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Ireland- Day 3

For our last full day in Ireland, we took a day trip to the Blarney Castle.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, I hadn’t heard much about it, other than it isn’t worth the trip because it’s too far away from everything else.  Alas, Brittany REALLY wanted to go, so we went. 

We got up early and went to the meeting place.  There were only seven people in our group and our tour guide was super cool.  We had a stop at a small town called Cobh (pronounced cove).  It was a cute little Irish town.  We got breakfast, including Irish coffee, which was intense, to say the least.

Then we drove forever to Blarney castle.  It was surrounded by BEAUTIFUL gardens.  Oh, did I mention it didn’t rain AT ALL while we were in Ireland?  The weather was absolutely perfect. 

We climbed to the top of the castle and kissed the Blarney stone!  I now have “the gift of the gab” which, if you know me at all, you know it’s not exactly something I needed. 

We spent the rest of our time wandering the gardens.  We stumbled upon the wishing stairs… the legend is that if you walk up and down them with your eyes closed; your wish will come true!

We hopped back on the bus and grabbed some dinner in a small town and then headed back to Dublin.  Since Ireland is famous for their bed and breakfasts, we decided to spend one night in one!  We had a little bit of trouble finding our bed and breakfast, but it was ADORABLE. 

We went back to the Temple bar area, found our Irish friends, and spent the night in a few Irish pubs until closing time.  We went back home, and slept in our super comfy beds for a few hours until breakfast time.  We had a DELICIOUS Irish breakfast (nice change from cola cao and a muffin in Spain), which included sausages, toast, eggs, beans, rashers, yum!

Then we made our way to the airport and got on our flight back to Madrid!

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Ireland- Day 2

For our second day in Ireland, we went on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher.  I’ve heard that the cliffs are beautiful and I was super excited to see them.  We got up early, and headed to the meeting point for the tour.  We headed to Galway, because that is where the tour company is based out of and we had to pick up some more people.  We were exhausted, so we both slept most of the way to Galway.  Once we got to Galway, they switched bus drivers and we were off.  Pretty much the whole time we were headed to the cliffs, we were on tiny little windy roads where the bus driver had to pull off to the side to let people pass.  Our driver told us funny little Irish stories as we passed various run-down castles, churches, and crosses.  Occasionally he let us out to take pictures. 

Then we stopped in Doolin for lunch.  We had some delicious seafood chowder, and then we were off to the main attraction.  The cliffs were amazing.  I don’t even know how to describe them, so here’s a bunch of pictures:

We made a few more stops on the way home, more churches, crosses, and something about fairies that I don’t really understand.  We got back to Galway and had dinner.  We ate beef and Guinness casserole because it is a typical Irish food (according to our friends)… it was actually REALLY good. 🙂

We got back to Dublin and went to sleep because we were exhausted and we had to get up early again the next day.

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Ireland- Day 1

So, we were home for school for a day after Semana Santa, and then it was back to traveling.  This time to Ireland!  Ireland was the trip I had planned that I was most looking forward to.  I don’t know why, but I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Ireland.  We got there with no problems, found our giant hostel, and went to bed because it was late. 

We woke up the next morning, ate breakfast at the hostel, and we were off to explore Dublin.  Naturally, since we were in Ireland, I wanted to see St. Patrick’s cathedral.  We made it there and paid to get in, and the people were SUPER nice.  It was a self-guided tour, but one of the workers explained the map to us and then told us if we had any questions we could ask.  It was much more like Westminster Abbey than a Spanish cathedral. 

After St. Patrick’s we went in search of the Guinness Storehouse, or as a tour guide later called it, the center of the universe.  It isn’t actually used as a brewery anymore, but it was still cool.  We learned how they make Guinness, and then saw a ton of advertising stuff.  Once we were done with our tour, we got a free pint!

We grabbed lunch at a little pub, and headed to Dublin Castle.  It is actually now a palace, because the castle was burned down, but they kept the name.  It was a much more practical palace than the royal palace in Madrid or Versailles.  It was the best and cheapest guided tour of a place I’ve ever been on. 

Then we headed to Trinity College.  We were trying to decide if we wanted to spend the money to see the book of Kells or not, but the library was already closed, so it didn’t really matter. 

Then we wandered to the Temple bar area… which was full of entertainment.  There were people dressed as leprechauns, street musicians, and tons of people.  We went back to the hostel to figure out where we needed to meet for our day trips the next two days, and then we wandered O’Connell Street, and we headed back to the Temple bar.  We ended up meeting some Irish friends who told us a whole bunch of stuff about Ireland, it was really cool. 

 At first they were really hard to understand because their accents were really thick, but once we got used to it, we were good to go.  Minus the fact that they say weird things like… 10:30 = half ten, 3 = tree, puck = punch, etc.  We stayed out till about midnight and then headed back to the hostel to sleep!

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Traveling to Alcala

I finally made it!!  I´m sitting in my room!

Mom and AJ took me to the airport and hung out with me until about 30 minutes till boarding time.  My plane left on time and landed in Newark on time too. 

Once in newark, I took a bus to a different terminal and found my gate.  I had about 3 hours to waste, so I wandered around, ate some sushi, charged my phone, and read twilight (sorry suz and eric, i kinda stole it)  We didn´t start boarding the plane until about an hour after we were supposed to… and it took forever cuz it was a HUGE plane,  the biggest i´d ever been on!  The guy I sat next to was a college professor in Barcelona, so we talked about Spain and stuff… it was a good way for me to start using my Spanish.  I watched Harry Potter 5 and ate dinner and tried to sleep, but I couldn´t. 😦  I ate breakfast and then we landed in London. 

We got to london about an hour late, took a bus to another terminal, went through security, and then got boarding passes, which took about an hour and a half.  The london airport does this weird thing where it doesn´t tell you what gate to go to until the gate opens… so you have to sit around and watch the screen until they post it.  It was strange.  So I walked around for a while because I still had like 4 hours to burn.  I was SO tired.  I got some coffee and drank it while I read some more.  Finally our gate opened.  They checked my boarding pass, and then we sat and waited, then we took a bus to our airplane… that was weird too. 

Our whole flight was full of international students, which was nice.  There was a big group going to Slamanca, a bunch going to Madrid, and I was bummed that I couldn´t find anyone going to Alcala.  Our plane had to sit and wait on the runway FOREVER.  I finally slept a little on this flight.

We got to Madrid an hour late.  Getting to the place where they stamp your passport was quite a maze.  The signs were pretty easy to follow, but you had to go upstairs and then downstairs and then around the corner and then back upstairs and so on.  It was weird.  Then you had to go through another maze to get to the luggage.  While waiting for my luggage I met a girl going to Alcala who had been there before!  I was so excited.  We were going to share a taxi once we got our luggage.  I got mine, but hers got lost, so we took the train to Alcala together.  I´m SO glad I met her.  She helped me alot.

Once we got to the train station in Alcala, I wasn´t sure how to get to my house, so I was going to take a taxi, but it was snowing and we couldn´t find one. She called a taxi for me, but the driver said she wasn´t coming.  We couldn´t get ahold of a taxi, so we walked to her apartment and then called my family, who came to pick me up.  I felt really bad that they had to come pick me up, but they were so nice about it.

Overall, it was a long two days, and I´m really glad that not much went wrong.

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