We visit the Rock of Cashel

So, we started our trip to Galway off with a little detour to Cahir Castle in Tipperary. You can read about that here.

We were put back on the bus, and shuttled over to the Rock of Cashel. It was a pretty normal bus ride (I slept, of course!).

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A picture I took out the bus window!

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We arrived at Cashel really early, and had some time to kill before our tour time. It was recommend that we hike down into the town, Cashel, and get some lunch. We ended up at a really interesting restaurant and pub called The Brian Boru, one of the High Kings of Ireland.

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The restaurant had a really cool atmosphere. There were couches for lounging, real tables, a dance club downstairs, and an outdoor bar area.

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I got some delicious lamb rogan josh!

Once we finished lunch, we hiked back up towards the Rock of Cashel and the rest of our group. Sadly, a lot of the site was under-construction, but we all made the best of it anyway.

 

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We still had some time before our tour started, so we took some time to get some pictures looking out behind Cashel. The view up there is amazing!

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Our tour finally started. We were taken into one of the main buildings first that used to be living quarters for the monks that used to live here.

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The choir used to sing from this balcony. They were known for the amazing singers that they had living and singing here. 

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After, we were lead into the main building on Cashel, the building that holds all the different chapels.

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We then went into one of the chapels. It was mostly closed off for restoration. It smelled really moldy in there, and we were told that they were having problems with water leaking in and ruining the frescoes on the roofs and walls. The paintings were very hard to see, but the little traces you could see were lovely!

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After that, we were set free in the cemetery portion of the Rock of Cashel. There were some amazing views (you know, past all the graves and all), and some really cool old grave sites!

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It was really windy up there! The Rock of Cashel is up on top of this huge hill, so it got some good wind bursts while we were there.

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Once we were finished in the cemetery, we moved into the main part of Cashel. It used to be the main chapel there, in the olden days, but now its all in ruins. But, that lead to some really cool pictures. I think when you think of the Rock of Cashel, this is the building that you think of. It’s rather iconic in all its dilapidatedness.

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I loved all the crows flying around! It made it very eerie feeling!

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This person must have been very special, to have been buried in the main part of the church.

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We headed back outside and snapped a few more pictures before we had to head on our way.

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We met up with the rest of our group, and hiked down from Cashel to where the bus was parked.

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Here you can really see the extent of the construction going on at Cashel.

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We were loaded back onto the bus and finished driving to Galway. We got there, got sorted into our rooms and all checked in. We were given the rest of the night to explore Galway, and get some dinner.

We stopped off in a cute little restaurant/pub ( that I cannot remember the name of to save my life!) and got some dinner. We all ended up ordering margaritas, because we wanted to be those people.

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They had banoffee pie (my newly discovered favorite dessert), so I ordered some!

We called it a night after dinner, opting to go back to the hostel and get a shower and go to bed. We had an early morning the next day. Stay tuned to hear all about it!

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We explore Cahir Castle

Since I got home from Edinburgh, a lot has happened. My lovely big sister came to visit. You can read all about that here. And, I took a tour of UCC, a potential grad school. You can read all about how that went here. We also got to take part in a WWI memorial service, which you can read about here.

Now that we’re all caught up, I can tell you about our time in Galway! Galway, all in all, was a lot of fun! It was the first time many of us had been to Northern Ireland; there’s a different kind of vibe in the North of Ireland, there where we were staying. It’s hard to explain, but I loved my time in Galway!

So, we left Dungarvan bright and early, and headed off for Galway. We took a little detour and stopped off in the city of Tipperary to see Cahir Castle (pronounced Care). Cahir Castle was the stronghold of the Butler family; now it’s open for public tours.

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Cahir Castle is exactly what you picture when you think of an old medieval castle! It’s actually set on an island by itself in the middle of the River Suir, with a bridge going across! It was so fun to get a tour of the castle, and then go explore a little on our own because the castle itself was amazing!

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The Butler family crest over the doors to the castle!

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A shot of Tipperary over the castle’s most exterior walls!

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I was cold!

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One of the really cool things about Cahir Castle, once we actually made it inside, was that many of their old defenses were still standing. It was still basically a functioning medieval castle, which I thought was awesome!

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People would throw rocks, or shoot arrows, down on people passing under that square bump-out!

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This building was a later additional to the castle, hence the different architectural style. 

