Photo An Hour || 19.12.2015

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As it’s the last photo an hour of the year, I went all out. I started at midnight, since I was awake, although I promptly fell asleep after starting, then I crossed the Atlantic ocean and got to re-do about seven hours, before falling asleep at a very respectable 7pm. New York time. Not Belgium time, that was more like 1am. Although I can’t be sure, all this time change has confused me. That’s why it’s 5am and I’m putting together this blog post.

I almost didn’t write this blog post up, because the photos are kind of crap. Being stuck indoors, and worse, being stuck in a plane, for eight hours, does not make for good (or interesting) photos. But, I’m hoping some of the photos redeem themselves, and there is a photo of pizza, so there’s that.

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12AM :: Cosy-ing up on the sofa, replying to comments when I should be finishing the last of my packing.

1AM :: We finally finished packing for our trip. I was even organised enough to get out the clothes I want to wear on the plane. This would be a life-win, if it wasn’t one in the morning.

2AM :: Time to sleep! No Chopster to keep us company tonight, he’s having his own little holiday at a friend’s house whilst we’re away.

6AM :: Back up, time for some breakfast–mango and banana smoothie, if you’re interested–and then we’re off to the train station. Shocking news: We’re not running late.

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7AM :: Choo choo! To the airport we go!

8AM :: With all this warm weather and having to decorations of our own, we sort of forgot about the holidays, but the airport was ready to remind us with many, many Christmas trees.

9AM :: An airport sunrise. I could watch these all the time, except it’s kind of pricey to get to the airport.

10AM :: A plane selfie. What else could you use for your stuck on a plane for eight hours photo.

And so it begins: hours and hours of photos from the same place without trying to look like I’m taking photos of other people trying to go about their business.

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11AM :: Kris’s armadillo jumper on the plane.

12PM :: Lunch on the plane. We went for the fruit platter, since there was no specific vegan option, it was alright, except the part where it appeared to have come out of a freezer and lead to fruit-induced brain freeze.

1PM :: Film on the plane. After having a nap, reading my book, napping again, staring into nothing and then going through every menu on the screen, I settled on watching Divergent.

2PM :: Windows on the plane. People on the plane.

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3PM :: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on the plane. Kris and I won a million. I tried to take a photo to prove it but I wasn’t quick enough. Turns out, you don’t actually win a million though. It was all a lie.

4PM :: Another film on the plane. Ratatouille, this time.

5PM :: Seats on the plane.

1PM :: Time for a time change and another airport Christmas tree.

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2PM :: It only took us an hour to get through the airport and to the train station. Now to wait for our New York City bound train!

3PM :: A little Times Square teaser, trying to fit as much America in one photo as possible. Yellow cab: check. Tall buildings: check. Hanging traffic lights: check. Huge billboards: check. A boat-load of people: check.

4PM :: Heading to our BnB for the night and getting our first glimpse of the skyline. Not too shabby at all.

5PM :: Pizza time! All the veggies and no cheese from Dominos. Nom nom nom.

life as unusuals photo an hour december 2015 new york city edition

6PM :: Must. Stay. Awake.

7PM :: Screw it. Time to sleep.

And that was Saturday! Now it’s time to get up and go check out some dinosaurs!

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Ireland || Hiking The Cliffs Of Howth

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Yes! My favourite part of our trip to Dublin: Our walk to Howth followed by a hike around the cliffs. I would have written about it sooner, but it took me a while to choose which photos to share. So, I’m now concluding all my Dublin talk with this post instead.

We only started hiking this year and it’s become one of my favourite things to do. I’m not even sure if what we do is considered hiking or whether we are just going on really long walks, but either way I’m happy, and next year is going to be the year of hiking. And cycling, when we replace Kris’s bike.

Anyhow, we thought we’d make the most of our weekend in Dublin and head out for a hike somewhere. We were torn between the mountains that are to the south of Dublin and the coast, we obviously went for the coast in the end. We never did take our usual trip to the coast in the summer, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity now.

