What up? I hope life is treating you well over in Tokyo. Thins are just swell here in California. I am in way over my head at work and I am in desperate need of a vacation. The only problem is that just a few weeks ago I returned from a two week stint over in the homeland where I visited with cousins and even got to see where my dad was born! Unlike the last time I visited, I actually had time to leave Dublin for a few days and get out into the country. I got to see the house my dad grew up in, which has a bar and general store attached to it that was owned and operated by my Grandad-see pics. One is of me and my cousin James Kelly standing outside our grandad’s old place. Another is of the village of Carrick, County Donegal, wheremy dad grew up. Another is of myself and James again standing atop Sleive League aka Bonglas. These are the highest seacliffs in Europe and are located just a few minutes from Carrick. It was really great seeing all of that stuff for the first time. Growing up I had seen all the old pictures and heard all the stories but to see it up close and to see how it most likely hadn’t changed much since my father was there was really something special.
I have been traveling like a mother as of late. I was in Boston, LA, Ireland and now San Fran all in the last two months (all two week trips) and I am pooped. Hopefully my schedule will not change anytime soon as I am scheduled to work in the city of Cleveland for the month of August and two of those weeks I can even walk to my client!
I got to spend a bit of time in SF over the weekend for fun and found myself at the Asian Art museum which is located right in the heart of the city’s Civic Center. It reminded me of Cleveland’s public Mall where the city planners place all of the civic buildings along an open rectangular public space. Anyways, the current exhibit was Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile. It was pretty interesting and certainly worth the admission price. I am sure I told you before that SF is one of my favorite cities to visit and I was reminded of that all over again on this trip. It is so pretty and so full of thriving neighborhoods. This trip I even made it over to Oakland, but that was only for a ride on the Bay Bridge, you know, the double decker one that didn’t fare so well in the Oakland quake of 88 or 89.
While out in the city I met a friend of a friend who spent a summer in Yokohama a year ago. Of course we talked and talked about all the great places we saw and things we did and I even one up’d him when I told him about Hakone. He had not heard of it, but did tell me that visiting a hot spring was one thing that he just didn’t get the opportunity to do while over there.
Hey, I have go to get back to work so I can some sleep tonight – I’ll need it tonight so I can work all day then take the red-eye back to C-town for a meeting Friday – oh the life of an accountant!
I’ll look forward to hearing back from you when you get a moment. So be sure to keep me updated as to when you plan to visit OH again. Give my best to Hitome,