Arriving in beautiful Ireland

Trip Start Jan 24, 2011
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Trip End May 08, 2011


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Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011
My mom, dad, and I landed at Shannon Airport Tuesday morning after a long red eye flight. We located our rental car and about 30 minutes later dad finally put it in drive. Packing the car with all of my suitcases was tricky...not to mention figuring out the windshield wipers for the windy rain. This was dad's first attempt at driving on the right side of the car and on the left side of the road. The most difficult part was using your left hand to maneuver the gears, because for some reason every car is stick shift. 

Over 1 hour 30 minutes and 30 round-a-bouts later...we reach the cutest, quaintest town of Killarney, Ireland!

We check into the most fabulous apartment (no offense Toomer)! Meet the nicest receptionists and get tips on places to go see down town. We strolled into town center (down town) and ate lunch at Salvadores. Very tasty! 

Tried to beat jet lag by going to bed at 8pm...but we all woke up around 1am and went back to bed around 2am after splitting a benedryl. Needless to say...we slept in until 11am the next morning. Who does that...there first day in IRELAND??

January 26, 2011 Mom's Birthday!
 Wake up and plan to take my first Irish shower around noon. 5 minutes into it...conditioner in my hair and lathered in soap...the water shuts off. I forgot to mention that my apartment is extremely energy efficient. The U.S. is nowhere near as green as my apartment is! Well, I finished bathing in the sink.

We walked down the street to get a cell phone and wireless internet so I can talk to yall! 
We ate lunch at a delicious restaurant and I had penne pasta with smoked salmon! 

Later we drove to see the Muckross House and the Killarney National Park that is backed up to my town!! It's beautiful...check out the pictures!

We came home and cooked mom a birthday dinner at the magnificent apartment and we walked into town for an Irish beer at our first Irish pub! Live Irish band...so good, so cool! 
They bring you pint glasses with the label of the beer you are drinking. Not like in America where you order a Heineken and they serve it to you in a Budweiser glass.

Walked home after midnight... and here I am blogging because I can't sleep at 4am. 
Hope you enjoy!
CHEERS and goodnight!  
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Shannon Rogers on

I am so glad you guys got there safe! I hope that you get well acquainted with your new home. Happy Late Birthday to your momma tell her I say hey. Also tell your dad that I am so proud of him for the bravery to drive the car! I love hearing your arrival stories, I couldn't stop smiling, and that you landed in SHANNON! I am so happy for you, but I must say I am super jealous! Is the apartment your in where you will be for the semester, or will you be traveling around?

fingecl
fingecl on

I will be in this apartment for most of the semester...but i will be traveling around to visit other places!

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