The Irish Open takes place at Royal Portrush Golf Club this month, the first time Northern Ireland has hosted the event in more than 60 years. It was my honor to play the course and write about it for this issue. The Open should be an exciting outing for both golf and Ireland.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
I had a laugh-out-loud moment while reading this morning’s newspaper. I came across a short and entertaining feature along the lines of comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck if …” shtick. The article listed 60-plus ways to tell if you’re a Boston local. I am, and one particular item on the list rang so true I could see myself in the moment. That got me thinking about the commonality of experiences we share only with the people who know our hometown as well as we do. It’s a bond we share even with people we don’t know. How many times have you met a stranger while traveling, only to discover you’re both from the same place, which inevitably leads to “Do you know …” or “Remember that place …”.