Ireland: Day Four – Cliffs of Moher

  To quote The Irish Times: “The word unprecedented is a bit overused. But the amount of rain we have had is truly unprecedented.” And the wind was as well, with gusts up to 70kph, which is almost 45mph. This morning, at 7:00am a huge, very old tree next to the hotel, blew down with a thunderous, earth-shaking noise. The… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Three – Ring of Kerry

  Ireland surprised me a lot today. With the exception of the cliffs on the west coast, I had a mental image of the country as pastoral, relatively flat, and rather green. Today I saw mountains (or giant hills with lots of goats, sheep, and cows), coastal areas along the Atlantic Ocean that reminded me of California‘s famous Highway 1,… Continue reading

Ireland: An Aside

I must say, the Irish do seem to enjoy their drinking and singing. For the past two nights here in Killarney, I’ve been treated to early morning hour renditions of any number of American tunes sung by men and women walking home from the pubs. They seem to be having a grand time of it, singing almost as loudly as… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Two – Kilkenny to Killarney

Today was a very interesting travel day: from Kilkenny to Killarney. My travels first took me to town center Kilkenny to see the Castle Kilkenny, which is situated immediately next to a river. Immediate access to water seems to feature prominently in the ruins I’ve seen thus far. I recalled a professor’s comment at Emory: “Everything in human history is… Continue reading

Ireland: Day One – Dublin to Kilkenny

For me, the worst part of traveling an extended itinerary (both distance and duration) is actually getting to the destination. From LAX to Dublin, via Atlanta, was a bit of sitting. And, in my dreadfully customary way, I couldn’t sleep at all on the plane. I arrived dried out (think: eyes stick shut), exhausted, and grumpy. On arrival in Dublin… Continue reading