The people of Ireland were amazing -- both in the cozy towns and in the hostels. So many smiling faces! Our hostel in Kilarney was once a manor house and had a gorgeous grounds and view of the mountains. Okay, I'm giving in -- these hostels are not at all what I was dreading -- it's pretty cool to have your dinner outside looking at the sunset coming down over the green hills of Ireland and we've met some of the neatest travelers from all over the world.
We'll be back in touch soon -- have to decide where we're going next! :-)
Ten days in Ireland -- we'll be leaving on Sunday. The country was beautiful. Rolling hills, green fields, mountains and cliffs that seem to fall into the sea. There were castles to climb (well, Cheryl climbed, I took pictures), roads to navigate on the left side (again Cheryl drove the TINY roads, whizzing between huge tour buses and bicyclists as though she had done this forever -- I hung on for dear life hoping not to pitch off of a cliff!) and there were so many pubs to visit (we both did well on that!). We visited Dublin, Kilkenney, and Kilarney - two nights in Foulksraith Castle, then staying put for a few days in Kilarney to rent a car and see the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. There were ruins of castles along every road and sheep everywhere! We got kissed by a Bog Pony and had a baby Donkey come running over to have his head scratched :-)