Welcome to Ireland! I was so excited to read that sign as i landed at the Shannon airport! I giggled when i first heard the irish accent- its so adorable! It was a bit rainy when i landed, but i've gotten the impression thats how it is mostly. I got on to my bus connection fine, and although it was 3 am my time, i tried to keep my eyes open to look at the scenery passing me by. Switched busses in Limerick, I hit my head on the luggage door, twice.... My bag is VERY heavy, and with each step i took i could think of something that i should have left behind.
My stop was Kilarney and i waited about 3 mins until Mr. Harnett showed up. Lovely man! Very energetic which makes things fun,
We went to the grocery store 'tesco' and i followed him with the cart as he quickley pulled things of the shelf. There was a little cafe upstairs, and because of nerves, i didn't want to eat anything, so i had some fanta. It kind of felt like i was sleep walking because i was so tired.
We drove through Kilarney national/ state park- wow! to describe it would be a waste of 80 million pages, its indescribable- huge lakes with waterfalls, just grand! We went to Kenmare to see the Harnett's shop- Geekskemaria (look it up! its mrs.har. first name). Then we came 'home'
Rolling hills surrounding the Kenmare river that flows into the Atlantic, little white dots on the hills are sheep 'chillaxin' His house is about half way up the mountain, and full of crazy twists and turns to get there.
(European drivers are nuts. period. note to self- find out how much 60 km/hr is in mph, this is how fast he goes on 1 lane roads. holy crap- sometimes i'm scared for my life. sometimes...) anyway! So its gorgeous- i can't wait to have pictures up!
which reminds me- M.H. is getting broadband sometime this week. He was supposed to get it today, but we're not really sure what happened. I guess the person who puts in the broadband is a volunteer, and the reciever for the broadband is run from a combination of battery, sun and wind power.... so eventually, we'll get it, just not today!
I think i napped most of that day (jet lag= crap.) b
We drove to the next town- carahdaniel, again- adorable. all of the towns/villages have mostly the same things- post office, small store and a pu. o! and there are A TON of bed and breakfasts' around, and i think there about 30£ a night.. (i have no clue how much $) but its really cheap! so come vacation here!
We walked down the beach with the dog (finn), and up to this island with a VERY haunting graveyard and an abandoned stone church. Looking at it with the sunset and the ocean- really was amazing!
ok... so next day.. hmm... (i should have wrote sooner, i'm starting to forget)
we had porridge every morning, tastes like oatmeal except with warm milk. pretty good, very filling! Oh with this whole wwoofing thing, its a trade of room and board with some help around from me. Since he really doesn't NEED me, my work load has been light. i took all his books off his shelf, alphabitized and cleaned them. i must say, i did pretty well! i've been doing dishes, but probably the biggest thing is weeding the entry way- its about 20 feet long and sometimes 4 ft wide, and LOTS of weeds. After 2 days i'm about halfway done. My hands are a bit raunchy, but whatever, i can think of A LOT worse things!
O! the llamas! so theres 5 of them (soon to be 3 alpacas that keep on sneaking out of their owners gate so they are moving over here) They are the luckiest llamas in the world! they have a whole mountain to hand out on. And abandoned stone houses to chill in. I asked how often should we feed them, and MH said that they just eat whats around (and there is a lot of that).
So one of the last few days i took a hike to carahdaniel. So far i think thats one of my favorite things i've done. Although i was alone, it was still amazing- its probably a 2 hour hike to town, but i was a total tourist and took lots of pictures along the way. Its funny, because the path i walked on cuts through peoples properties (over gates= fun), so i was walking and when i looked up a cow was in front of me! Not being a cow person, all i could think of was the running of the bulls in spain, and stood there not moving for about 10 mins, until it noticed me and backed away. Also passed a lot of sheep. A lot of sheep, A LOT O SHEEP!! haha! i still get excited when i see them though! I took a cool picture that looked like i was eating about 5 of them in the background! haha... ya, its weird.
I went up over the mountain and on the other side is caradaniel. I went to the pub and had my fist guiness of ireland!! I met this really nice couple from austrailia who stayed in youth hostels, even though they were about 60, just to talk to the 'youths', a bit creepy, but they were very nice!
I then started walking to a famous house, (i always forget the guys name- but he was nicknamed 'the liberator.' and did a lot of non violence for catholic rights stuff back in the day. i went through the house and saw all his old stuff. afterwards i thought... ' yup, thats a lot of old stuff.' He did have a chair/ throne thing that was cool, it had a greyhound/ some type of dog carved out of wood, with a gold collar and ruby eyes. the eyes creeped me out.
his back yard was the beach so i chilled there for a bit. HUGE waves- very clear water. so i watched some guy fish for a bit, then went on a nature walk around his 'garden' he collected south american plants. which are nice... kind of... some just looked like sticks in the ground. i think they aren't in ireland for a reason. whatever...
the weathers been great, every hour or so a black cloud will come by and rain a bit, but once thats done its really bright and sunny. TOTALLY forgot my sunglasses. dad even asked if i had them. oh well!
oh! about a mile away is this sweet fort! its called staigue fort. i'm probably spelling that horribly but i think thats been a common theme in this entry. its this huge round 'building ish' that was just left. Its surprising howmany stone huts there are decaying around. they are all beautiful, but very eery.
another day ago, i helped make a scarf-
Dear mrs. West-
THANK YOU for teaching me how to felt and card and do sweet things with wool- its REALLY REALLY helping here!
So we take a silk piece of material and layer it with different colors of wool, and they come out looking gorgeous- i think that is going to be my souvenir from here, there a bit pricey, but i haven't really spent my money on anything else other than chocolate.
WHICH IS AMAZING!! everytime i go to the general store i try a different chocolate. last time it was turkish creme from cadbury- tasted just like a rose smells! and the chocolate- hersheys deserves to be punched, hard.
hmm.. i hope i'm not forgetting anything! if you want to write me a message- i love emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love you all and i am of course missing you!