Ring of Kerry

Trip Start Jan 24, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2011

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Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Friday, January 28, 2011

On Thursday, me mom and dad went to the wonderful O'Sullivan's to purchase a bike for me to ride to school everyday. Most of the ladies here have cute bicycles with baskets on the front of their bikes. I really wanted one, but I settled for a male bike with saddle bags on the back to hold my groceries.

 We drove to St. Oliver's for a meet and greet with the teachers and principal. We arrive at the front office and without anyone knowing we were coming...they knew exactly who I was. What a wonderful way to start my new experience! They said they had anticipated my arrival and were looking forward to working with me. We met with the fabulous Mr. Darcy (principal). He was so nice and had so much to say. He gave us a tour of the school and we popped (I love this word now) in a few of the junior infant and senior infant classes (those start at ages 5). The little kiddies just love their principal so much! He calls them all "his stars"! I met so many wonderful teachers! They were all so so so friendly and welcoming. I even met another teacher named Mrs. Cassidy!!! Of course she is great!...or I guess I should say "Grand". American students are so cute and I love them so much...but my new Irish students give them competition, because their accents are so dang adorable and beautiful red Irish curls! The students play outside...but I think I found a new definition for what "play" means. These kids run around as fast as they can on the yard (concrete) during their breaks. Some of the girls told me they like to play hopscotch. Unfortunately in America it seems like those days are over. My dad said "these Irish students are having some good old-fashion fun." He said when he used to play outside at recess they didn't have these big jungle gyms to swing from...they ran around and yelled and went back into school with bloody knees. The kids are so well-behaved in class...it makes me wonder if it is due in large part to them running around as fast as they can and yelling at the top of their lungs to get out all that built up energy at play time. 
Mr. Darcy introduced me to so many classes and they applauded me and asked me all kinds of questions about where I'm from and the United States and they had me locate it on a map. I showed them where it was and told them I arrived in Ireland by plane and showed my flight route on a map. The kids were so excited. They asked me if I am from the same place as Johnny Cash. Many of the classes asked me if I was from New York City. I find out later that they have had previous student teachers from New York and one from Nashville. I can't wait to tell them all about hotlanta and the most amazing AUBURN UNIVERSITY and the War Eagle. It was a great morning. My mom, dad, and I all walked out of the school with the biggest smiles on our faces, because we all knew how lucky I was to get to spend my semester at such a GRAND school.  

Mr. Darcy told us that we must see the Ring of Kerry! So we did.  
Friday morning...we woke up late (still jet lagged). We decided to take the self-guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, because our brilliant (also new word) travel guide, Rick Steve, suggested self-guided would be less touristy. 
PLEASE ENJOY THE PICTURES...because I made mom and dad stop the car every 10 minutes to take pictures and videos of Auburn sheep, lakes, mountains, castles, random moss-covered houses, churches, etc... I love sheep. The mountain sides are covered with tiny white dots. If your real lucky...they will be close to the road (or in the road) and you can chase them and they run away baaaa-ing. 
The tour was supposed to be 3 hours maximum. I think it took us around 6. Oopsie. 

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