Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Cliffs of Moher, Munster, Ireland. Summer, 2013.
Cliffs of Moher, Munster, Ireland. Summer, 2013.

This week we interrupt our regularly scheduled program on the continued Book Nerd adventures to say have a very happy and festive Saint Patrick’s Day (or whatever is left of it, wherever you happen to be).

And wherever that may be, whether you are near your home or far from it, have fun and be safe!

If you are out drinking, remember to make good choices:

–don’t get kicked out of countries because you are drunk and throwing roof tiles at the police—aka, Colin: The Cautionary Tale.

–don’t get in a car if the person behind the wheel (even if it’s you!) has been drinking.

–have a sober companion to help you get home.

–pay attention to your surroundings.

Not a big thing for travel, but if you are away from home and in unfamiliar surroundings, be even more careful.

I traveled around Ireland for a week and a half a few years back, and today I’m thinking of the places I still want to hit next time I hop over. So, to keep some of the travel in this travel blog, here is me Irish wishlist:

1. Spend more time wandering the Ring of Kerry.

2. The hill of Tara and the surrounding area.

3. Two national parks: Wicklow and Connemara.

4. More nights in local pubs with good live music.

and probably a few others I haven’t thought of yet!

And to leave on a happy note (and because I must), I leave you with my Granddad’s favorite:

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Now I’m off for one last bowl of Irish beef and cabbage stew and next week we’ll be back to our normal program.

This is Leave on the Wind, helping you soar.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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