Monday, June 29, 2015

Destination: Ireland (Part 2 - the roadtrip concludes)

Blarney Castle

The remainder of our Irish adventure took us to the southern and western coasts, as well as a return back to Dublin. It was mostly off of the tourist trail, and more of a re-tracing of our ancestors' lives in various towns and ports.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: Human for scale

Took a trip to DC this past week, although almost no exploring took place due to time constraints. Near my hotel was the National Cathedral, an Episcopal church that is the sixth largest cathedral in the world. It is a truly massive structure, and the neo-gothic design exudes power and solemnity. The inside was equally impressive: my favorite aspect were the three levels of stained glass windows. The ground floor featured scenes from American history, while middle and upper levels featured scenes from the Old and New Testament. Flags from each state also lined the central aisle inside.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Destination: Ireland (Part 1 - west coast, best coast?)

Within six hours after wrapping up semester in Chicago, I was on a plane to Ireland. I was thrilled to have the chance to visit the land of my ancestors, as most of my family tree hails from the Emerald Isle,  With the majority of the current Kramer crew meeting up in Dublin (sorry, sis), the decision was made to rent a van and drive across the country, aka an Irish road trip. I never anticipated that all of those trips to sibling baseball games and dance recitals would have prepared me for the week ahead.