Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Visit from the parents!

Mum and Dad visited me in Cambridge back in... May, I think it was! My uncle Gorry also came up from London and as always, the weather was lovely!

The main highlight of our trip was our first punting experience. Punting is the best way to see the different colleges of Cambridge and it's so relaxing! You just sit in a boat and get pushed along...

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Dad and I walked to Grantchester through a very pretty meadow...

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And we saw a pheasant!

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Mum and Gorry met us in the village for Sunday lunch and a few sunny day pints in the Red Lion. It was super tasty!

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It was so nice having them down and spending a long weekend together. And I love that I live in a place interesting and close enough for people to visit me!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hiking in the Mourne Mountains

The week after my graduation, I went back to Ireland for a hiking trip up North with my Mum's family. I flew with CityJet from Cambridge Airport and it was so relaxing! I left work in a taxi an hour and a half before the flight and was at the tiny airport's only departure gate about twenty minutes later. The whole experience was amazing! Comfy chairs in the departure lounge, a snack on board the super interesting Fokker 50, smiling staff! The last time I flew home, I even cycled to the airport!

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During our trip, we rented two small cottages and a big house at the Rostrevor Holidays. The site was small so walking between the houses wasn't an issue and having the big house so well stocked meant that we could enjoy our dinners, drinks and downtime comfortably!

As for the hiking, we went to the Mourne Mountains and trekked up Slieve Donard. That link is not the exact route we followed but it's close enough. In numbers, we walked a total of 16 miles, up 853 metres, for (roughly) six hours and it took three days for my legs to recover. Honestly, I was hobbling like an old lady the day after! But it was beautiful and challenging and so worth it.

Looking down once we had reached the top, I was exhilarated that I actually did it!!

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xx
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