Author Archives: ailsapm

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue wheresmybackpack.com Remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.

10 thoughts for Earth Day

I spent Earth Day in the best possible way, elbow deep in dirt, working the soil and sowing seeds. As I was preparing a small vegetable patch, I spotted a wild rabbit just a few feet away watching my progress … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Round

I’m still a little enchanted by the magic of Brian Boru’s fort, with its rounded earthen walls guarded by a ring of trees, so I went looking for a few more rounded photos I’ve taken on my travels. First up, the … Continue reading

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Looking for Brian Ború – Killaloe

April 23rd 2014 marks the thousandth anniversary of the death of a legendary High King of Ireland. Every Irish person, child and adult alike, is familiar with the name of Brian Ború; his stance against the Vikings and his death at the Battle of … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Clean

I’ve just been catching up on the week’s news and I audibly (and, it turns out, appropriately) gasped when I read this article in The Guardian about Beijing’s pollution crisis and canned air – or the alternative, bagged mountain air as … Continue reading

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12 free things to do in Seattle’s Pike Place Market

No trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Place Market, with its bustling stalls, cobbled streets and neon signs. Filled to overflowing with the freshest of produce and flowers, hand-crafted jewellery, artisan breads, jams, honey and … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Misty

It is the middle of the night as I write this and a thick fog has descended outside, muffling sounds, dimming streetlights to a whisper and smudging the surrounding countryside into dark, indecipherable daubs of smoke. This is my favourite kind of weather, … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Statues

After my brief encounter with Rome’s talking statues, I went looking for other memorable statues I have found on my travels. I will never forget the heartwarming statue of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, erected in memory of a faithful Skye … Continue reading

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Congregation of Wits

Rome is filled to bursting with spectacular statues in pristine condition but the one that really won a place in my heart is worn and eroded and in such poor condition you can barely make it out. What it lacks … Continue reading

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Travel theme: Pink

After a long and arduous winter that felt like it was never going to end, yesterday marked the vernal equinox up here in the northern hemisphere. As if to mark the occasion, when I was out walking yesterday, a solitary, … Continue reading

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Saint Patrick and Saint Toothless

Just south of County Dublin in Ireland lies County Wicklow, often referred to as the Garden of Ireland because of its stunning landscape and coastline. In keeping with the natural beauty of the area, the name Wicklow is thought to … Continue reading

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