User:Alan1989

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That's County Carlow

Hello there! I'm from County Carlow - that's in the south-east of Ireland. I lived in Dublin for six years from 2008, and then moved to Vancouver, Canada in September 2014.

Travels[edit]

The skyline of my new home, Vancouver
Panorama from Mount Leinster, County Carlow

The way I see it is that we've only got a short while on this planet... we may as well see as much of it as we can. I joined Wikitravel in August 2006, as I began my attempts to make up for - what was - a lack of travel in my life. I've ticked many places off the bucket list since then, but many more remain.

Here's where I've been so far. Where multiple destinations occur, the place I spent the most time in appears first.

1999-2005[edit]

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
August 1999 Wales Pembroke Dock and Tenby Two ferries Family trip; first time leaving Ireland
18-25 August 2000 England Manchester and Liverpool Two planes Family trip
c. 30 April - 2 May 2004 England Liverpool and Warrington Two ferries School trip
2-9 July 2005 Spain Cala 'en Bosch and Cuitadella, Menorca Two planes Family trip

2006-2008[edit]

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
8-12 February 2006 Germany and Austria Munich, Dachau and Salzburg Two planes School trip
10-14 April 2006 Spain Salou, Barcelona and Montserrat Two planes School trip
8-13 August 2006 France Paris and Disneyland Paris Two planes Family trip
9-13 April 2007 Czech Republic Prague Two planes Family trip
6-13 June 2007 Italy Rome, Pompeii, Lido di Ostia, Vatican City, and Naples Two planes Family trip
Av. de Joan XXIII from Camp Nou, Barcelona
View from the Montparnasse Tower, Paris in 2006
The Colosseum in Rome, 2007

2009-2010[edit]

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
20-22 February 2009 Sweden Stockholm Two planes DCU Fotosoc trip
1-4 June 2009 Wales and England Aberystwyth and Birmingham Two planes With my older brother, sussing out the place
9-11 October 2009 Wales Aberystwyth Two ferries Visiting my older brother
9-13 February 2010 Hungary Budapest Two planes DCU Fotosoc trip
5-9 June 2010 Wales Aberystwyth and Swansea Two ferries Visiting my older brother
10-12 September 2010 Wales Aberystwyth Two ferries Visiting my older brother
Sveriges riksdag in Stockholm, taken from Stallbron in 2009
The sunny view from Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth, in June 2009
A look across the Danube from Mátyás-templom, Budapest in 2010

2011-2012[edit]

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
2-5 February 2011 Sweden Stockholm Two planes DCU Fotosoc trip
12-13 May 2011 Wales Aberystwyth Two ferries Visting my older brother
12-14 July 2011 Wales Aberystwyth Two ferries My older brother's graduation
31 October - 4 November 2011 Wales Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Hay-on-Wye Two ferries Visting my older brother
8-16 April 2012 Spain Valencia, Barcelona and Zaragoza Two planes With friends, internal travel by rail
2-6 July 2012 Wales Aberystwyth and Cardiff Two ferries Bringing my older brother home
Museo de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia in April 2012
An open road in Parc Natural de l'Albufera, south of Valencia
The Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Zaragoza
Looking west from Park Güell, Barcelona

2013 - August 2014[edit]

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
2-8 July 2013 Scotland Pitlochry, Edinburgh, Inverness, St Andrews and Loch Ness Two planes Visiting my younger brother
30 July - 9 August 2013 Sweden and Spain Skellefteå, Stockholm and Visby; Barcelona and Montserrat Four planes, two ferries Friends' wedding
17-25 November 2013 Canada Vancouver Four planes, including connection in Chicago Sussing out the place
18-21 April 2014 England London Two planes Visiting friends
29-31 August 2014 England London Two planes Visiting friends
Fisher's Close, off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in 2013
A ginger beer on a sunny day along the River Tummel in Pitlochry
A woman in costume during the 2013 Medieval Week in Visby, Gotland
View of the Palace of Westminster from the London Eye during Easter in 2014

September 2014-[edit]

Travel details since moving to Canada on 12 September 2014.

Dates Countries Cities / regions Transport Details
12 September 2014 Canada Vancouver Three planes, including connections in St John's and Toronto Moving to Canada
8-20 October 2014 Ireland Carlow, County Kerry and Dublin Six planes - four to Kerry (via Toronto, St John's and Dublin); two to Vancouver (via Toronto) Family funeral
24-26 January 2015 USA Seattle By bus First USA visit (apart from a connecting flight in Chicago in 2013)
13-15 February 2015 USA Portland By car With friends; first Airbnb
29-31 May 2015 USA Portland By car With friends
8-12 July 2015 USA San Francisco By plane (YVR-SFO) Visiting friends
6-13 September 2015 USA New York City Four planes (YVR-JFK; JFK-BOS-MSP-YVR) Visiting friends
28-29 November 2015 USA Seattle By bus and train NFL: Pittsburgh @ Seattle
21 December 2015 - 16 January 2016 Ireland Carlow, Dublin, County Kerry, Waterford and Cork. Four planes (YVR-ORD-DUB; DUB-YYZ-YVR) Trip home for Christmas
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I've been on 57 plane journeys and (excluding short-distance excursions) 20 ferry crossings.

