Paco on the move!

October is a heavy-duty travel month for my family. It began with my trip to North Adams for the Boiler House Poets Collective’s fifth fall residency at MASS MoCA. (There are several posts about it earlier this month.)

On Sunday, my father, known here as Paco, and my two sisters flew to Ireland! Apparently, on Grandparents’ Day in September, Paco had been talking by phone with his grandson L and they talked a lot about Ireland, which is where Paco’s grandparents were from. L then called his mom (my younger sister) and said, “You need to take Paco to Ireland – now.”

In short order, she arranged for an expedited passport for Paco, made reservations for flights, accomodations, and a driver, and made lots of lists so everything would go smoothly. My older sister joined in to help and they jetted from JFK Airport to Shannon. It was the first time Paco had flown on a jet. His last plane flight had been coming home from the Korean Conflict! (He had also served in World War II.)

The three of them are now in the middle of a week in Killarney. They have a driver to take them out to see the sights. They have been sending us some photos and updates. Here is my favorite one of Paco so far:
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This evening, they were at a pub with a singer/guitarist performing. My sister requested “Danny Boy” for my father and it seems that everyone in the pub fell in love with Paco. One woman even came over and danced with him for a bit! Of course, what’s not to love about a 94-year-old man in a US Navy SeaBee cap, who is visiting Ireland for the first time?

The Icelandic South Coast

Loving these blog posts from Iceland!

TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO

After a wonderful night gazing at the stunning Northern Lights, it was an early rise so that I could go exploring the South Coast of Iceland and eventually make it to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

Getting to Jökulsárlón from Reykjavik is far from a short drive! It can be done in a day, but if you aren’t hard pressed for time, doing it in two days is much more pleasant.

I was travelling through Iceland in September, given the time of year, it really should’ve been starting to cool down for the winter and the hours of sunlight should’ve been rapidly diminishing, but neither was the case. Unseasonably warm weather was upon me!

I was actually pretty unimpressed with this unseasonably warm weather – I had not left Australia – the ideal place if you like the idea living of living on the surface of the sun – for more warm weather!…

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