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Trip Start Aug 21, 2008
Trip End Nov 18, 2008

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Wednesday, September 3, 2008

    Two flights, four homemade sandwiches, a 6 hour time change, and 8 hours of flying later, we're in Dublin.  The flight was good- not only did we get extra leg room (could have been a drowsy-induced mirage), the airlines gave us both dinner and breakfast.  We've already found the Irish to fully live up to their reputation for friendliness and willingness to chat.  We made temporary flight friends with three Irish on the way here.  I have to admit that while I was excited to be going to Europe, I had a slight fit of the emotional blahs at the airport in Newark- just from remembering family and friends we've said goodbye to.   Goodbye sadness doesn't really hit me until it's completely final- like we're at the airport and there's no turning back.  However, I'm so thankful to be doing this adventure with my very best friend (Scooter- duh).  We can't post pictures on this computer, but I'm kind of glad for that since the handful of pictures we have taken so far have captured me at my very finest.  (If you count frizzy/unkempt hair and the feeling of having a fuzzy, crusty glaze of airport nastiness slime covering your face and hands - hands are gross mostly from this keyboard - yuck -as the very finest).

When the pilot informed us that the current weather was in the upper 40s, he neglected to mention the torrents of rain that were coming down in sheets.  Thankfully the rain has since stopped and the sun is out.  We also got the rental car which Scoot has been driving very nicely so far around Dublin.  It's very crowded today in the city, but we plan to head down towards Waterford where we are staying the night and save touring Dublin for the days right before we have to return to the States.  I feel that after surviving D.C. traffic at its worst, we can handle the traffic any city has to offer.   

In conclusion (as if this was a 10th grade term paper), so far Ireland is awesome!  On a side note, since I've been at this internet cafe, Scooter went to go move the car from the illegal spot it was in to a free space and hasn't returned.  That was half an hour ago!   Definitely pray for us- as a couple we readily admit to not being the brightest crayons in the bunch. 

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lschaefer on

So glad you made it safe! 40 degrees? Seriously? On September 3rd? Sheesh. It was 65 here yesterday and Jonas turned the heat on in the car!!! (-: Where are you staying while there--couch surfing yet? I'm so excited to hear how that goes...

adail on

Sounds like you're off to a good start! It'll be wierd today without my daily phone call to you guys. Kiss the blarney stone and drink a pint for me! Love you guys!


jollymolly on

Hey guys! I'm thinking about you and how much fun I know you're having over there in Ireland. I loved visiting there! Glad to hear you got there safely and things are off to a good start.

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