Friends + Wine = Porto Wine Hostel!

Friends and Wine. Is there a better combination?

To me, the best thing about traveling, isn’t the site seeing, exploring the architecture of a city or the beautiful countryside, nor is it experiencing the local culture and its culinary specialties. Please don’t misunderstand me, those are all fantastic and I cherish each one. When I reflect back on any adventure or journey, what I most fondly recall are the encounters with locals and other travelers that blossom quickly into friendships. God directed my journey, controlling the decisions I made of where to stop and how long to stay, so He could bring me to this exact spot at this exact time.

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London’s Warm Embrace

Oh London! How I have missed you. I was last here in 2014 with my best friend Cecil on our way to India for a 3 week adventure. While we only had about a 10 hour layover, we hurried to the Heathrow Express into Paddington station. In such a short time you can’t do a lot of what London has to offer but what you can squeeze in by just getting off at the Waterloo (or Westminster) station can easily fill several hours. Cecil had never experienced London despite being raised in Leeds as a young boy as his parents were immigrating to what would eventually be America. Coming up the steps into the warm sunshine and light breeze on a partly cloudy day, the excitement beaming from Cecil’s enchanting smile. We hopped into line for the Eye, boarded one of its cabins and ventured around its circle with great views of old London. Where it’s hearty history lies.

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Delight in Dingle & Foxy John’s 

When you find yourself on a Monday, or any day for that matter, guide yourself to the Dingle Peninsula and settle in for a sippy (if not tipsy) and fun night in Dingle. A town as perfectly placed along the sea as Sausalito is in the bay area of California. Getting lost in this small town will be a joyous occasion. Trust me. If you hate the idea of getting lost while driving a manual shift car on inclined roads, rest assured this will be five minutes you will not wish you had back. For there is no better way to get to know Dingle than to be lost along its tiny roads, appreciating its multi-colored buildings, its multitude of pubs attached to their namesake B&B, and admire its many smiling faces wandering the streets as they greet each other with warm embraces. Also, in that five minutes you will have memorized all six streets that dominate this little gem of an Irish town. You will ask yourself which was worth more in getting lost. What you saw or what you learned. 

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Go Live. Go Love.

My New Year’s Eve commenced over the Atlantic somewhere between yesteryear and the future. But really in consciousness between Nova Scotia and Iceland as the mock plane on the map displayed on the screen in front of me slowly progressed toward my physical destination, London. Embarking upon a different life’s path than 99% of us will ever be able or willing to venture down, is all things intimidating, scary, exciting and freeing. Making such a decision to sell 90% of your earthly belongings, leaving everything familiar to stretch your wings and fly in the direction of something unknown, is not an easy one.

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