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If you look closely at the middle of this picture, you can see a cannon ball stuck in the wall from one of the battles that happened at Cahir Castle!

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The really cool thing about this gate is that is one of the few still functioning gates in the world! So, that is literally a portcullis that could have killed us all if it fell on us! Because it is one of the last working ones that exists, it’s been used in a whole bunch of movies, like Excalibur, and the TV show, The Tudors!

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This is the inner most building of the castle! It holds the Great Hall!

 

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This part of the building was the kitchen, and it used to be located inside (you can see where the walls used to be) and now the walls aren’t there. I can’t remember the reason they were torn down but I still think its interesting that they did it at all. 

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So, we finally made it inside the Great Hall! It was gorgeous! It had this lovely old wooden roof, and held one of the few Irish Elk antlers that are left! These guys got real big, standing about 7 feet tall, and weighing about 1,500 pounds! Sadly, they’re all extinct now. It was cool to see the antlers from one and appreciate the animal it used to be.

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After we left the Great Hall, we climbed this tower to explore the rooms up there. The cool thing about the stairs in this building is that they were built backwards, turning up to the left, instead of the right. It was designed that way so, if someone made it this far into the castle, and was climbing these stairs, they wouldn’t be able to use their sword arm becuase it would hit the wall! It was a very ingenious design, but a little weird to climb!

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The mechanism that works the portcullis gate!

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On the posters in the corner, they had pictures and descriptions of other castles in the area and…

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I found our very own Dungarvan Castle! It was so cool to see a bit of Dungarvan in Tipperary!

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In other room in the castle, they had a mini layout of one of the battles that happened at Cahir Castle! The detail that went into making these minis was beyond amazing!

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It was like a scene from Gulliver’s Travels looking at these minis! The detailing was just incredible!

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While we were standing in this main courtyard, we noticed that there was a set of stairs that lead down into the ground. Naturally, we were all pretty interested in where they went!

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As it turns out, the scary stairs of death lead you up and out into one of the towers on the battlements of the castle!

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We came down off the battlements (and let me tell you that the scary stairs of death are much less fun in reverse!), and trooped back through the castle to meet up with the rest of the group.

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We were loaded back into the bus, and began our trip to the Rock of Cashel! Stay tuned to hear all about that!

Peek’n Peak Weekend

Hi all! Sorry for the radio silence; it was a busy weekend! I was on break from school, so I got to spend some time at home with the family!

There was a craft fair happening at Peek’n Peak , a local resort near my home. We all packed into the car (and by all I mean all. It was my lil sister, me, my mom, my aunt, and my grandma all packed into a tiny little car) and set off.

Now, my mom figured she knew how to get there (and since I get my sense of direction from her apparently), we got lost! I eventually pulled out the GPS on my phone, and we were only a half hour in the wrong direction.

We did eventually find our way there, and dove right in!

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We hiked through some of the stands near the doors, before being lured inside by the smell of food. Inside they had food vendors, where I bought limoncello pizzelles! They are delicious! They also had a little wine tasting stand, where we sampled some peach wine. We moved outside where we tried a pomegranate wine slushies!

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While we were sampling our wine slushies, we heard a really loud horn, followed by an even louder bang! They had a pumpkin cannon, and a target set up on one of the ski hills, and were launching pumpkins at the target!

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We wandered through some more stands, which were full of interesting artisan crafts, before my sister Emily and I decided to duck away and go to the petting zoo!

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This little mini donkey really loved Emily! He would follow her around, and kept trying to eat her jeans, which we all took as a sign of love!

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There was the cutest little mini pony for sale! Emily really wanted to buy her, and she was the sweetest little thing, but I also didn’t have $700 dollars on hand to spend on a pony.

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There was also a pot-belly pig for sale, named Cinderella, but again, I didn’t have a whole lot of extra dollars to spend on pet pigs!

After we played with Cinderella for a while, we ducked into one of the tents, only to find that it was full of bunnies! They had bunnies in pens, and bunnies in baskets! There were literally bunnies everywhere! Now, if you remember Emily has a bunny at home already, named Lola, so she loved this tent so much!

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They were all so cute and little! We stayed in this tent for a really long time, before deciding to leave the bunnies alone to explore the rest of the petting zoo area.

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The next pen was filled with goats that you were able to buy food for and feed! We didn’t buy any food, but they seemed to gravitate towards us anyway (probably thinking we had food for them)!

