Day one Ireland

Trip Start Jan 16, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, March 11, 2013

5:20 am- wake up
5:40 am- go down stairs to meet people
5:45 am- freaking out cause no one is down stairs and I'm anxious about making our 6:20 bus to the airport
6 am- finally get on tube to go to bus stop
6:07 am- train sits at station for forever making me want to scream
6:18 am- finally get to stop run off train and sprint towards bus
6:20 am- watch bus drive off without us

It was a pretty rough hour for me mentally. Luckily there was another bus coming at 6:40. And because I'm so paranoid about time we made it to the airport with an hour to kill. Ran into some friends from school who were on the same flight as us. Ryanair wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was hard to sleep on the plane because there were constantly making announcements about selling things and there was a crying toddler sitting a row up from me. We got off the plane to a gorgeous day in Dublin. Got pretty green passport stamps (for saint pattys day). Took the 102 bus up to Malahide. Malahide is a cute little town north of Dublin, that houses one of the only castles near the city. The walk to the castle was through this pretty forest grounds. Lots of silly pictures were taken, mostly of me falling off a spinning log. Finally got to the castle and bought our tour tickets. First we went to the small museum they have in the first floor of the castle. The Talbot family that used to live in the castle inhabited it for over 800 years. There was a small period of time when Oliver Cromwell took over the castle during the civil war. The family finally had to move out because the last remaining family member, a daughter, could not afford inheritance tax and sold it to the government. There is also legend of multiple ghost living in the castle. The castle tour was really cool but no pictures could be take because the painting in the castle are on loan from some museum. The rooms were in their original state. One of the rooms had amazing wood detail. My favorite room was the great room/dinning room. It had a huge long wooden table and a balcony for musicians. There is a story of a breakfast one morning where 14 Talbot men ate breakfast at the table and that evening only one came back for dinner. The other 13 died in battle that day. After the tour we walked around the botanical gardens. It is one of the four botanical gardens in Ireland. The gardens were lovely but probably are much more lovely when things are in bloom. They also had a little exhibit about one of the Talbot men who was a botanist and traveled around the world collecting seeds and planted them at Malahide castle. The exhibit was very interactive. Getting to a late hour we decided to try and find our way to the Crowley's house. Grabbed a bus to the city center, made a pit stop in tesco for lunch and breakfast essentials for the rest of the week and then jumped on the 145 to cornselcourt. The bus we were on was not showing the names of the stops it was stopping at so feeling as anxious as I was in the morning I pretty much scared a passenger into telling us approximately how many stops we had to go. And then when we did get off I had to ask another nice Irish gentleman if I could use his phone to call the Crowley's and tell them we were here. Kevin met us at the garden door and walked us into the house. We met Aoife in the TV room where se was waiting to see who the new pope would be. We gave them to flowers we bought, settled our stuff in and all watched together the new pope coming out. After the climactic hour of waiting for the pope and then the boring speech he gave we had tea and cake. I sat with Aoife in the kitchen and talked. She brought me two boxes of photos to look through to see if I could find any pictures of Rita and Lee. Unfortunately the only thing I could find was some negatives of them. Aoife told me that she had more for me look through another night. Hopefully I will get lucky and find something. A great start to my midterm holiday in Dublin!
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