January 6th, 2008
The past week has been great fun, catching up with Orlaâ€™s friends and family in and around Dublin, replete with terrific food and drink.
A particular highlight has to be the trip down to Wicklow to visit our friends Maeve and Danny, like-minded exiles from San Francisco who have built a new life here in Europe. Maeve and Danny live in a farmhouse near Glendalough which Maeveâ€™s family have owned for at least two centuries. The farmhouse, newly restored by Danny, is a charming whitewashed cottage that in years gone by would have been insulated by a thick layer of thatch. If you close your eyes and picture the iconic Irish country residence (and providing you slap on the thatch yourself), chances are youâ€™ll be imagining something like their home. The interior is laid out with all their personal effects from San Francisco, so that walking inside returns us to their days back â€œhomeâ€. Maeve picked us up from Orlaâ€™s parentâ€™s home in Dublin, a service she swore took less than an hour to execute; and true enough she swore, for sheâ€™s adopted what I understand to be the Wicklow driving style, which amounts to ploughing down narrow country lanes at autobahn-like speed.