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There was a baby goat that just loved Emily! I think she was formulating plans to kidnap him with no one (including our mom) noticing!

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We then moved over to pet the llamas! These guys were a little boring since they just kind of sat/ stood there.

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Emily decided this one’s name was Kuzco! I just went with it.

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We played with a baby cow for a while, before going back into the bunny to tent to play with the bunnies again.

While we were back in there, I met my spirit animal, a bunny that I have lovingly named Tad Cooper (after the character from the TV show Galavant)!

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He just sat on my lap for the longest time! He really liked me!

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I’m still in the works of adopting him (Please, mom!), so we’ll see if he gets to be my bunny. The biggest problem is that Lola is a girl bunny and Tad Cooper is a boy bunny…

Anyway, we left the bunnies, and went back out into the fair, after meeting up with the rest of our group!

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We headed inside, to check out the vendors in the main floor of the lodge.

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There were a lot of cool vendors inside. But they were all kind of expensive since inside is prime real estate. We headed back outside to be met by…

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a horse-drawn carriage! Emily and I jumped right in line for a ride, but we didn’t make it on that trip, and decided we would just bag it.

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We explored some more vendors, before calling it a day!

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It was really fun to get to see some family, and to get to do some fall activities!

Stay tuned for my trip to Galway!

 

We attend a WWI ceremony

Read all about my last day in Edinburgh here and here! Since getting back to Ireland, it was school as usual. Unfortunately!

It was much more fun to head down to the pub for the night, then it is to wake up for class in the morning. But, I’m getting off topic!

The day after we got back from Edinburgh, we were asked to attend a special ceremony in town. In down town Dungarvan, they have a wall erected with all the names of the people who fought for Ireland (Britain) in World War I. Mostly, the wall focuses on those who were from the Waterford area of Ireland, since that’s were Dungarvan is.

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For this ceremony, they were adding a name to the wall that wasn’t on there before. Since the British and the Irish have such a sordid past, not many Irish people admit to fighting in WWI, since they had to fight for the British. Many people in Ireland today still  claim that they didn’t have relatives who fought in the war even though they are in records as having fought.

While we attended the ceremony, we were lucky enough to be joined by one of the officials from the Irish government who was originally from the Waterford area.

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With him, he brought some really cool artifacts that his grandfather had collected during WWI. One of the really cool things he brought (he would come to our class later in the day and do a presentation for us) was an actual propeller off of a plane from WWI! It was really cool to see it and get to hear about the Irish involvement in WWI.

Before the ceremony started, we got a little lesson on the different types of marble used in the wall, and the different types of marble used for tombstones, and such, in Ireland.

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Please excuse how tired I look. I had been back in Ireland for only a few hours and hadn’t really recovered from our weekend in Edinburgh yet. 

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You can kind of see the propeller sticking out of his backpack! It was such a cool artifact to get to see!

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As it turns out, there is a lot to marble. There was a lot I didn’t know, and it was nice to see someone who was really passionate about it. I can’t recollect the exact marble that they built the wall out of but I do remember it was imported from somewhere exotic!

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After we learned all about the marble selection of the wall, we got to get a little history lesson on some of the men and women who fought in WWI from the area.

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After our brief history lesson, we got a little lesson on how they would add the name, then we were all asked to take a step back and they got to work adding in the name.

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After they were finished putting in the name, they showed us the proper clean-up technique, since there was a lot of dust on the ground in front of the wall.

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Be sure to enjoy our Irish “grandpa” Tom Keith on the end! Some of the photos in this post are his that I’ve borrowed. 

We then got a few group shots for posterity and were able to call it a day! It was actually very sweet of the people of Dungarvan to let us be there, and take part in, this ceremony. I learned so much about Irish history, and Irish involvement in WWI. It was really shocking to learn some of the more grim details, but I suppose that’s history, for ya!

We left the ceremony all full of WWI history, and returned to class for a few more hours. Once class was over, and we were walking back to the townhouse, we realized that there were seals in the bay!

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You can see them sitting on the surfboard in the middle! Now, we knew that there was one seal that liked to chill in the bay (His name is Sammy, the Seal) but we had never seen two before! It was really exciting that Sammy had a girlfriend! And, yes, the people of Dungarvan put a surfboard out there for him to sit on when he comes to visit!

