A Lesson in Simple Living & an Adult-Size Lion Onesie with Tail

I’ve lived in Ireland on and off for the past several years, and between my frequent visits home to the U.S. and trips to new cities in Europe, people often wonder how I afford it.

After all, I’m a struggling twenty-something author/editor paying off a regrettably expensive college education, aren’t I?

Why, yes. Yes, I am. But I’m going to let you in on my secret:


It’s really that simple. Let me give you some examples:

1. I drink like a cactus. Translation: I don’t drink much. That’s easy because, in my rapidly aging body, the hangovers are about as brutal as I can imagine childbirth must be.

2. I’m not allowed to shop. True story. It had been about 4 months since I visited a clothing store before last weekend, when I popped in to Penneys (the Irish version of Target) because my favorite boots are falling apart.

I came home with one purchase that day. No, no. Not a pair of boots.


Deceptively difficult to sleep in.

That, dear internet, is an adult-size lion onesie. Complete with mane and tail. And it is precisely why I’m not allowed to go shopping.

3. I’m accident-prone in the kitchen. So I eat a lot of pasta. It’s cheap, reliably delicious, and remarkably difficult to set on fire. Just ask my former roommates about the tea towel that fell victim to my 2012 attempt at baking cookies.

4. My phone is an iPhone 3Gs. You read that correctly. The phone I use in Ireland was bought (refurbished) 4 years  & 2 months ago.

And guess what? Despite it being 73 in cell phone years, it still let’s me Snapchat. Albeit, a little slowly, but…

Pumpkin Face

All joking aside, my point is exactly what I said before: It doesn’t take all that much to be happy, and as soon as you take off your lion onesie, you figure it out pretty quickly.

To some people, clothes and gadgets and drunken nights are important. But, to me, experiencing life in another country and traveling and still seeing my family regularly is more important. When I’m too old for travel…

…then I’ll probably settle down with my iPhone 16 and wait for time travel to be commercially viable.

So, to everyone wondering how I afford my shabby chic (mostly shabby) European lifestyle, that’s it. No glamour here!

Annie Cosby

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8 Tips for Visiting the Great Blasket Island

The terrible beauty of the Blasket Islands is a must-see. But it also requires a bit of preparation.

When I visited with my parents and my brother, it was by chance that it all worked out. But it could have easily gone wrong. Here are my tips for a smooth sailing to the Great Blasket (literally).

1. Read up. Part of the mystique of the islands is the life that was lived there – and the tragic way it ended. So before you go, do some Googling.


And make sure to look up the weather forecast and ferry times before going. You have to be flexible, because ferry times are subject to change (or be cancelled) due to weather.

The boatman told us that the previous August, they’d only been able to make the crossing 9 of the 31 days due to dangerous weather. So be prepared to reschedule if need be!


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The Most Important Travel Tip of All

Two weeks ago, I learned the most important travel tip of all time. And it is this:

Don’t get deported.

Technically, I was not deported. Technically, they just told me to leave. Refused to renew my visa.

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“That’s not deportation. If you’re deported, they pay for the flight!” my dad pointed out, just a little too late.

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Shoe Challenge Accepted

I have a lot of shoes.

But the weird thing is that I don’t wear a lot of shoes.

I came to this conclusion a few months back while moving from my old house in Galway to a new apartment in the city centre. I felt like this:

Until I realized just how much shit can accumulate in 10 months.

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4 Tips for Surviving American Holidays Abroad

The hardest part about living out of town is missing the birthdays of your family and friends, the First Communions, the soccer games, the Sunday night dinners.

But when you live abroad, there’s an extra spot of trouble: the holidays of your home country that aren’t celebrated in your current country.


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How do you survive the homesickness?

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