Bernd Biege, a native of Germany, moved to Ireland in the late 1990s. Living in the province of Ulster (but not in Northern Ireland, this confuses a lot of people) and working as a writer, he has witnessed Ireland's transformation through the "Celtic Tiger" period and the following downturn. Remaining fairly optimistic throughout that "somehow we will muddle through". He has never ceased to be amazed by the country he lives in - in many ways.
Bernd Biege has written the book on travelling in Ireland - literally. As author of the "Stefan Loose Travel Handbuch Irland" (3rd edition 2016), maybe the most comprehensive travel guide available in German, running to 620 pages. He also authored the "DuMont Direkt Dublin" (2017), a pocket-friendly guide to Ireland's capital, and the far more substantial "DuMont Reisehandbuch Irland" (2017). To find out more about his work (and interests), surf over to his website www.berndbiege.com.
Bernd started out in journalism in the 1980s while still at university, first writing for a local newspaper near Stuttgart, later for German and international print magazines. In addition he has authored (as of 2017) six books and worked on several video films. Since moving to Ireland he has concentrated on writing about his adopted home country - from tourism matters to political commentary. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists.
Bernd's first personal encounter with Ireland was during trips in the early 1980s. He has travelled extensively both in the Republic and in Northern Ireland since then, using (nearly) all modes of transport and staying in all sorts of accommodation. And surviving all sorts of weather.
Bernd holds a Master's degree from Stuttgart University in English, German and History.
Even after living here for years, I still think that Ireland has so much in store that a lifetime of travel could be filled with a tight agenda. Pick and mix is my advice, read up on Ireland, then take some standard destinations and some places out of the well-trodden way. Then come back for more.
And take your time. Let Ireland impress you instead of pressing on to see more. Contrast the hustle and bustle of Dublin with a day of whale-watching on the Atlantic coast. Leave the main road and take the scenic route (more than often signposted). Enjoy Ireland with all senses, not just through a camcorder lens.
And if you get wet in a shower - always remember that a sunny moment is just a few moments away. Irish weather being what it is, the proverbial vice-versa is (unfortunately) true as well ...
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