A lot of people have been asking about Ganesh, a 4 year old boy who was found on the streets of Kolkata by the HOPE night watch team in Decemeber. When rescued, he was fighting for his life with severe malnutrition, respiratory distress and diarrhea. He was 4 years old and only weighed 9 kg. Everyone was very scared whether he would make it through alive.
I guess the name of the race, RunaMUCK, kind of says it all. But let me describe the mayhem anyway...
The Runamuck Challenge is a "fun run" in County Kildare where crazy, adventurous, loony bins give up their saturday afternoon to run a 5km obstacle course. I use the word "fun" with caution because it could arguably be called "
If you were to ask me, “What was the best thing about you holiday in Lanzarote?”
I would tell you… “THE WINE!!”
If you were to ask my friend Ollie who, I traveled with, he would say, “The Wine…and the cheese!”.
On arrival in Lanzarote, and upon first glimpse of the rough, dry terrain, you would have to wonder HOW ON EARTH there could be vineyards growing on an island COVERED in volcanic rock. An island that is hot and sunny all year round, gets minimal rainfall and has strong winds blowing through that could almost pick you right up off the ground?!
The answer?? There are TWO! Firstly, it turns out that the volcanic eruptions, and subsequent fields of lava and rock, that almost ruined agriculture on the island 300 years ago is now proving to be an amazing fertiliser! The small grains of volcanic rock serve as porous mulch, drawing moisture from the air, releasing it into the ground and preventing evaporation, and thus enabling vines to grow in this otherwise warm, dry climate.
Seondly, they have invented something quite ingenious to protect plants from the wind. Small, semi-circle walls which are hand-built stone by stone. These little ‘Zoco’s', as they’re called, protect the vines from the strong atlantic winds and are absolutely spectacular to look at. Agriculture is Lanzarote seems to be a real test of Man Vs Nature, where man seems to be , miraculously winning!
But enough about the technical stuff. Let’s talk wine. Sweet, sweet wine. On one of the cloudy days of our holiday, we booked a day long hop on hop off bus tour, which gave you the option to hop off at any of Lanzarote’s top attraction which included beach resorts, museums, monuments, tiny villages and last but definitely not least, some wineries. Being the typical alcohol loving Irish youths that we are, Ollie and I opted for not one but TWO wine stops. Everything else on the bus tour, we agreed, could be skipped. Glad we had our priorities parked in the same place!
The first, and best, stop was at the El Grifo Wine Museum, where besides spending half an hour wandering around a seemingly quiet, empty and dusty museum, we got to taste a platter of pure goodness. This heavenly platter included six wines of our choice, two different types of goats cheese and some delicious home-made cranberry sauce. A feast for ones palate. We simply could not get enough of the El Grifo Semi-Dulce (semi sweet). It was sweet, but not too sweet. Just sweet enough for you to want another glass. And maybe just one more.
We bought one bottle in the vineyard and about 5 more on return to Puerto Del carmen.In fact I think Ollie may even have bought 1 or 2 extra in the airport, much to the delight of his friends and family back home no doubt. The second winery, Le Geria, while nice, felt a lot more like a cattle mart than a peaceful winery. Tourists were herded on and off buses and into the shop on the hour every hour and there was nowhere to sit down and enjoy the wine. There was also no cheese tasting, a huge crime in Ollies eyes. Wine and no cheese?? What sort of devilment is this!!!
If you make it to Lanzarote but for some strange reason don’t make it on a wine tasting tour, fear not. Just ensure that you order a bottle of wine with dinner. And lunch. Every day. You’re sure to find one that you like, we sure did.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 97,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Check out this amazing video of the ‘Thai Tims’, kids from a school in Thailand, singing loud and proud about the legend that is Irish Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor.
Absolutely love these kids, such an inspiration for all.
Summer in Ireland this year fell on Friday 10th August, and what a beautiful summer it was. As luck would have it, some wise soul in Cork decided to organize a Flash Mob in Grand Parade so we could ‘dance into the weekend’ in style!
Normally flash mobs gather quickly, do something wacky, then quickly disperse. This one was different…and better! It lasted nearly an hour and everyone just danced their socks off, basking in the sunshine, and moving up and down and around the street to the beat, with not a car in the world! Here are a few pics I took before joining in the fun myself!
Happy Weekend Everyone!
So….You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been MIA for the last month or so. Life has been hectic to say the least and I have hardly has time to breath ket alone blog!!
What have I being doing you ask? Well let me quickly summarize the last month…
- Had an interview (and got the job !) managing a language school in Cork for the summer
- In the space of 3 days I finished up my Masters course in Holland, flew home for my friends going away party and my cousins hen party …and for training for my new summer job… and had an interview for another job with a Cork-based NGO.
- In the next 6 days I…Flew back to Holland, finished my final assignment, finished working in the Irish bar, packed up my apartment, said farewell to all the amazing friends I made in Groningen and flew back to Ireland once again.
- I walked off the plane and into a second round interview for the NGO job…and was informed the next day that….I had got the job!! So the next day I started my “other” new job which includes about a million hours a week minding, managing, dealing with, disciplining, helping, shouting, listening and anything else you can think of with 200 language students!!
- Last weekend I got to be bridesmaid for the 1st time, went cliff jumping with a friend, and had an allround awesome weekend. Next weekend is going to be equally great…why? Well you’ll have to wait and see!
So…sorry for not blogging regularly but I promise things will be back to normal soon enough!