May 30, 2008
Nov 02, 2008
Am really loving my trip so far but have noticed, particularly today, that people get so caught up in photos that they barely see what they're there to see. I feel like I'm in the way if I just stand there and contemplate the beauty of a place, instead of taking ten million photos of it. I still take pictures, but I think, particularly with such majestic places such as the ones I saw today, you just can't capture the beauty with a camera.
Jumped on a tour to the Wicklow mountains today. Was a bit of a shocking day - at one point we just had to trust the guide when he said there was a beautiful lake on the right hand side - we couldn't see more than 2 metres ahead of us. We saw beautiful green mountains, huge valleys and gushing waterfalls. Our guide, Eamon, was a very proud Dubliner, and taught me how to say a few things in Irish - including (this is phonetic) "Is two magrew gay-yel" which means 'you are my bright love'. I thought that was so sweet - it's what they say instead of 'I love you'. Learnt a lot about the history of the Irish language and the significance of the Celtic cross, which I loved. Also saw lots of cool flora - heather, blueberries, rhoderdendrons, ferns and more. The woods that we walked through to get to an ancient monestry were really different to anything I've experienced in Australia - dense, green, woody, and dark. Red Riding Hood country.