Korea in Sligo

Time for a slightly different post before we start another challenge, instead of hiding behind metaphors I’ll just write about a day we had.

After waking up and seeing there is finally no rain or snow but sunshine Paulina and me decided to go somewhere.  I admit we were tired of always going on trips with our dogs because they limit us from certain activities like going to a restaurant, shop or a museum. Thus we left them home, every dog owner knows that a dog will manage few hours alone in the house. As a fact, dogs have no problems with sleeping for most of the day when there is nothing to do.

Not wanting to leave them for too long we decided on Sligo town as its only an hour drive and is by the ocean.

We somehow drove through Sligo instead and found a Glencar Waterfall. Small but very pretty place, it was also an inspiration for W. B. Yeats poem ‘The Stolen Child’.

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Next we made our way back to Sligo, walked for a bit around the town and went to a beach small distance away. At the particular spot we went to a lot of people came with their dogs. I always knew that Paulina creates bonds with animals extremely quickly but what happened was simply strange. While we were walking random dogs came up to her to play, I don’t mean they were walking by and came up to greet her. The dogs ran 200-300 meters away from their owners towards Paulina bringing her stones to throw them. One of the owners who was with Lessie, yes she named her after the movie because she looked the same was very surprised the Lessie was winning in excitement as according to her she only does that for family members.

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Because Paulina fell in love with Korean culture, music and is learning the language I decided that instead of going home from the beach we will go back to town because when we were walking there I saw Miso a Korean and Japanese restaurant.

It turned out to be a fantastic choice, the restaurant is small but cosy, few tables, sushi bar at the entrance and a busy kitchen in the back where an elder Korean couple (presumably) creates delicious dishes. The waiters were both Irish and Korean creating an atmosphere that was so nice that I didn’t notice there was no music until we left.

We ordered Yakitori for starters and Kimchi pork fried rice and Chicken Katsu for main topped with green tea ice cream mochi for dessert. Even got free soup. The thought of eating with chopsticks while the staff is looking made me sweat but luckily I had no problem with them and managed to make less mess than with a fork as I usually do. Although my technique must suck because my hand was sore and shaking all the time. Anyway,   if anyone is in Sligo, Miso is a nice place to visit.

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After a good meal and on the way back home an hour of Jazz was all that we needed to top it all off.

Coral Beach

I would like to start the first article with our most recent trip and then jump into the past with other articles.

For those who have been to this little magical place on the Emerald Ireland there is not much to read but you might like the photos.

Since we heard a lot of good about this place we decided to go ourselves, because it’s the Atlantic ocean and it likes to rain we packed sets of spare clothing, food and water as once it didn’t go so well for us and I had to drive around 300km completely soaked.

We recently moved closer to the middle of Ireland so now it was only a distance of 177km. I packed the bags and my girls into the car, put on some 80’s tunes and off we went.

It took us a long time to get there longer then I would expect as it was almost 3hr drive but that’s because lately I am forced to obey speed limits, including few stops and rain which brought down visibility to 15%. None the less it was a pleasant drive full of laughing and singing.

At last we have arrived at the destination and for a second I felt some disappointment as I thought it will be a lot bigger but that feeling was soon gone. It looked like nothing special and yet it was.

So what is so nice about you wonder mainly the sand on the beach , which is not sand at all. It will fool you from the distance until you step on it, honestly I did not notice any sand at all when I was there. If not sand then what? All that you see is pieces of coral reef and tiny shells.

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Fun fact, because the layer of shells and coral reef is so high and has plenty of space in between, the waves that crash on the beach don’t flow back to the ocean as on a sandy beach but rather disappear into the ground. Another interesting thing is that there are plenty of jelly fish and I mean plenty from tiny ones like a penny and bigger ones like a dinner plate with various colours as well. I have noticed 4 colour types: clear(see through), red, black and blue. I don’t know much about them but if you would like me to write about stuff like this in somewhat scientific detail just say it and I will. In the mean time have a look yourself.

Right now I don’t have much more to write as we didn’t stay there very long we played around with the doggies and while Paulina was taking plenty of pictures I decided to take some of the beach home. 20170730_160707.jpg

In the next two post you will get to know the dogs individually form puppy to present time.