Back in Ireland!

Trip Start May 20, 2007
Trip End Jun 25, 2007

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Land ho!!!

Soooo glad to be back in really does feel like home (or at least grandma's home)

Walked about a mile through town to our lovely B&B...Faythe Guest House (one of the best places we have ever stayed...highly recommended!)
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(my side of the room looked like this...her side always looked like this)

Off to explore Wexford Town (a typical Irish port city)...
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After 4 weeks, an Irish Pub and some Guinness at last!
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Next morning: 7am bus to Limerick
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Our very last night in Ireland...

Arrive at Bunratty Village, after a 4 hour bus ride to Limerick (back to the storage place to get all of Sarah's shit!), and 2 taxi's -to fit all the stuff- around 1pm.
                                               15 Bunratty   Bunratty Castle dates back to the 1200's
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Lunch at Durty Nelly's,.the village's pub since the 15th century...
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       (look closely at the glasses...can you see the shamrocks in the foam?)

..and our final evening was spent at Bunratty Castle's Medieval Banquet...the perfect ending!

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    (we drank ALOT of red wine with the Italian honeymooners across from us)

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**These past five weeks have been an amazing experience and I am so glad I got to share it with Sarah.  How lucky she is to have had this opportunity at such a young age and to experience so much.

Although I have missed my family and home more than words could ever describe...there are many things I will forever miss about the places & people we encountered along our journey, but in general I will miss...

German manners
Italian charm
London style
Belgium street waffles
Austrian views
Wales' fresh air
Spain, well, I literally missed it
French sophistication (and that yogurt!)
Netherlands/Holland - EVERYTHING!
Czech......(still thinking?)
Irish swearing and their Guinness (it really does taste better here!)

Things I will NEVER take for granted again...
- ice
-tipping a set amount
-regular time (as opposed to military time)
-fahrenheit degrees
-shower curtains or doors...or just showers!
-a washer & dryer!
-air conditioning
-doors that lock without a key
-cold 1% or 2% milk...not that warm cream
-window screens
-all my gets old wearing the same thing for 5 weeks
-lazy Sundays
-'manly' American men...only the Aussies could compare
-my regular cell phone (w/ NO country codes!)
-lastly...the United States of America...  I have a deepened appreciation for where we live, what we have, and how lucky we all are!

Early morning, off to Shannon Airport by 6am....Home Sweet Home in 13 hours!

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AU REVIOUR!        &nbs p;         &nbs p;                   4 pm (est)!
(those 10+ days in France have taken their toll!)

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