“Ah jay-sus! I was bleedin’ hammered. Did ya get the shift?” – Irish Slang 101.

Paddy's Day 2009

We dress like this all the time, I'll have you know

It was only when I was on Erasmus that I became aware of just how much slang my friends and I actually use when talking to one another. Too often were our Russian, Polish, German, Australian, and even British friends left staring blankly at us as we continued to babble on. So, here’s a selection – I could go so far as to call it a translation – of common Irish slang words and phrases. Should you ever find yourself on our beautiful green isle, they’ll definitely come in handy. Continue reading

Sweating the Coins in Rome

The Colosseum in all her glory

How about this for a "come hither" photo?

Sitting happily in a small café in Rome, I thought our pleasant conversation had taken a turn for the worst when my friend looked me square in the eye and said “conto“. I was quite taken aback! What had I done?! Then I realised it was actually what I hadn’t done; paid. She was asking for the bill in Italian. It was with relief that we paid for our coffee and continued exploring the glorious city that is Rome. Continue reading

Berlin: Sensational Sausages, Brilliant Beer, Craicin’ Culture

On of many cool painting on the East Side Gallery wall

Thumbs up for Berlin

With Winter exams fast approaching, my friends and I took procrastination to a whole new level: 4 DAY BERLIN TRIP! Despite looming tests , the amazing Christmas markets, fascinating museums and other cool sights took priority. Continue reading

Romantic Rendez-Vous in Paris

Carousel at Sacre Coeur

We had to race to ahead of the children to get the spinning cups - totally worth it!

I have many fond memories of Paris but the weekend my boyfriend came over is one of my warmer ones. While I’m always aware of how beautiful Paris is, I find it’s even more so when with the one I love (probably because I’m not resenting any happy couples like I did when by my lonesome). So lovebirds, hitch your cupid arrows to your backs and prepare for a post full of sweet (and cheesy) things to do in the City of Love.

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Effective Travel Budgeting: 10 Ways To Ensure You Save.

Eurosaver Cow

Every little helps!

Making a realistic budget can be tricky to get the hang of but once you do, it saves heaps. Doing a proper one takes time as you have to look up costs, but it’s worth your while; not only does it let you know how much you can afford to spend, but it stops you falling into the trap of spontaneous and unnecessary spending when in the holiday spirit; that raid on the gift store, that “novelty” photo with some randomer in a toga, that large dessert after dinner etc – it all adds up… but doesn’t have to! Continue reading


Enjoying the novelty of the box phone booths

Enjoying the novelty of the box phone booths

Fast paced, busy, bursting with British culture – the few times I’ve been there have always left me wanting to go back for more. London is also one of my most extreme shallow-pocketing experiences – both with the lengths I went to stretching my euro and how it all went disastrously wrong! Continue reading

Paris: Land of the Ou-La-La!

On top of the Eiffel Tower

This photo got me some strange looks...

Having lived in Paris for a year, I’ll be doing a lot of posts about it for ShallowPockets, revealing my favourite haunts and lesser-known places to explore. The weekend my friend, Martin came to visit is the perfect adventure to start with as some friends of his were in Paris for their first time. Only staying for a day, the pair of us gave them a crash tour – I didn’t think it possible to squeeze so much out of a few hours, but we did it and on-the-cheap too! Continue reading