continue reading

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

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.

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

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 … Continue reading

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Last day in France

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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