Tag Archives: northern ireland

roots of van tour – episode two

Thursday morning, up bright and early. Just kidding. Actually, it was bright – a nice day for a walk, so I headed out on foot for Espresso East for my book signing at 11. Now talk about cool. The staff at Espresso East had put out a huge spread for the signing, and I mean huge. Continue reading

stroke city

You’d call it Londonderry if you’re a Prod, Derry if you’re Catholic and if you just want everyone to be bipartisanly happy, you’d call it Stroke City – Derry/Londonderry was where we were headed Friday night. We’d seen on the news that there’d been two explosions go off the day before, which made us realize that peace is a relative term in this city that will forever be identified with “The Troubles.” Apparently these bombs are not an unusual event, and nowadays, the perpetrators phone in before they set them off, so everyone can evacuate. Categorized as a nuisance more than anything else, I guess. Continue reading