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Our pretty bay!

So, I guess that’s all from me today! Stay tuned to hear all about my trip to Galway!

 

Edinburgh Day 2: We get the crap scared out of us in a dungeon

You can catch up on our adventures in Edinburgh here and here and here! After we finished with lunch at the Tolbooth Tavern, the Scott Monument. It was a little bit of a far walk from where we had lunch but it seemed rather iconic for Edinburgh so we decided the hike was worth it.

The Scott Monument is dedicated to  Sir Walter Scott, the Edinburgh-born writer. As an English nerd, I was excited to see the monument!

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The Scott Monument is that really tall dark spire! It was model after Roslyn chapel!

The monument itself was situated beside a lovely little park, which we took a quick walk through before heading over to the monument.

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There were daffodils everywhere which made us all think of springtime in the states! So, I had to stop and get a quick picture with them since at the time there was still snow in my native PA.  

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As I’m sure you can see, the monument was under construction. We couldn’t get very close, and we also weren’t able to go up inside, which made me a little sad, but we got to take some pictures of the outside so it ended up being okay.

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After we were done at the Scott Monument, we remembered that we had bought tickets to go into the Edinburgh Dungeons! We then left the monument, guided by my excellent sense of direction, to attempt to find the dungeons.

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Once we got super lost (and I mean super lost! We had to stop and ask directions like four times, because as it turns out Edinburgh is a little (lot) bit confusing. It had a lot of little side streets), but we got to see a lot more of the city so it made up for it!

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Eventually, we did find our way to the dungeons, only to realize that it was more of a haunted house scenario. The Edinburgh Dungeon takes you through some of the scary, and weird moments of Edinburgh’s history. It focused on serial killer/ cannibal Sawney Bean and his family who lived in caves and ate people. And explored the more gruesome sides of surgery and living conditions of Edinburgh at the time.

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This is our photo waiting to go on our tour! As you can see, it’s freaking dark! And I am a total pansy so I refused to go anywhere first!

The tour starts with a judge and a courtroom, sentencing you to prison. The ride featured real people acting out the parts, like in a haunted house. The tour moves to a torturer and we get the story of Sawney Bean. After that you went on a boat ride, and it was a legit boat ride through the caves looking for Sawney Bean. I disliked this part cause I don’t do boats.

Eventually, you catch up with Sawney Bean and some of his children. This part scared the crap out of all of us, as they had a tendency to pop up out of nowhere. After that, you went and watched a “surgery” before moving out into a graveyard with the grave diggers Burke and Hare. From there you go out into the streets of Edinburgh to see the condition of the city. The actor in this part scared the shit out of me!

Next you moved into the room of The Green Lady. This room was terrifying because the benches and furniture would move, and then the freaking Green Lady would just pop out at you. She got Naomi pretty good at one point.

From there, you move to meet the hangman, and take a drop ride where you get “hung.” From there you move into a mirror labyrinth before being set free into the gift shop.

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It was actually a really good time! I didn’t think it was going to be as fun as it was. I’m one of those people that gets scared, and then screams shrilly, before realizing its fact and starting to laugh. I think Naomi’s poor mom had a rough time with it, but the rest of us really enjoyed it!

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Once we had caught our breath after the dungeon, we headed back towards the hostel, taking the long way so we could get some more views of the city as it was our last day.

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That’s the back end of the Writer’s Museum!

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Edinburgh truly is a stunning city! And I absolutely fell in love with it! I really can’t wait for an opportunity to go back and see it all again.

We ended up going back to our favorite pub again for dinner, The Ensign Ewart. WE had gone there the night before, and decided to come back because we loved the food and the atmosphere!

Ensign Ewart at the highest point in Edinburgh.

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I saw that they had Bulmers Pear, so naturally, I had to give it a try. It was also really delicious! 

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And then I tried this cider from New Zealand, which I have found nowhere else but this pub since. It is a gift from God is how good it is!

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We started the night off with some cheesy garlic bread…

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and moved on to a venison casserole that was delicious! And I don’t even like venison so that’s really saying something!

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We made a bit of a mess!

As we were eating dinner, a band came in and starting playing that were beyond fabulous! Scottish music and Irish music sound rather similar (Sorry if that offends anyone) so I felt right at home sitting and listening!

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After dinner, we decided we wanted one last look at the Castle, before heading back to the hostel and calling it a night!

