For Peace Comes Dropping Slow

Forgive me, reader, for I have sinned: It has been three months since my last blog entry

Since then, my partner and I have moved from our temporary accommodation in Cork and into the house we bought over the summer. That being said, it’s still a building site work-in-progress, with varying availabilities of running water, heat, and absolutely no wifi. Needless to say, it isn’t exactly somewhere where writing would be high up on my to-do list when there’s wallpaper to strip, furniture to buy, handymen to manage, walls to paint, and everything else that comes with a renovation or new home.

On top of that, September was mostly spent away from Ireland. One week in San Francisco, two weeks in Seattle, and a well-needed holiday with the other half and my best friend in the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia. While my time in the U.S. was for the day-job, I had little energy left to assign to writing, and Latvia was an opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and enjoy the peace.

That being said, the downtime and relaxation gave me enough energy to complete a major project of mine. This weekend, I’ve managed to finish the first draft of my upcoming novella, Forgiving Jake! It’s a tale of how one young woman’s life is turned upside-down with two phone calls, and what she needs to do to move on from tragedy. The short novel is my first complete work of fiction, and I cannot wait to share it with you in springtime next year.

I will have another poetry collection available in 2020 also, fully bilingual in English and Irish. Elysium is a collection of poems that explore love and family connections, as well as letting go of some baggage from the past. Although still incomplete, it’s already a collection that I’m quite proud of, and I expect it to be released early next year.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to travelling to Berlin and Malta over the next few weeks, which will be able to balance some relaxation against the work that’s needed to make ourselves at home in our new house. I’ve recently joined the newly-formed Outstaged Theatre Group in Cork, which is sparking new writing ideas already within me, but I think I already have enough going on before I take on something else new. I’ve also started finally going back to the gym, and thankfully it’s a routine that is sticking around, this time.

Until next time!

S x

Finding Time for Myself

When my fiancé and I decided to leave Nottingham in 2017 and come back to Ireland, I thought of how wonderful it would be to be back home, despite not actually returning to our home city of Dublin. Cork is three hours away by bus or train, and about two and a half hours by car, depending on traffic. So, while we were still moving to a different city, at least we were moving back to the motherland.

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Picking Back Up the Pen

Dear reader,

I don’t know about you, but every so often, I feel like I’m fighting a battle between which version of myself is meant to be the ‘main’ me. Scott, the writer and poet. Scott, the marketing professional. Scottie, that Dubliner who lives with his partner in Cork. Scott, the (wannabe) blogger, or just that random guy you might not even notice on a bus… like I am right now.

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Editor’s Letter: A Date with Castro’s History

EILE Magazine

castro_flagEILE’s Founder and Editor-at-Large, Scott De Buitléir, writes from San Francisco, where a trip to the popular Castro District revealed a deep-rooted and valuable history lesson worth cherishing. 

The Californian Sun shone brightly upon the colourful streets of Castro as my partner and I walked along Market Street towards the famous gay neighbourhood.

Truth be told, I knew little about San Francisco before I arrived there as part of our annual two-week ‘big holiday’, where we’d usually spend a week each in two different locations. The previous week was spent in British Columbia; exploring beautiful Vancouver and spending Canadian Thanksgiving with my father’s cousins in Victoria, the province’s capital on Vancouver Island. For San Francisco, I knew little more than about Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and Castro; the world-renowned gay village that was once home to Harvey Milk. 

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A Short Break in… Copenhagen

Denmark has recently been in people’s minds when the world discovered the Danish concept of hygge, a cozy and warm calm that can be felt on your own, with company, and usually with a few candles or extra lighting for good measure. While a cynic might consider this to be a cheap way to export a cheesy concept, the Danes are natural masters of hygge, and Copenhagen is a testament to it.

The city of København – meaning the Merchants’ Harbour – is an old world jewel made anew, for while it is still the seat of the Danish realm, its modernity is as clear as day. Copenhagen Airport is connected to the rest of the city by the Metro, and by Öresundståg (the Oresund train) to both Denmark and neighbouring Sweden. If you want to enjoy Copenhagen properly, invest in a Rejsekort (travel card) and take the Metro into the city.

One of the stops on the Metro line from the airport is Kongens Nytorv, or the King’s New Square, a grand open square which can provide a great introduction to Copenhagen city. Enjoy a coffee or beer at the nearby Kaffetårnet (coffee tower), or walk along the colourful Nyhavn, where boats of all sizes have dropped anchor over the centuries. A short walk up northeast along Bredgade will bring you past Amalienborg, the Danish royal residence, before you continue to visit the Little Mermaid herself.

If you’re a cultural enthusiast, another walk or short taxi journey will bring you to the Danish National Museum of Art (Sølvgade 48-50) and National History Museums (Øster Voldgade 5), with the Botanic Gardens nearby if the Nordic weather gods are in a good mood. Afterwards, the Brothers Price restaurant (Rosenborggade 15) is great for a sophisticated rest, while the more casual Grød in the nearby Torvehallerne markets (Linnésgade 17) make for a lively lunchtime.

If you like to travel around a little during your trip, a train journey north to Helsingør will allow you to visit Shakespeare’s inspiration for Hamlet’s castle. Kronborg is a beautiful castle dating from the 1420s, and its connection to the Bard means that there is a regular Shakespearean Festival during the summer, but the winter also sees a magical Christmas market surrounding the medieval fortress. If Hamlet isn’t your thing, take the Öresundståg from Copenhagen’s Central Station (Hovedbanegården) across the Øresund Bridge to Malmö in Sweden; a once-sleepy city which has been completely reawakened since the bridge’s opening in 2000.

Nightlife in Copenhagen is relaxed and social; continental in style but familiar enough to be almost Irish. Café Hvide Lam (Kultorvet 5) is a traditional Danish tavern, serving national dishes like smørrebrød, yet in the evenings you may find a chilled jazz band helping you relax into the night. For something a little more modern Danish, try out Francis Pony, a lively cocktail bar with good music on Klosterstræde.

Provided you don’t party too hard on the night out, enjoy the morning with a walk around the King’s Garden park beside the small but impressive castle, Rosenborg. In the park you’ll find a wonderful restaurant called Orangeriet, which provides a classy brunch and is great for a relaxing start to the day. From there, walk down Han Christian Andersen’s Boulevard to the famous Tivoli amusement park and gardens, and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a fine art museum that is perfect to spend some relaxing downtime. If you still have some free time, finish off your Copenhagen experience in Christiania, a commune-style district of the city inhabited by anarchists, hippies, and other free spirits both young and old. Christiania is a tourist attraction in itself for its unusual nature within a capital city, yet the parkland within it is beautiful, and the craft shops there are also well worth a visit.

Overall, a weekend or short stay in Copenhagen is not likely to be enough to get a real feel for how the Danes enjoy life in their city, but it’s a good place to start your own hygge journey.

Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Norwegian, and SAS fly regularly to Copenhagen from Dublin. For more, visit visitdenmark.com.