The vagaries of social media sometimes pass me by despite my love of all things tech and gear. Years after 'stories' became a thing, I've finally worked out that they are fun to use and was astonished when someone on Facebook commented on an Instagram post. I hadn't paid enough attention to see that my … Continue reading A short ode to an Irish summer (an Insta hit!)
This is the script from Episode 004 of the Planet Patrick Podcast published today. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify or Apple, or most good podcast sites. It is also available on YouTube. The show details can be found by clicking here. Today I’m thinking about local and global, near and far and the question … Continue reading Near & Far: Planning Travel, Warrenpoint & the French Road Trip 2021 [Podcast Script 004]
You may wonder why I'm showing you a picture of my (dusty) VW Golf. Indeed and you'd be right. This is just opposite my office at Queen's University in Belfast. I've gotten sick of paying WAY over the odds for a car parking space at Belfast City Airport. When you're away for a couple of … Continue reading Back to Belfast Hotels – Ibis Queens Quarter – a homely hotel at a humble price!
During lockdown in Northern Ireland, very few hotels were permitted to stay open, and only for essential reasons. One of them was the Premier Inn on Alfred Street in the heart of Belfast. Now, education was listed as an essential reason, a purpose I used sparingly as I could often go to Belfast and back … Continue reading Is this the cheapest hotel in Belfast? £35 a night Premier Inn
This was *such* a fun trip to take and vlog to make. I have been posting some travel videos over the past few years and the timing and content was (cough) *ramshackle! They've been for fun and that's cool. When I watch something, I do appreciate some structure, some speaking and some quiet moments, so … Continue reading British Airways E190SR – first post-lockdown flight! Belfast City to London City – Trip Report!
I have been walking a little-known trail between Newry and Warrenpoint in County Down for the past couple of months. It gets traffic only from hikers, ambitious dog-walkers and mountain and trail bikers making the most of the steep slopes, great trails and slippy downhill tracks. Folly in Big Wood Imagine my shock when out … Continue reading Secret Castle: Big Wood, Warrenpoint, N Ireland
Restrictions in Ireland started to ease slightly after May 10th, 2021, and so off I went in my wee car from Northern Ireland to the deep South (permitted) to visit my friend Sara. Yes, Sara of Riverdance, Anuna, Suantrai and general teaching excellence! We had great craic: good food, a nice bottle of wine (ouchy … Continue reading Ireland Reopens: I visit Gorey, Co. Wexford after Covid restrictions
So there I am, amidst the research and trying to write and attending conferences on Zoom (yah-boo!) and suddenly it's over four months since Christmas. Four more months at home, shuttling around, making deals with myself that it'd just be for a few more weeks. I was burning, not quite out, but the candle was … Continue reading How I spent a week off my PhD
Belfast is the starting point for my 2017 round-the-world trip! The first lounge that I got to try on my recently acquired Priority Pass was the Causeway lounge at Belfast International Airport. It's situated airside between gates 16 and 17 and is clearly signposted. The staff were friendly and reminded me (at 9am) that only three alcoholic … Continue reading Lounge: Belfast International – Causeway