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We think there was some type of fancy shindig going on at the Castle that night because there were a ton of fancy cars parked out front. And I’m talking like FANCY cars! You can kind of see them of the corner in this picture!

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We found a phone booth, so of course, I had to take the stereotypical phone booth photo!

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I snapped a pic of our hostel sign, and then we decided to call it a night!

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One more pic of Castle Rock.

We all went right to bed, as we had to wake up at 3 a.m. to catch our 5 a.m. flight back to Ireland. This didn’t sound so bad in theory, but it absolutely sucked the day of.

I forgot to mention before that all the rooms in Castle Rock are based off of a movie, and ours was Star Wars. I had gotten to sleep in the Yoda bunk while we were there!  I snapped a few pics of the room so I’d remember before we headed out really early that morning!

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We got to the bus station really early, and had to wait a while for it to get there and take us to the airport. But it gave me a chance to snap one last pic of Edinburgh!

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We hopped our flight back to Ireland, and got stuck in the airport there for a long time waiting for our bus to take us back to Dungarvan. Apparently the travels of the day really took it out of me and Naomi…

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So, that concludes our trip to Scotland! Stay tuned to hear about my adventures around Dungarvan, and into Galway!

 

Edinburgh Day 2: I almost die hiking a mountain

Read all about our first day in Scotland here and here. Our second day in Edinburgh began really early (mostly because someone in our room was snoring, and I won’t name names, but it woke me up and I couldn’t fall back asleep after). Everyone else eventually gets up, and we all get ready for the day.

We stopped at the reception desk and asked where a good place for breakfast was, and they sent us down the road a ways to The City Cafe. It had a really cool atmosphere inside; it was almost a little punk rock, filled with newspapers and posters of bands pasted on the walls.

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We all ordered, and it was delicious!

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We set off from breakfast, heading for the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens residence in Scotland, because I love castles! The castle is a decent hike from the center of Edinburgh so we set off right after breakfast.

On our way, we spotted a church that had been converted into a craft fair. Naturally, we had to stop in and check it out!

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It was really cool to see a church space converted like this. There were so many talented artists and crafts mans in there! I think Naomi’s mom could have happily spent the rest of the day exploring in there!

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We left the craft fair, just as a street performer was starting up in the street outside. We stopped for a while to watch him! His tricks were very cool! He did a lot of stuff with fire, which freaked me out a little since I was some flammable product in my hair, but we all left with our hair intact.

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As we wandered, Naomi’s mother spotted a sign for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, so we pulled over for a pit-stop and checked out the cathedral!

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It was a very little, quaint cathedral. It wasn’t overly decorated, but it was still lovely!

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We continued our trek through old Edinburgh, getting to enjoy all the old buildings! This was probably my favorite part of Edinburgh. It still maintains its old-fashioned charms. It feels like stepping back in time!

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This building comes back into the story later!

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So, we made it to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, only to realize that you can only get in with a tour and none of us really wanted to wait for the next tour time. We decided to hike Arthur’s Seat instead, since it was at the back of the Palace.

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It was a little bit more of an ambitios hike than we were dressed for. It was a struggle in our boots and jeans. You should consider wearing sturdy shoes when hiking this area.

Luckily though, we had prefect weather and the views were lovely, so it made it totally worth it, despite the rocks in my shoes!

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I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to let me go hiking! I almost slipped and died more times than I can count. And, if I went down, I was going to make a point of taking at least someone else down with me because I’m such a giver!

In all reality, I think the hike would have been much easier in better shoes, and if the ground was drier (it had rained the night before).

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We came down off the mountain, pretty tired and a little sweaty, since the weather suddenly became absolutely perfect! There was an ice cream truck right at the foot of the mountain (they had a nice little monopoly going! It was genius putting their truck there. I think just about everyone who came down got an ice cream who was near us!)

We stopped for ice cream and meandered back towards the Palace. We peeked in through the back gate and managed to see a little of the palace and some of gardens. We went back around to the front and checked on tour times, but it just didn’t make sense to wait that long, so we headed back into the city.

Remember this building? Well, I remembered walking past it on our way to the Palace and suggested we swing in for lunch and a pint!

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The building actually has a really cool history, and still has some of its old, vintage charm. The menu was named after some of the historic moments or people who had been there or where prominent in their history at that time. It was a really nice little touch!

