bunnyfish adventures

June 5, 2009, 1:01 am
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This is not Dublin, but I kinda liked it more.

Howth: This is not Dublin, but look at that mist!

I went this past weekend to Dublin, a city I expected to look… less new. Somehow, I’ve been spoiled a bit by living in the quaint town of Delft that magically stores nerdy tech students infinitely in its canals (or perhaps in the wind).

The first day I got there before my companions, so I decided on a day trip to Howth, pronounced more like “Hoath,” to walk around the peninsula. I was surprised by the public prevalence of written Gaelic, and then while on the train ride to Hoath I realized it didn’t matter whether which language local young teenage girls spoke, because I couldn’t understand anything with their accents.

map-howthNear the beginning of my journey around the peninsula (my free map from a coffee shop makes it look very Lord of the Rings), fate brought me to a fellow lone traveler from Germany named Oda, who was stood up last second by her friend for her birthday trip to Dublin.

We happily trekked along the surprisingly empty, surprisingly steep, surprisingly narrow path for the first hour or two… and a bit more tired for the remaining couple hours getting back to the train station.

For the rest of the weekend we hit up the touristy stuff, but also stopped by a small design market on Saturday that was a bit eclectic.  I bought a necklace from Aoife, who is on a mission to bring bone-carving back to its Irish roots (who knew it started there?).  Apparently the butcher starts gathering bones when he sees her coming.  Nice.

Other favorites from the trip:

  • more decently priced and locally brewed beer at Messrs. Maguire
  • food from the Hairy Lemon
  • old school Guinness advertisements illustrated by John Gilroy

And one surprising thing I found was that I missed the size of Dutch beers.  Half a liter of beer is just too much for me if I want to do anything other than sit down and be lazy.  Really lazy.

Click on me for photos.  Incomplete set until I see BSJ again.

Click on me for photos. Incomplete set until I see BSJ again.

busy bee
May 21, 2009, 2:22 pm
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Things have been busy over the past month. These are things that should be elaborated on, but will remain as a list with links for now.

  • I joined a rowing student association, Proteus-Eretes.
  • My parents came to visit!
  • I went to Milan with Iñigo, Robin, Yoshi, and Tal to see the Salone del Mobile and other galleries.
  • I went promptly to Boston where I saw many people and yet not everyone.
  • I participated in a 10-day workshop with the architecture faculty on designing a multisensory user experience
  • Next weekend, I’m headed to Dublin to meet up with Brian, Sumesh, and Jenn.

Wandering around Germany
November 12, 2008, 11:51 pm
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dom_colognei went away
for a while
just to come back again

Because I have a lot of photos from this past weekend, I’m trying out the facebook album approach.  (There are three, click the links above.)

Yoshi, Robin, Hiro (Yoshi’s friend visiting from Japan), and I had an excursion to Germany to look at some museums and “get inspiration.”  Places we visited were Zollverein (renovated coal mine now art scene) in Essen, the cathedral and museums in Köln/Cologne (Kolumba, Museum of Applied Art, and Museum Ludwig), and briefly Düsseldorf.  Food culturally, I had me some German beer, sausage, pretzel, and berliner.

Travel disasters were kept to a relative minimum.  We had a slightly unpleasant encounter with a cab driver who took us to another hostel of the same name in another town at 2AM after we overshot our stop on the train.  There was obviously lots of walking, and lots of climbing (we scaled the dom tower [509 steps, supposedly], our first hostel was on a hill in the middle of the woods, and we stayed on the 5th floor in our second hostel).

The red dot design museum at Zollverein had a lot of stuff to look at and play with (the more fun part!).  Kolumba had a really interesting space, unfortunately I didn’t know anything about the pieces since I couldn’t read German.  The Museum of Applied Art was a random find, but the design exhibit was rather awesome and the presentation was much more digestible than the first museum.  Museum Ludwig had many Picasso pieces, a sweet audio bar installation, and had a lot more that I’m not mentioning.

I mourned the fact that museums do not like to open on Mondays.  I stalked the chocolate museum in Köln at night to compensate.  (… I was so close to it without knowing it earlier on Sunday!  I was really sad.)  Thank goodness for glass.

And when I got home I was really happy to be on a bike.  My mind was refreshed, but my feet were quite dead.