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Despite having every intention of taking the train to Howth, we ended up walking from our AirBnB instead. I’m glad we did, we got to take in the remnants of the night before’s Halloween celebrations and enjoy the brisk morning fog. This did add another two hours of walking to our day, but it was totally worth it to enjoy the morning sunshine and watch everything wake up, since we appeared to be the only people out walking at 9am on a Sunday.

We arrived in Howth around midday, stopped to re-fuel ourselves with chips and then decided to crack on with the hike: The Bog of Frogs hike, which I thought was a pretty cool name. Not that I saw any frogs, or bogs on the hike, but that could have been because we did the last hour of the hike in darkness.

We picked up the trail directions, as well as a handful of other eager hikers in the town and began the uphill climb to the cliff top.

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We set off around 1pm, the information board said “12km, 2-3 hours”, so we were pretty sure we would get back before sunset. What the information board didn’t take into account was: stopping for photos of every view, stopping to allow people past who’d decided to walk the hike backwards, stopping to eat, stopping to get confused about which way to go, taking a detour down the cliff to check out the beach and then watching the sunset we were trying to get back before on said beach.

The hike started off busy and slow, since it was the beginning of the four different hikes that were signposted. It was more a test of generosity, with stopping every two minutes to let someone walking towards you come through, than a test of fitness or shoe comfort.

The path wasn’t too bad, it was narrow but not too close to the cliff edge, We spent most of the hike following each other until we reached the point where the hikes went separate ways. One straight on and three to the right. Everyone chooses to go right, we choose to go straight on. Everyone else made it back into town, relaxed and well before dark. We were stupid. But at least we got to walk next to each other, hand-in-hand, like the sickening romantics we are.

Not really, I need two hands to work the camera and I’m usually trailing behind because I’m still trying to photograph that damn Robin that keeps moving.

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And thus, we did not make it back before sunset at all. But the sunset was absolutely worth it.

I wasn’t saying that at the time, I was mostly wondering about bears, how not to step in mud and, how to navigate crossing the golf course when we couldn’t see the markers for the fog–oh yeah, it was nice and dark and, nice and foggy. That whole the fog descends, engulfing everything and transporting you into a horror movie thing. Yeah, that was the last 5km.

Next time, I’m going to take less photos and walk a little faster.

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We eventually made it back into town, ate more chips and took the train back to Dublin. I’m not quite hardcore enough to walk there and back, that’s too much for my feet. Plus, it had also started raining.

It was an amazing day perfect little glimpse into the beautiful landscape of Ireland. Any recommendations for future Ireland trips? 

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Ireland || The Deer Of Phoenix Park, Dublin

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I had these grand plans of writing three blog posts a week before we head off to New York and sharing all the bits from our weekends in Florence and Dublin, as well as some other bits and bobs that I’ve wanted to write about. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Although, with only a week to go before we leave, it might still happen. There was some kind of schedule and plan involved but that went out of the window after two posts, so now we’re just winging it.

So, in the spirit of still trying to write about everything before we go away, here’s another post, not about festive things, but about our trip to Dublin.

On the last day of a trip, before our flight in the afternoon, we spent the morning in Phoenix Park searching for wild deer. I’d come across something online that had said they could be found there so off we went to see what we could find.

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Since the park is so big, we tried to find out if there was a particular area of the park that the deer can be seen in, a few places online said around the area of St. Mary’s Church so that’s where we went. We took the bus to the park and got off at the at the closest entrance to St. Mary’s church and began our deer searching adventure.

When we got there, the morning fog was still hanging around so we spent the first half an hour wandering around enjoying the eerie, yet peaceful, fog.

And slowly, but surely, the fog started to lift and about a hundred deer were wandering around, grazing on the grass and it was just a wonderful sight.

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We watched the deer for over half an hour, inching closer and closer to get more photographs without disturbing them. I love having my zoom lens for occasions like this, I love being able to take the close up photos without being too close that the deer might be scared off or stop acting naturally.

It was the perfect end to our trip and, the first time I’ve ever seen wild deer. I’m so ready to see some more! Have you ever seen wild deer? That question was lame, don’t answer that. 

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