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Whenever we went out to drink in Ireland, I always drank Bulmers so when I saw that they had a Red Berries Bulmers, I just had to try it. It was delicious!

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I also got some of the best, and cheesiest, mac and cheese ever, served via a very cool dumbwaiter system that the building still has and uses!

Lunch was wonderful, and we spent a good while just sitting, talking, and drinking. It was nice to take a minute and relax and simply enjoy being in Edinburgh!

Stay tuned for the conclusion of our Scottish adventure!

Edinburgh Day 1: I find the motherland

After we finished at the Castle and the tartan mill (read about that here), we headed off in search of the Writer’s Museum. As an English major (read nerd), I was beyond excited to see this museum!

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We naturally got lost! But, we got to see a lot more of Edinburgh, which was also totally worth it! Edinburgh is stunning! It still holds its medieval charm with its big old stone buildings! It was an incredible experience to get to explore this city!

I actually looked into going to grad school here because I fell in love with the city that much, but, shhhh, don’t tell my mom. She would kill me if I did that!

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Eventually, after looking in the complete wrong section of the city, we saw it tucked away in it’s own little courtyard right off the main street we had spent the beginning part of the day on.

So, if you plan on going to the Writer’s Museum, be sure to look for it on the map before you blindly head off to try and find it! I was so excited to see this museum! It was like finding the motherland for English majors!

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It was the cutest building! It was really tall and skinny, and looked like something out of a storybook (Oh, the irony!)!

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I was excited!

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The first room you walk into is a combination of a gift shop (where I did not buy a whole bunch of stuff!), and a little living room area. It was full of comfy old arm chairs and a fireplace. I really wanted to curl up with a book and just read for hours!

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On the main floor, they had a big exhibit about Robert Burns. This wasn’t an author I was familiar with before we went to this museum, so it was really nice to learn about a new author that I wasn’t familiar with!

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Naomi likes to ruin all my nice pictures!

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After we finished exploring the first floor, we climbed the tiny spiral staircase up to the very top floor attic area. Inside, they had an old printing press! This was soooo cool to see since I’m a nerd and really like that kind of stuff!

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Heather also likes to ruin my pretty pictures!

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We hung out in the courtyard for a while while we tried to figure out where we wanted to go next. This was a little irritating to me since I like to have a plan going into each trip, but I decided to roll with the punches and let them decide. We had done the two things I had really wanted to do so I was fine with whatever they decided to do next.

But I did find a way to kill the time while they decided…

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Yea, that happened…

So, we decided that we wanted to head to the Elephant House Cafe next for a snack. This was wildly exciting for me since I am a huge Harry Potter fan!

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For those that don’t know, this is where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter! It was so exciting to sit in the same cafe where she wrote Harry Potter!

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I got a cappuccino and a piece of lemon and lavender cake that were both delicious!

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I highly recommend checking out Elephant House if you’re ever in Edinburgh! The staff are great and you can be as nerdy as you want in there and nobody judges!

Once we were done there, we started wandering up towards a church that Naomi’s mom wanted to see. Before we got there though, we saw the National Library and decided to stop in since two of the four of us were English majors.

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We saw a few floors of books but you weren’t allowed to take pictures. While we were there they had an exhibit on the Plague and Illnesses in medieval Scotland. While it was rather gruesome at times, it was something cool to learn about!

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In a lot of the cabinets, designed to look like coffins, they had actual old body parts that had suffered from that particular disease. Some were real nasty to look at!

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It was ultimately a really cool exhibit to explore! It did gross me out a little but it was really cool to check out and to give us a little history lesson.

After we were done at the National Library, we headed of to Saint Giles Cathedral, the church Naomi’s mom wanted to see.

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I got sassed at this point by a lovely worker-bee, who told me that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral. I’m sure you know where this is headed. So, I whipped out the cellphone and snapped pictures when I was sure no one was watching!

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We left Saint Giles Cathedral, and decided it was probably time for an early dinner and an early bedtime. We found a cute little Italian place, called Bella Italia, down the road from the cathedral and stopped in for dinner.

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I got Carbonara as it’s my favorite Italian dish! It was soooo good! We followed it up with some very decadent desserts!

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After dinner, we headed back towards the hostel. We all got ready for bed and fell right to sleep to gain back our energy for another busy day in Scotland the following morning. Stay tuned!