Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge


Where Europe Meets Asia (and some dude has parked his car…)

HHHS27 - ...some dude has parked his car.
We left Dublin (and Amsterdam) a couple of weeks ago, some old school friends and I, with a plan. Our mission was to cross the vast expanse of continental Europe to Istanbul, with railways as our only means of transportation. It was a pointless mission. It was an unoriginal mission. Hell, it wasn’t even a challenging mission in this day and age. But we refused to be cowed.

Two days ago, we crossed the shimmering Bosphorus and finally set foot on Asian soil. We were sunburnt. We weren’t all speaking to each other. And we’d actually done the final leg of the trip by airplane because of flooding in Bulgaria. But fuck it. We’d gotten crazy drunk and had a shitload of fun in about a million different countries. For the full spellbinding account of our 3,000km journey, you’ll have to wait until Christmas. And move to Mayo. Because I’m writing about it exclusively about it for Annagh, the parish magazine in Ballyhaunis. But if they don’t break my legs for breach of copyright – it has happened apparently – I might just post it on here afterwards.

The other bit of news I have is that I also quit the column I was doing for The Dubliner. It was a pain in the hole decision to make. I loved being allowed to write about whatever the hell I wanted to each week for such a wide audience. It was a bit of a challenge at first, but I’d really started to enjoy myself there. (The underpants column was a particular triumph.)

Unfortunately, a couple of things came up and – yadda yadda – I decided not to do it any more. But if there are any editors out there reading this, who pay their writers semi-regularly and tolerate the occasional mild profanity, you know where I am. Annagh Magazine – are you listening?

August 30th, 2010.

9 Responses to “Where Europe Meets Asia (and some dude has parked his car…)”

  1. sarah Says:

    Welcome back Eoin it sounds like you had fun, but that sucks about the Dubliner dude. I have a suggestion. If you liked writing that article so much every week why not still write it here every week for us?

  2. Dolly Says:

    That guy with the car is totally touching some girl’s vagina right now.

  3. Dolly Says:

    I mean right now as in when the picture was taken, not right now as in now. But maybe also right now as in now.

  4. Eoin Says:

    @ Sarah – Hmmm… how much will you pay me?

    @ Dolly – ?

  5. Dolly Says:

    I mean as in thats the make out spot to end all make out spots.

  6. Eoin Says:

    Well… apart from the fact that it’s broad daylight and there are a bunch of Irish guys standing a few feet behind taking photographs.

  7. ExiledInLondon Says:

    If you zoom in on the license plate it actually says 96-MO-SAM…

  8. sharon Says:

    Do you need money?

  9. Eoin Says:

    Well, I was struggling for so long, the temptation is still in my bones to say all donations graciously received. But quite the contrary, I’m apparently doing so unbelievably well I never noticed that one of my employers hadn’t actually paid me in four or five months. I must be rolling in cash in other words. But thanks, Sharon. That’s very kind!

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