About Iris

People tell me that I have an excellent sense of direction. Regardless, my life tends to follow a convoluted path, constantly twisting and turning

I work as a veterinarian, but over the years I have jumped from profession to profession. My favorite work experiences include: 1) making deli customers huge sandwiches with giant slabs of brie cheese and 2) teaching college students the biology of reproduction – as both have led the consumer on the other end to moments of wide-eyed enlightenment.

I’ve lived in the city, deep in the woods, and on both sides of the Atlantic. I am at times obsessive and I often lack the ability to sit still. I like to wear black and listen to music one might consider “depressing”, but for some reason I am crazily attracted to bright colors and shiny objects. I am also an extremely happy (and sometimes annoyingly affectionate) wife, a helicopter dog-mom, and a pretty funky Auntie. 

And ultimately, this blog grew from my inclination to enthusiastically and wholeheartedly devote any ounce of available free time to travel, writing, and photography. And, if I am being completely honest, I must add eating and drinking to the list (the truth is that my talent for imbibing is legendary).

The Very Hungry Entourage blog started as an experiment. While not my creation, the name came from very patient and good-humored friends who accompanied me on travels where together we fine-tuned our abilities to explore destinations near and far with an enormous appetite.

Writing and photography began appearing in my life more frequently after those experiences, thanks mostly to support from the very hungry entourage. Over time my hobbies changed and morphed into what I now consider a form of “amateur anthropology” – because for me, the seed for a story comes from careful and quiet observation. An everyday experience seen through the right lens can be novel. With luck, there is also an opportunity to connect the present moment to the past.

The view through that lens is the source of the essays and photographs included in this blog.

I consider daydreaming a necessity. I can never predict where it might take me. In fact, I have dreamt of becoming an artist, a writer, a chef, a musician, and even an athlete. Occasionally attempts at those endeavors led to some pretty embarrassing moments.

More often, however, I found myself at an unexpected destination. 


You are welcome to contact me at veryhungryentourage@gmail.com

Please do not use photographs or other content without permission. I am good at sharing and never mind being asked. 

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. ohiocook says:

    thank you for stopping by my blog.


  2. simsalb says:

    Hi Iris thanks so much for stopping by and liking our blog and my post about great ice cream on Cape Cod http://taste2taste.com/2015/08/08/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for-ice-cream-the-school-house-harwichport-cape-cod-ma/ Love the concept of your blog and enjoyed reading the posts too! Keep up the wonderful writing! Simon

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I look forward to reading more of your posts!


  3. Lucy & Marty says:

    Hey Iris! I have just nominated you for the Liebster Award! Please check out my blog post http://justourpassports.com/2015/08/22/the-liebster-award/ so you can share the love that this award inspires! Thanks for your blog 🙂


    1. I am honored, and most grateful! Thank you so much.

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      1. Lucy & Marty says:

        You are so welcome!


  4. Hi nice to meet you! I just saw you on twitter we are following each other so I thought I would come see your blog! Looks cool!


    1. Thank you so much, and it is nice to meet you as well!

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      1. love your blog!! very colorful and exciting!


      2. Thank you so much, yours is beautiful!

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  5. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for following my blog!

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  6. Iris, you write with a delightful sense of humor. I’ve only read a few of your posts, but they left me with a smile on my face, which can only improve on my preposterous red proboscis that resides above it. I stopped by to take a look at your blog and return the favor, as I noted you had joined some other poor misguided followers of the goings on in “My Attic.” I can only assume that the same Irish farmer who once gave you those poor directions back in Ireland, must have led you astray again. Which also leads me to wonder if any of my other followers turned right at that same rock? Nevertheless, I’m grateful to the rock (and your former employer who instructed you to turn right there) because it gave me the chance to come and explore your blog, too. ‘o)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, and for reading the posts. I was very happy to find your blog and so glad that you stopped by mine. Best wishes to you!


  7. Kristy Rhine says:

    Hello Iris! Thanks for the 🙂 on my blog. I am enjoying visiting yours today! I look forward to reading more!


    1. It was a pleasure reading yours as well! Thanks so much, Kristy.


  8. It’s nice to meet you, Iris. Looking forward to enjoying what you share! 🙂

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  9. Felipe Garzon says:

    Hey Iris! This website looks amazing! I’m so glad to see your doing well and taking the time to enjoy life and the beauty that it holds. I hope this message finds you and your family well.
    -Your old pupil and friend,
    (Luis) Felipe Garzon

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    1. It is so great to hear from you! You are so kind, and I hope that things are well for you! I saw you are in Barcelona, how exciting! Best wishes to you!


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