#181 Giants causeway

This fulfills my Bucketlist item 181

A long time ago, I stumbled upon photos of this incredible phenomenon in the vastness of interwebz. In Northern Ireland, there’s collection of these weird hexagonal bazalt pillars. As you can imagine, there are competing explanations for this incredible natural phenomenon.

One includes a Giant, Finn McCool (name almost as good as McLovin’) building a bridge to scotland, to fight another giant.

Another, completely bonkers explanation suggests that while basalt was cooling, cracks formed at the top and then penetrated lower and lower while the mass was cooling.

To me, one with the giant sounds more believable.

 

 

Getting there

Its pretty easy – and totally worth it to get there from Belfast. For 12 pounds you can get on route 252 from Belfast to Bushmills and then you can walk or take a city bus to “Giants Causeway – The nook” stop. That stop is right beside the causeway. You can consult schedule on Translink site.

Alternatively, there’s plenty of tours going there from almost any part of Ireland.

A nice walk

This is a stunning place with a  lot to offer. I highly recommend taking the Causeway Coast walking trail which is part if the “Ulster Way” . Its about 5 hour walk and its definitely worth the effort. On the way you can see:

  • Giants causeway on your own, without bus full of people getting in your photos
  • Majestic cliffs
  • Balintoy Harbor, where they filmed Game of thrones
  • Carrick-A-Rede bridge, phenomenal rope bridge to a fishing island
  • Sheep everywhere
  • Bushmills whiskey distillery

 

 

 

So you want to work at Automattic?

Today, it’s been precisely 6 months since I joined Automattic as JavaScript wrangler. All you’ve heard about how awesome this company is in fact an understatement!

It is out of this world!

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Working from out of this world.

I have started a blog dedicated to helping you get hired remotely. I have transfered this post there Click here to read -> .

PS: Working in Silicon Valley company was my Bucketlist #26

#180 See a space launch

This is my bucketlist item #180

I have always dreamt of seeing a space launch.

When I was just a small kid, my dad bought me a model of a Space Shuttle and we glued it together and later hanged it over my bed.

I was falling asleep staring at it and dreaming of endless possibilities and adventures aboard a Space Shuttle.

Sadly, the Space Shuttle program is cancelled. But my space dream still lives on, and during my visit to Florida, I was able to attend a launch.

Sadly, it was too late to buy bleacher tickets, but it turned out, that Playlinda Beach is the closest you can get to the launchpad.

And very early in the morning, I saw launch of Atlas V rocket.

 

 

#142 Swim with Manatees

This is my bucketlist item #142
I found a charming city of Crystal River, florida where you can legally swim with Manatees (they are an endangered species).
I call them Sea Pugs. They are called Se Cows, bit I truly think Sea Pugs is more fitting

 

Crystal River has about 70 springs with warm water. During winter season, Manatees come here to enjoy swimming in warmer waters.

If you have snorkeling gear, here is a pretty good spot to have a swim with those benevolent beasts

These creatures are truly gentle and impressive:

 

While I was swimming there, Dolphins decided to show up!

 

 

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Evernote for Travel

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During sightseeing, how would you like to have an interactive map with cool places to see, specifically suited to your preferences? A map with location of your airport, bus, hotel, with gps capability and tailored information about stuff you really want to see? Like opening hours, recommendations from your friends and information for YOU.

Well, you have and it’s name is (no surprise there), evernote.

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Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten on the cheap

 

I revisited Norway in 2018. I have to say,  places are a little bit more crowded now and paths to Trolletunga / Preikestolen / Kjeragbolten are much more organized.

Also, if you are taking a car – parking under Trolletunga is 500 NOK, under Preikestolem – 200 NOK and under Kjeragbolten 200 NOK as well.  I credit this post here with making it all so popular.

Version of the post from 2012:

 

My friends!

If you have not heard about neither Preikestolen nor Kjeragbolten, then you are living poor lives indeed. These places are frequently covered in “10 places you have to visit in your lifetime”, “20 places where you can find a lot of Poles”, and so on. It’s VERY beautiful!

But since you’re reading this post, I will assume you knaw the place I’m talking about :). Your focus is rather on “How to?” then on “What”. So I will share my experiences.

This is item #6 on My Bucketlist

Preparations

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