Beara Peninsula

Trip Start Feb 15, 2011
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Trip End Feb 15, 2013


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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Thursday, July 28, 2011

After our short trip to the Mizen Head area, we made our way one peninsula to the north and spent a few days of solitude and relaxation in the Beara Peninsula. We stayed half way between a town called Castletownbere and Allihies, at a hostel mostly run by volunteer, fellow hostellers. Besides its amazing location and scenery, probably the most unique thing about this hostel is that it shares its property with a Buddhist meditation retreat centre. Travelers are welcome to participate in the daily open meditation classes, fresh vegetarian cuisine and other facilities offered by the retreat centre.

We spent our time here relaxing, reading and sleeping in our wooden bunk bed, fort type beds, and walking through the serene Beara wilderness.Oh! And, we hitchhiked for the first time. What a different experience being on the other end of the thumb. One starts to feel slightly rejected when car after car with empty seats drive right on past you and driver after driver apologetically waves and shrugs. But, with no other option at hand, we patiently thumbed it and in a short while, were picked up by a very friendly Dutch driver.

Our stay at the Garranes hostel and glimpse into the Dzogchen Beara was a really neat experience and a much welcomed break from the busy day to day tasks.

Not having had to resort to showing any leg for a lift yet,
Robyn and Leann
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