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The 14 days of Valentine tribute to the love of couchsurfing continues – but not for long!

DAY 13 – DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND

HE: Lecturer about Northern Ireland’s “Troubles”

Geese and chickens right in front of the cheapo Beauvais Airport, France

Geese and chickens right in front of the cheapo Beauvais Airport, France

After we left Balagny-sur-Therein, we drove to the airport and caught a cheapo Ryanair flight to Dublin.  We picked up a rental car and headed north.  We had booked an apartment in central Derry so we didn’t stay with Rockclimber but he was willing to host our car so we wouldn’t have to pay for parking.  When we arrived, he told us that he wished we hadn’t booked the apartment because we could have sorted ourselves out in his flat.  He had listed his maximum number of guests as two but he would have absolutely fixed things for all six of us to stay.

One of the famous Bogside murals, Derry.

One of the famous Bogside murals, Derry.

We had a great time touring the city with Rockclimber and then enjoying a pint in his hipster bar.  Derry was one of our favourite places of our whole trip and Rockclimber was certainly one of the reasons why.

Coronation Street film set?  Nope, these are houses in the Bogside, Derry.

Coronation Street film set? Nope, these are houses in the Bogside, Derry.

Rockclimber’s hat is warm because he is pretty much bald and Northern Ireland is cold, windy and rainy.  The style is hipster-ish which I think suits him.  He’s definitely not a full-fledged hipster but ish about sums up his degree of hipsterness.  The hat is knit in Cascades Jewel and knit on 5 mm/US 8 needles.  The pattern is the Jewel Earflap Hat available for free from Cascades.

Rockclimber hat

Rockclimber hat

hat derry2

The earflaps make it hipster-ish.

Today’s Quote of the Day comes from Greg the Yoga Teacher.  Greg always has an eloquent way to describe things and man, could I relate to what he said today.  For those of you unfamiliar with yin yoga, it is a form of passive yoga where you are supposed to relax every muscle to really stretch.  Poses are held for 3-5 minutes and you are supposed to feel constant discomfort.  As soon as you are comfortable, you should stretch a bit deeper.  That discomfort is called “playing the edge”.

When doing yin, I like to think of my body as a bunch of squabbling children.  Some are goody goodies, some are annoying, some are attention seekers.  But you still love them all equally.  The thing is to figure out what kind of vibe to send out that will get them to become harmonious.