After spending twenty minutes getting some notes down onto the laptop, Barbara, one of my roommates, and I headed into town
. I needed to purchase a bus ticket for my journey into Belfast on Thursday. I will be visiting my best friend from high school, Kim! It was rather easy to purchase the ticket and the lady working there was so nice about answering and offering help if needed. I even got to use my college Id to gain a greater discount on the fare. Not too bad! I then finally purchased a new hairdryer. (Only 10 euro, not too bad.) The only trouble is I still need a new fuse for my convertor before I can use my straight iron again. They didn’t have any in the two places that I checked today. We then walked along a few of the streets to see what else the city had to offer. Afterwards we decided that we were pretty hungry so we stopped at Druid Lane Restaurant for dinner. I ordered a nice fish casserole. It had halibut, salmon and one other fish in it with a light cream sauce and mashed potatoes on top. It also included a small side salad. Since we had gotten there early we were able to sit outside along the street (great for people watching) and also took advantage of the Early Bird Menu. My meal came with dessert, a chocolate brownie-like delight. Yum! (My first official dessert in Ireland.)
It was then time to head back and try to get some work done. I checked in with the apartment registration and squared away the necessary details for my neighbor, Katy’s, arrival next week. Once back at the room, I prepared for tomorrow and Skyped with my dear husband. (Isn’t technology grand?!) I need to head to bed here soon as we have an early start. We are headed to the North West Connemara area where we will visit Kylemore Abbey and “Explore 7000 years of Connemara History and Archaeology on Omey Island.” I can’t wait!!!
We started our day back in the classroom. Our morning speaker explained to us the Irish Education System in greater detail. He centered his speaking mainly on concepts of education at the secondary level. After a "coffee break" we broke into smaller groups and met with secondary school teachers. I sat in on the secondary special education teachers' session. It’s disheartening to hear that due to the massive recession that Ireland is experiencing, a program of assistance for assist those students who would have normally fall through the cracks and is working, has been cut off for next year’s students. Once again, I feel lucky to be teaching in the States. I spent my lunch break finding my way through the library. Our afternoon session presenter spoke on issues relating to Church and State in the Irish Education.