Workin' for a Livin'

Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
Trip End Jul 07, 2012

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Written by Rebecca
We got up early, had breakfast, and were picked up by a taxi for our short ride to the University of Limerick where we gave our workshop. There ended up being about 90-100 people there from all branches of the university and from some other Irish institutions as well. We were in a very large auditorium and folks spread out all over it—not ideal for connecting personally with participants. The topic was active learning and it was well received. The workshop ended at about 12:30 and we went back to the hotel to retrieve our bags and the car and decided to eat a quick lunch there before getting on the road.

Rich did a great job getting us to Galway (about a 90 minute drive) much of the way in the rain. We stopped by the Ardawn House to drop off the key that we had taken with us after our last stay. Then we made our way to the Westwood House Hotel, our home for the next three nights. It's a lovely place and we have a comfy room and easy wifi access, always a plus.

At about 7:00 we drove to the barbecue welcome dinner for the conference. It was at the student center on the National University of Ireland, Galway campus and very well done. They had grilled burgers, sausage, Cajun chicken, vegatarian stuffed peppers, and all the trimmings including baked potatoes to die for. There was a really pleasant trio with an excellent singer treating us to a regular American songbook—What a Wonderful World, Walk on By, Lullaby of Birdland, and a bunch of other songs we can’t remember at this point. We didn’t know a soul there and ended up chatting with an American from Auburn University. We decided to leave early and ran into Declan, his family, and a couple of guys from the EXCEED faculty development program for civil engineers and had a nice conversation. Then it was back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
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Marcia on

Glad your workshop went well and that you're now back to enjoying your last few days in Ireland.

We went to a 4th of July picnic (indoors due to heat and then threat of rain) at Marcia DeSonier's place up in Tunnel Springs, AL.....about a 2 hour drive from Pensacola. She has a wonderful old farm house that is filled with antiques and interesting stuff she has gathered over the years. We had a great lunch of Honey baked Ham, tater salad, black bean and corn salad, fresh out of the garden tomatoes, yellow squash, rolls, the dip I made..... Too much to list! And I didn't even mention desserts. It was divine and we had a lovely time.

I don't suppose YOU had a July 4th celebration to report? LOL

Looking forward to your next installment. When we got home from Alabama the neighbor kids were shooting off sparklers, firecrackers and bottle rockets. Oh could be a LONG night. :) And most of that stuff is not even legal in Florida.

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