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... Protestants called it Derry and the Catholics call it Londonderry. This was the city where Bloody Sunday occurred back in the 60's. 16 Innocent unarmed men were killed during a peaceful protest. 61 German U boats surrendered in river at end of WWII. US military left in 1976. there were 700 GI brides. From Derry traveled along Lough Foyle towards Giant's Causeway. Went through lots of small towns(Bally). Port Rush home of golfer Rory McLaroy. Passed by Dunluce Castle on coast. ...
... research and we found ourselves walking out of the "touristy" city center area where we were staying at the top notch Merrion Hotel and into a nearby local neighborhood which was very cool. The local restaurant bar Jen found was perfect, rather large and full of life ... And extremely good food.
That leads me to another tangent -- I'd expected to be less than impressed withe food in Ireland. Silly Americans are led to believe it's all bland potatoes, "mash" as it ...
... a drop shot of baileys and whiskey.... Drop the shot in the pint and chug before it curdles). Well checking that off my bucket list we moved on down the road and into a pub called O'sheas where they were playing live music and dancing some Irish dances. It was really cool to watch and even though we were much younger than the rest of the crowd it was a little bit like a kitchen party. We had one more round of Guinness and then I headed off home because I needed to get up early ...
... now down in Cork. We had a coffee, Irish of course while we waited for the tour to start. While we were waiting it started to rain heavy so Peter went and got us 4 plastic poncho plastic macks in case we needed them later which fortunately we didn't, they might come in handy later perhaps. We saw a film of how Jameson whiskey started an then had a tour of the premises which was set up to how it was made from the barley ...
... routine: I wake
up at 7 am to shower and get ready, go to breakfast in the deck 6 Garden Lounge
at 7:45 am, then World Regional Geography class at 8 am to 9:15. Then,
Anthropology of Tourism from 9:20 to 10:35 am. From there, I either take a nap
until lunch or get some homework, emails, or blogging done. I usually eat lunch
in the deck 6 Garden Lounge with whichever of my friends I find. If it's a
warm, sunny day and not too windy, I like to eat outside on the back ...