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Two Nights in Killarney

Tonight is the second of two nights spent in Killarney. Unlike our previous hotels/castles, the hotel we are staying in is right in town, so it’s been easy to head out after dinner and visit the pubs! Every pub has live music – you can just walk down the street and hear the music coming out of each one. Between this, the Irish music being played on our tour bus, and the harpist/singer who performed for us the other night, I”m starting to learn a lot of the popular Irish songs so that I can sing along with the rest of the pub goers. In related news, Irish coffee is a gateway drug to whiskey. Which is probably a good thing, as the last night of our tour will include a visit to the Jameson distillery!

Anyway, I’m about to hit the hay as we have yet another early morning tomorrow1 But check out this map of Ireland – the black line shows the route that my tour is covering! Today we drove the Ring of Kerry (that little loop in the bottom left hand side of the map), and tomorrow we are going to Cork and Blarney. Where I will be kissing the Blarney Stone – despite the warnings from my epidemiologist colleagues!

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  1. I can’t believe that me, of all people, chose a holiday where I have to get up early every morning. Thank goodness I’ll be going to Nice after this to have a holiday to rest up from my Irish holiday. []

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Me Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Apparently my blog was down for a bit – I think leprechauns got in the tubes and messed thing up, but thankfully, unlike me, Kalev, the Tsar of the Geekery and Overseer of Deb0rking is not on vacation from overseeing the necessary deb0rking and my blog was returned to its fully functioning form, just in time for me to write a quick blog posting from Ireland!

I’m taking most of my photos on my real camera (as opposed to on my iPhone or iPad), so won’t be able to show you them here until I get home, as I didn’t bring my laptop and have no way of getting them off the SD card. But rest assured that you will be subjected to more vacation photos than you could ever want to see upon my return1. I’ve taken a few photos on my iPhone to post on Facebook, so if you know me on FB, you can check those out there.

And now, because I’m tired, here are a few random thoughts:

  • I’m writing from Connemara.
  • Tomorrow, I’m going to dip my foot into Galway Bay.
  • I’ve eaten more meat, bread, and cream during this trip so far than a person should eat in a lifetime.
  • I’m sure I’ll be eating a lot more yet.
  • Ireland feels very peaceful, which is surprising given that its past is full of misery and violence.
  • I saw a pigeon coop2 from the 1700s.
  • I want a pet sheep. And also I want to live in a castle.
  1. So far, between my Aunt Eileen and I, we have taken more than 3,000 photos. And that’s not even counting the ones my Aunt Lynn has taken. And we are only on day 4 of our tour of Ireland – day 9 of 23 days of vacation for me. []
  2. Technically, it was a “pigeon tower” in a castle []