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Mom visits the Emerald Isle!

These past few weeks have been insanely busy, with essays, assignments, and most importantly, a visit from my mom! A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to have my mom, my aunt, and my cousin visit! It was so nice seeing familiar faces, and it was great to be able to show them around Dublin! They spent the first few days of their trip in Dublin, where I was able to take them to a few of the best local pubs. I am proud to say that my mom’s new favorite beer is a Smithwicks, which I made her try! After a few days in Dublin, I was able to go with them down to the southern coast and the Ring of Kerry. My cousin, Jamie, drove, while my aunt and mom freaked out every time he made a right-hand turn into what they thought was oncoming traffic. Even with all of the yelling and back seat driving, Jamie did an awesome job driving!

On our way down to Killarney, we stopped at an ancient castle called Cashel. Apparently it was built in the 1200s as a monastery, and there are still funerals held there today. The castle was situated on a hill, overlooking fields and the nearby town. The views from the castle were beautiful, and we were fortunate enough to visit on a very sunny day!

img_1238_0 (A view of Cashel!)

After visiting the castle, our GPS decided to take us a very roundabout way to the hotel, but we eventually made it. The hotel we were staying at was beautiful! It was an old manner house called Cahernane, with large fireplaces and quaint drawing rooms. We met a lot of interesting people at the bar in the hotel, including one local man who was in the process of writing an autobiography. The stories he told us were absolutely fascinating! The next day we headed down to the Ring of Kerry, which is about a four hour drive along the southwestern coast of Ireland. There was a single road that led us around the coast, which was curvy, narrow, and at some points it even turned into one lane (with two lanes of traffic). We made a few stops along the way to get out and enjoy the scenery. One place that was absolutely remarkable was an area along the coast with thousands of small rocks stacked on top of each other.

img_1286_0 (Amazing place along the Ring of Kerry with tons of rocks!)

After stumbling across this unique place, we walked around and noticed that some of the rocks formed different shapes, like people and animals. It was amazing to just stumble across such an interesting place! On our way back from the Ring of Kerry, we actually had to slow down to let sheep cross the road! A trip to Ireland would not be complete without at least one sheep sighting, so I’m glad that they were able to experience it!

img_1317 (A sheep just hanging out on the side of the road!)

After a wonderful weekend along the coast, I had to head back to Dublin for classes while my family headed over to Galway. I was lucky enough to see them one last time before they had to leave. We had such a fabulous time together, and it was very sad to say goodbye! But luckily my mom is coming back with the rest of my family over Thanksgiving! I’m already counting down the days until I can see her again!

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Even though it was such a whirlwind seeing familiar faces and then watching them leave, I’ll be very busy traveling over the next few weeks! I’ll keep you updated on my journey!

xoxo, Maggie


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