This week was a bit more low key for me, but I still managed to squeeze in a few adventures.

I got ice cream and drove down the Wild Atlantic Way along the west coast of Ireland (okay, technically I was chauffeured because driving a stick shift on the wrong side of the road is enough to make me cry).

I saw Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick’s cottage in Donegal Bay! I got a great picture that I was going to post, but then I remembered that I think paparazzi are scumbags and even celebrities are entitled to their privacy. So…you’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂

I went trekking on a fat pony named Gypsy. I am now walking extremely bowlegged.

On Thursday I went to an Irish barbecue where I got my face painted like a she-devil by a 5 year-old.

I booked my ticket to TBEX North America!!

And…I watched salmon jump upstream on the River Finn. I sat there for almost 45 minutes trying to get a picture of those suckers, but all I got was water. I’ve Photoshopped this super realistic picture for you so that you can see how cool it was:


This almost makes up for not posting a picture of SJP, right?

In other weekly news around the world…

Bill Murray gives some excellent advice on who you should marry (and it involves world travel).

Nomadic Matt wrote a great article on which sites to use when booking a cheap hotel room. Every once in a while it’s great to use a shower you don’t need to wear flip-flops in, and score some free shampoo.

Check out the Illuminati Summer Newsletter in the New Yorker to keep up to date on the latest members of the knights of the brotherhood.

Rob Berger of Forbes provides a handy 60-Second Guide to Travel Hacking.

“Everyone’s welcome. Even straight people.” Stephanie Rosenbloom writes an interesting piece about the evolving world of gay travel.

Sh** happens. But when it happens in the aisle a plane, it takes the concept of “nightmare flight” to a whole new level. Not to mention that the flight had to land in Kansas City. Now that’s adding insult to injury.

Madagascar is being threatened by an invasion of…toxic toads? SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.

If you haven’t already signed up to win an all-expense paid travel adventure of your choice through Hostelworld, what are you waiting for?? Go. Go now.


In fact, I’m going to go now and have an adventure of my own.

Happy travels!



Mandie is a writer, rebel & web design junkie. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine, traveling & working on her perpetually unfinished novel. She was a nerd before it was cool.

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  1. Mariah-Food, Booze, & Baggage    

    Ha, ha very realistic shot of the salmon;) Sounds like a pretty adventurous week.

    1. Mandie    

      Haha I am a top-notch photographer 😉

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