Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Our Weekend in a Nutshell

This weekend was mostly spent with Elle completing doing a school presentation on Ireland. We fell for the line of "all the work is being done at school, and all that will be left is assembling it on Bristol board". Ahem. Well, we did learn quite a bit about Ireland, and though that was interesting, after a week that included three late nights (school dance, Halloween, and sleepover) and excess candy consumption, cramming all that information over two days was not the easiest on Elle. Or me :) She did complete it beautifully, and we now know what hurtling is (a popular sport played in Ireland), and are well informed about the potato famine and the conflicts over the 20th century. Elle now has on her life's wish list to kiss the Blarney Stone ("Marie, it has been proven to bring you luck!"), and she discovered a dish she would like to try. And so our weekend ended with a delicious bowl of Irish Coddle. 

This weekend was also the time for Day of the Dead. When taking a break from her project, we set up an altar to honor our departed loved ones, and she and Pea helped make the Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) by shaping the loaves and their skull and bones. We did spend time enjoying some bread, drinking atole and reminiscing with heartfelt stories of lost family and pets. 

It is interesting how similar the traditions and beliefs (albeit more colorful) Day of the Dead is to the Chinese Qing Ming festival.


  1. OOh, you should have emailed Gary for help with the Irish project, he loves to talk about him home! Irish stew is another easy peasy dish, which whilst it sounds very bland, is actually really, really good comfort food.

    1. We'll have to try Irish stew next - we are definitely getting into comfort food season! Thanks for the offer - next time we need inside scoop on Ireland, we just might take you up on it :)


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