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... from NY the air was clearer and it was less people there and we loved it. It wasn't Ireland but we escaped the hard times that were brought onto us back home so for now this will have to do. We found work as sharecroppers and we work hard for our money night and day and we are a lot happier here then we are in Ireland. It gets hard from time to time but I still miss home. I still think this was the best move for our family ...
What to say about the tour..... Aspects of it were amazing. We saw the giants causeway, the rope bridge and the titanic museum. We saw castles, and beautiful landscapes, and old pubs. We heard stories that would break your heart about the struggles of northern Ireland that have just very recently started to get better, but still have so far to go. We chased buses for their WI-fi, heard ridiculously awesome podcasts, and heard lots of ...
... bus out to our Dublin plane, there were a few other young Irish people on board who were also English teachers in Minsk, Georgia. It occurred to me that a lot of young Irish graduates are now making their livings in far flung places teaching english; the economy in Ireland hasn't enabled them to find work relevant to their degrees. Maybe I was lucky to have graduated in 2001 rather than 2011. We landed ...
... although it felt like a small scale version of some of the Celtic Festivals I used to attend back home in Maryland. I really enjoyed the Broken Strings Bluegrass Band playing in the historical village behind Glenarm Castle for more US-NI connections. I know with the rebirth of trad in Ireland and country in the States in the 1970s a lot of people found the connection between the two. I can't help but feel like the re-emergence of folk on the scene in more ...
... at the castle dropped our bags in our room and walked around the grounds of the castle. We walked down the river, down the rail road tracks, through the Victorian Gardens and all around. Normally I am not a bath person, but I guess you always want what you cant have. So every hotel I have been to during my travels I hope for a bath. Of course the castle has one :) and it was sooo luxurious! So after ...