The Ballad of The Irishman

by Brenna Holeman

Salento, Colombia

Two weeks ago, Kerri and I walked into our dorm room in Medellin and met a charming and hilarious Irishman. We quickly became a travelling trio, sightseeing (and partying) through Medellin, Guatape, and Salento. Last weekend, however, Chris decided that he wanted to stay an extra night in Medellin for more of the alluring Colombian nightlife, and who could blame him? Kerri and I went on to Salento without him, and, jokingly imagining that he would be forever trapped by the nights of cheap beer and fast-paced salsa, wrote a song for him that stated we thought we’d never see him again. Of course, we did see him again, as he kept his promise and showed up in Salento the very next day.

This video is of us singing the song to him for the very first time; it was a complete surprise. And for the record, he’s actually very trustworthy.

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Katie @ August 25, 2012 - 12:52 am

1. Please don’t put hot Irishmen on your blog while my husband is deployed. It’s like… insanely frustrating.

2. Your voices sound lovely!

3. Best. Present. Ever.

4. Amendment to #1: You can put hot Irishmen on your blog, but next time please ask them to remove their shirts.

That is all.

Colleen Brynn August 25, 2012 - 1:01 am

Me encantaaa el vestido de Kerri! Que guapa!!!

This Battered Suitcase August 25, 2012 - 1:46 am

Katie – 1. Sorry! He will probably make many more appearances, as we were with him for two weeks. 2. Thank you! 3. I’d say it’s one of the best I’ve given, yes… 4. I will have to pass that information along to him! 😉

Colleen – Yes, isn’t it lovely? She just bought it in Medellin…

Jay August 25, 2012 - 7:16 am

Hahaha – very cute.

(And you both sing beautifully!)

Audrey | That Backpacker August 25, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Nice one girls! Muy linda sorpresa para el Irlandes. (Oh, yeah! I just jumped on the Spanish wagon.)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 25, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Your voices are so beautiful!!!!! I love that you did this. PS What a hot Irishman. 😉

Christine loves to Travel August 25, 2012 - 1:54 pm

ooohhh irishman…..

love the video and song! You girls are very talented 🙂

This Battered Suitcase August 25, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Jay – Thank you!!

Audrey – Ha ha, gracias mi amiga!

Andi – We want to write more songs now! And yes, he’s quite handsome…

Christine – Thank you so much!

mishvo August 26, 2012 - 9:28 am

How lovely! great harmonies 🙂

ELN August 26, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Oh B! This was fab, it’s nice to hear your voice rather than just reading how you speak! Miss you! Keep having a blast! xxxxx

ELN August 26, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Oh B! That was lovely. It’s great to hear your voice again. Miss you! Keep having a fab time! xxxx

Nico August 27, 2012 - 12:34 am


I wasn’t aware of your singing skills – loved the song and the setting. 😀

This Battered Suitcase August 28, 2012 - 3:59 am

Mishvo – Thank you!

Erin – Thank you so much!! I miss you, too. Hopefully I’ll see you soon…in England!! xxxx

Nico – Cheers! It was a very inspiring place…

The Ls August 29, 2012 - 9:03 am

OMG, so good – and it has been stuck in my head for DAYS since I first watched it. You guys are HILARIOUS & awesome.

Shannon Hope September 4, 2012 - 8:49 pm

this is still stuck in my head! my boyfriend is an irishman and we laughed our heads off watching this together. keep it up! xo

This Battered Suitcase September 5, 2012 - 1:20 am

Shannon – That’s so awesome! Thank you for telling me that…

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