My older brother lived in Aberystwyth from October 2009 to July 2012. I went there regularly during that time for its many attractions, but he was the main one.

Countries[edit]

An at-a-glance list of the countries I've been to so far:

Austria Germany Scotland
Canada Hungary Spain
Czech Republic Ireland Sweden
England Italy USA
France Wales

I haven't left Europe.... yet. I left Europe for the first time on 17 November 2013. I've visited these continents:

Plans[edit]

In 2011, I began compiling this (ambitious) list of places I'd like to go to. Since I've started this collection, it has unintentionally become very Europe-focused, but that will change as I research other continents some more.

This list isn't in order of preference - it goes first alphabetically by country, then by destination. (Last updated: June 16, 2014)

Europe[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Hallstatt, Austria -------------- March 22, 2014
Vienna, Austria -------------- October 23, 2012
Antwerp, Belgium -------------- January 26, 2012
Bruges, Belgium -------------- January 4, 2012
Brussels, Belgium -------------- January 4, 2012
Ghent, Belgium -------------- January 4, 2012
Dubrovnik, Croatia -------------- June 13, 2012
Vis, Croatia -------------- June 13, 2012
Trogir, Croatia -------------- March 22, 2014
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic -------------- March 22, 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark -------------- March 30, 2013
Bath, England -------------- December 14, 2011
Bristol, England -------------- December 14, 2011
Cambridge, England -------------- May 4, 2014
London, England April 18, 2014 November 23, 2011
Polperro, England -------------- March 22, 2014
Annecy, France -------------- March 22, 2014
Bonifacio, France -------------- March 22, 2014
Bordeaux, France -------------- November 23, 2011
Grenoble, France -------------- June 23, 2012
Nice, France -------------- November 23, 2011
Rennes, France -------------- November 23, 2011
Frankfurt, Germany -------------- December 14, 2011
Berlin, Germany -------------- November 23, 2011
Dresden, Germany -------------- March 20, 2013
Trier, Germany -------------- November 23, 2011
Athens, Greece -------------- December 19, 2011
Corfu, Greece -------------- December 19, 2011
Reykjavik, Iceland -------------- November 23, 2011
Ascoli Piceno, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Burano, Italy -------------- January 31, 2014
Cagliari, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Dolceacqua, Italy -------------- March 22, 2014
Florence, Italy -------------- November 25, 2011
La Maddalena, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Nuoro, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Padova, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Palermo, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Pisa, Italy -------------- November 25, 2011
South Tyrol, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Urbino, Italy -------------- February 26, 2012
Venice, Italy -------------- November 25, 2011
Amsterdam, Netherlands -------------- December 1, 2011
Maastricht, Netherlands -------------- December 1, 2011
Oslo, Norway -------------- November 23, 2011
Trollstigen, Norway -------------- February 28, 2014
Tromsø, Norway -------------- January 7, 2014
Auschwitz, Poland -------------- November 25, 2011
Krakow, Poland -------------- November 25, 2011
Poznań, Poland -------------- September 9, 2012
Warsaw, Poland -------------- November 25, 2011
Lisbon, Portugal -------------- May 4, 2014
Sintra, Portugal -------------- March 22, 2014
Saint Petersburg, Russia -------------- May 4, 2014
San Marino -------------- August 16, 2012
Pitlochry, Scotland July 4, 2013 May 9, 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland July 2, 2013 November 24, 2011
Fuerteventura, Spain -------------- November 25, 2011
Alicante, Spain -------------- January 18, 2012
Cordoba, Spain -------------- June 20, 2012
Girona, Spain -------------- September 19, 2012
Madrid, Spain -------------- November 25, 2011
Nacedero del Urederra, Spain -------------- January 15, 2014
San Sebastian, Spain -------------- January 25, 2012
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain -------------- June 16, 2014
Seville, Spain -------------- March 15, 2012
Sitges, Spain -------------- April 24, 2014
Tenerife, Spain -------------- November 25, 2011
Toledo, Spain -------------- November 25, 2011
Valencia, Spain April 8, 2012 December 30, 2011
Valldemossa, Spain -------------- March 22, 2014
Zaragoza, Spain April 12, 2012 February 28, 2012
Gävle, Sweden -------------- June 4, 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden -------------- November 24, 2011
Malmö, Sweden -------------- November 24, 2011
Skellefteå, Sweden August 2, 2013 March 30, 2013
Uppsala, Sweden -------------- May 4, 2014
Berne, Switzerland -------------- January 27, 2012
Gruyeres, Switzerland -------------- March 22, 2014
Lausanne, Switzerland -------------- January 27, 2012
Lucerne, Switzerland -------------- June 12, 2012
Zurich, Switzerland -------------- January 27, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey -------------- May 4, 2014

