Workin' for a Livin'
Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
11Trip End Jul 07, 2012
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We got up early, had breakfast, and were picked up by a taxi for our short ride to the University of Limerick where we gave our workshop. There ended up being about 90-100 people there from all branches of the university and from some other Irish institutions as well. We were in a very large auditorium and folks spread out all over it—not ideal for connecting personally with participants. The topic was active learning and it was well received. The workshop ended at about 12:30 and we went back to the hotel to retrieve our bags and the car and decided to eat a quick lunch there before getting on the road.
Rich did a great job getting us to Galway (about a 90 minute drive) much of the way in the rain. We stopped by the Ardawn House to drop off the key that we had taken with us after our last stay
At about 7:00 we drove to the barbecue welcome dinner for the conference. It was at the student center on the National University of Ireland, Galway campus and very well done. They had grilled burgers, sausage, Cajun chicken, vegatarian stuffed peppers, and all the trimmings including baked potatoes to die for. There was a really pleasant trio with an excellent singer treating us to a regular American songbook—What a Wonderful World, Walk on By, Lullaby of Birdland, and a bunch of other songs we can’t remember at this point. We didn’t know a soul there and ended up chatting with an American from Auburn University. We decided to leave early and ran into Declan, his family, and a couple of guys from the EXCEED faculty development program for civil engineers and had a nice conversation. Then it was back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.