Back in Ireland, or more specifically, Ulster!☘️
Ulster is the province of Ireland* that I'm originally from, with my county (Cavan) being one of three in Ulster that is a part of the Republic of Ireland, with the rest being within Northern Ireland.
Another part of Ulster is, of course, the iconic giant's causeway, found in County Antrim, as you can from this pic of me the last time I was there!
Ulster may have no major political significance (since as a region it spans over two countries), but one other unique aspect of it is that it also describes one of the major dialects of the Irish language, which is spoken across multiple counties, and which incorporates aspects of the iconic accent Northern Ireland is famous for.
We don't have a "Gaeltacht" (officially recognized Irish language region) in Cavan, but of course, it made sense for me to identify with the Ulster dialect of the language, being from this region myself! I've already had a conversation with a native speaker who was born and raised in Belfast.
And re-activating my Irish language skills will be what I'll be working on this week, in county Donegal, in the northwest of the country, in one of the Gaeltacht regions I love visiting the most!
*To avoid any confusion, I'll make a few terms clearer:
"Ireland" is most correctly used as the name of the ISLAND that includes the countries "Republic of Ireland" and "Northern Ireland" (a part of the UK). Ireland is a geographical, not a political term.
There's no such thing as "Southern Ireland"; if you ask me if I'm from Ireland, or if I'm from the Republic of Ireland, I'll answer yes to both. If you ask me if I'm from Southern Ireland, I'll roll my eyes lol. To emphasize how little sense that would make, I'm further north right now than Belfast, but still in the Republic...
Make sense? 😆
"You’re mine. Mine, as I’m yours. And if we die, we die. All men must die, Jon Snow. But first we’ll live."
Had to visit this cool turf house in Iceland that was featured in the Game of Thrones!
Who’s a GOT fan?
I never thought I would post winter pictures in the midst of the summer, but here I am... the excessive heat is unbearable and I want to look at something cooling. 💦❄️
Yesterday we had a heat index of 108F (or 43C) and today should be even worse - so please everyone, stay safe!
Picture is by @pictures_of_newyork #picturesofnewyork
ran into these absolute cuties on a morning hike - their mum was NOT happy to see us hanging out. I’m not sure which part of the brain controls fear but I’m not entirely convinced that mine works 🐻 (can we also please ignore my comforting bear voice thanks)
How did this waterfall form it’s unique backdrop? 🤔
The hexagonal columns of black basalt rock form from lava flow that cools really slow. 🌋 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Definitely one of the most stunning waterfalls we saw in Iceland!
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”
2 5314 June, 2019
raise your hand if you wanna go to scotland 🖐🏻 can i ever really post enough photos? i’ve been back for 3 weeks & i have been thinking of where to go next 🤷🏻♀️ so many places to see, so many people to meet, so many foods to try & so many coffees to drink
ᵁᴺᴾᴬᴵᴰ ᴾᴿᴼᴹᴼᵀᴵᴼᴺ day 11 was all about wild dogs! we followed the pack for more than an hour and had them playing around our car all the time. but there's two things i can't stand: littering in the park and the fact that this cutie misses an ear! 🐾