Grimoire Notes – Gettin’ Spooky in July

[[Sorry for the delay in posts. I’m still in the midst of settling in back home – seeing friends, family, and working.]] One of the excellent parts of the area I work in, is that we are right across the street from the seasonal Halloween store. In years past, it would mark the transition of…

Grimoire Notes – Summer Solstice in Edmonton

Edmonton is a gorgeous summer city – provided the province isn’t on fire. With some of the most urban parkland in Canada (and maybe North America?), Edmontonians are accompanied by urban wildlife. This manifests in the skitter of brown squirrels, the curious bouncing of magpies, and the nighttime howling of coyotes. In spite of all…

Broomstick Notes – Edmonton

Returning home makes me feel a little bit like an alien – things are simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. This jarring effect at first was heightened by jet lag. But after a few days sleep (and wiping the bird poop off my bag – one of the few drawbacks to broom travel),…

Grimoire Notes – What to Pack for Ireland

Hello everyone, Whether you prefer a traveler’s backpack or a wheeled suitcase, here are some quick packing tips I have learnt for packing in Ireland: Smartphone, a charged power bank, and a physical map. Besides having the camera part covered with your smartphone, there is free wi-fi in Ireland at coffee shops, airports, and etc….

Grimoire Notes on Goodbyes

Walking along the river Corrib, the sun dappling through campus trees with an interlace of ivy along their trunks – the past couple of days have been warm in a soft way that makes you momentarily forget the world is on fire. Now that classes have ended my days have been filled with saying goodbye…

Grimoire Notes on Lilacs, Sacred Spaces, and Wales

I went to Wales in April. I briefly mentioned and posted some photos of the trip on Instagram and kind of left it at that because I am still kind of a newbie at this whole travel blog deal. Also, I forgot my camera for some of the most memorable parts of the trip and…

Grimoire Notes – If it’s mint to be it will be

If there is one thing I have noticed about Ireland versus Canada, it is the type of pharmaceuticals that are available. Back home, I can buy in bulk bottles from Costco my favourite types of ibuprofen (a monthly staple), but here I have to buy it all over the counter in teeny tiny blister packs….

Quick Check In

Hello everyone! If you check out my Instagram, I was in Wales last weekend, and have lots of photos there. A little bit before that was my last field class of the year and we visited some landscapes in the Burren shaped by the Famine. I should have done full on proper write ups for…

Grimoire Notes on Clonmacnoise

Hello Everyone, Here is another picture heavy post from my recent trip to Clonmacnoise. Clonmacnoise is also near the Shannonbridge area and I already have a couple of photos on my Instagram of the surrounding area. Clonmacnoise is an area brimming with geological, environmental, historical, and archaeological significance. Along this area runs the Eiscir Riada. …

Grimoire Notes on Lough Boora

As the school year draws to a close, my final field trips for the year have been in progress. On Friday was the trip for my Landscape and Archaeology course (which inspired this past blog post), and it was such an incredible day. It was one of those sunny days, enchanting in ways that make…