North America[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Montreal, Canada -------------- January 10, 2012
Toronto, Canada -------------- January 10, 2012
Vancouver, Canada November 17, 2013 November 20, 2011
Victoria, Canada -------------- June 16, 2014
Whistler, Canada November 20, 2014 June 16, 2014
Appalachian Trail, USA -------------- February 19, 2012
Atlanta, USA -------------- December 27, 2011
Big Sur, USA -------------- January 10, 2012
Boston, USA -------------- August 28, 2012
Chicago, USA -------------- December 16, 2011
Crater Lake National Park, USA -------------- February 3, 2016
Lake Havasu City, USA -------------- October 28, 2013
Las Vegas, USA -------------- January 10, 2012
Los Angeles, USA -------------- November 20, 2011
New Orleans, USA -------------- January 10, 2012
New York City, USA September 6, 2015 November 20, 2011
Palouse, USA -------------- February 26, 2015
Philadelphia, USA -------------- January 28, 2014
Portland, USA February 13, 2015 January 19, 2015
Sacramento, USA -------------- January 10, 2012
San Diego, USA -------------- January 10, 2012
San Francisco, USA July 8, 2015 January 10, 2012
Seattle, USA January 24, 2015 January 10, 2012
Washington, D.C., USA -------------- June 17, 2012
Yosemite National Park, USA -------------- January 10, 2012

South America[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Buenos Aires, Argentina -------------- October 14, 2012
Mar del Plata, Argentina -------------- October 14, 2012
Salta, Argentina -------------- September 16, 2012
Iguazu Falls, Brazil -------------- February 3, 2016
Valparaíso, Chile -------------- May 4, 2014
Quito, Ecuador -------------- May 31, 2013

Asia[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Siem Reap, Cambodia -------------- May 4, 2014
Beijing, China -------------- June 30, 2013
Hong Kong, China -------------- June 30, 2013
Shanghai, China -------------- May 4, 2014
Amritsar, India -------------- August 14, 2012
Hiroshima, Japan -------------- December 1, 2011
Oku-Hida Onsen Villages, Japan -------------- December 1, 2011
Tokyo, Japan -------------- December 1, 2011
Luang Prabang, Laos -------------- January 4, 2012
Ayutthaya, Thailand -------------- February 1, 2015
Bangkok, Thailand -------------- January 27, 2012
Chiang Mai, Thailand -------------- May 4, 2014
Ko Samui, Thailand -------------- February 1, 2015
Ko Tao, Thailand -------------- February 1, 2015
Lopburi, Thailand -------------- November 21, 2011
Pattaya, Thailand -------------- January 27, 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -------------- May 4, 2014
Bukhara, Uzbekistan -------------- February 26, 2015
Hanoi, Vietnam -------------- May 4, 2014

Africa[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Marrakech, Morocco -------------- May 4, 2014
Cape Town, South Africa -------------- January 27, 2012

Oceania[edit]

Destination Date Visited Date Added
Katherine, Australia -------------- November 24, 2011
Melbourne, Australia -------------- January 11, 2012
Perth, Australia -------------- January 11, 2012
Sydney, Australia -------------- November 24, 2011
Auckland, New Zealand -------------- January 11, 2012
Christchurch, New Zealand -------------- November 24, 2011
Dunedin, New Zealand -------------- January 11, 2012
Queenstown, New Zealand -------------- January 11, 2012

Ireland[edit]

Counties in Ireland which I still have to visit:

Leinster[edit]

Connacht[edit]

Ulster[edit]

(Trying to work out whether I've briefly been to Tyrone and Monaghan!)

Contributions to Wikitravel[edit]

Articles[edit]

I first joined Wikitravel in August 2006, and put together comprehensive initial drafts of these pages. Much of this, particularly the information relating to historical events, remains relevant and in place on the articles you see today.

Some of these have been actively maintained by others in the years since, but most could do with some tweaking and (more importantly), some updating. If you've knowledge of County Carlow, please jump in!

Photos & Graphics[edit]

All of the photos featured on my user page were taken by me, and are available on Wikitravel Shared.

There were few photos of Ireland on Wikitravel on 2006, and none at all of Carlow. So I grabbed my point-and-shoot FujiFilm FinePix, and snapped these to sit along what I had written. Advances in technology (and ability!) have led to far better photos since, and I hope to make these available on Wikitravel soon.

For now, enjoy this compilation of my first batch of photos - a snapshot of life in Carlow in 2006 and 2007.

Carlow Cathedral, 8 December 2006
Christmas at the Fairgreen Shopping Centre
Carlow Shopping Centre, and the old Carlow Cineplex
The Liberty Tree in Carlow Town, 8 December 2006
A map I created of County Carlow, pre-M9, in 2007
A street and amenity map I created of Carlow, as it was in 2007
Part of the marina in Leighlinbridge, with the Valerian bridge and the remains of the village's Norman castle in the background.
Mount Leinster, as seen from a distance of 15km. The panorama at the top of this page is a tad nicer :)
The underpass on Carlow's second inner relief road, used to illustrate local development in the mid-2000s

For more, follow me on Twitter: @alan_regan.