Author Archives: j.ball

About j.ball

I took all the thoughts rumtumbling in my head, and I put them in this blog.

Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night

I’ve fallen in love. When we first met, I really wasn’t sure how I felt. The newness, the intensity, it was all just so overwhelming. But with time the nerves subsided, and romance bloomed. The dinners at Naschmarkt, the gelato … Continue reading

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Red Whine

For the past two weeks, my sister and I have been taking over Europe. When she first arrived, I got to play guide as we blitzed through Vienna doing all the obligatory sight seeing and eating. Our next stop was … Continue reading

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‘Twas Savage Craic, T’Be Sure

“Who here likes crack?” These were the first four words of spoken by my tour guide. Curled sleepily (but anxious) in the back seat, I swore I didn’t hear him correctly. I began to wonder just what kind of tour … Continue reading

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“Eat Everything.”

I’ve been out travelling the world for the past three weeks.  As such, I’ve had zero time to keep up with my blog. It also means that it’s been so long since the first week in Ireland, that I’m less … Continue reading

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I’d Like to Phone a Friend, Regis

I am the world’s most stubborn person when it comes to the doctor. It’s not that I’m scared of doctors or hospitals, I’m not even scared of needles (except when they’re trying to draw blood from my tiny veins, and … Continue reading

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La Victoire!

This week has been nothing short of remarkable for me. Let’s do a recount: For one, the weather has been beyond amazing. I had forgotten a) what the sun looked like and b) what double digit temperatures felt like (except … Continue reading

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In Soviet Russia, Police Rob You!

People have often said the events of my life could be in a tv show, unfortunately, it’s often a “soap opera” or “greek tragedy.” And some days, I’m definitely inclined to agree: I had offered a new friend to take … Continue reading

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