Wandering Gaels is a heritage travel blog with a dash of food and drink, written by two friends planning to explore the towns and villages from where their families hail. First stop is Ireland.
We have created this site to share our journey as we work together to research our family, chronicle our travels, photography, and share our passions for culture, heritage, and food.
Why Did We Name Our site Wandering Gaels?
Soon after developing the idea for our Ireland Project, we decided that we needed a hub to share our on-going work leading up to our research journey and that others might share an interest in tracing their ancestors of Gaelic/Celtic descent. While there are many genealogy websites and blogs out there, we wanted to take a fresh and accessible approach that connects cultural traditions and artifacts like recipes and music as a means to explore ones roots.
A Gael is a person whose ancestors spoke Gaelic.
To wander can mean moving from one fixed place to another slowly, it can also mean to move about without a fixed course. When our families began their slow journey to Canada and beyond, most were probably uncertain as to where they would land and settle. When we begin our own journey to Ireland, we know that we will need time and a spirit open to adventure and spontaneity.
When our families immigrated to Canada, with them they brought traditions, stories, and to put it simply ‘ways of doing things’ that still resounds today. It is that family culture that we want to explore further, we thought the best way to do so was by wandering through the towns and villages where they were established.
With the appreciation for the wandering (while facing immense hardships) of our ancestors, the wandering we are open to embarking on, and with appreciation for the Gaelic culture we were raised with, that is the idea behind the name Wandering Gaels.
Meaghan is a PhD Candidate and part time food, wine & travel writer blogging at Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage, as well freelance writing for print and online publications throughout Canada. Peggy is an anthropologist, songwriter/singer, and part time historical Canadiana writer working with print and online publications throughout Alberta. Both are avid travellers.
This will be the first time we travel together. And we embody the yin and yang principle that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites. The last backpack Meaghan owned was in grade school, while Peggy is an avid backpacker. Peggy loves exploring rural and remote places, and Meaghan is more of a city girl. One thing we both love is immersing ourselves in the culture and customs of the places we visit, to have an authentic experience. No all inclusive resorts for these girls! Our different interests and strengths compliment each other, and if all else fails we have established the code phrase “I’m going for a walk.”