A wet sidetrip
Trip Start Aug 28, 2006
75Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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I started the trip by taking the overnight ferry from Cherbourg and ended up in Rosslare. it was sort of rough seas so I stayed huddled up in my cabin reading...got there and got right on a train for dublin. Spent a few days there walking around and took a bus trip up to Newgrange, which is a neolithic ruin and also to Tara, another tomb site. I forgot Ireland has such ancient history, these places were built before the pyramids and are really fascinating.
Next I headed to visit Percy and Patricia Donelly, you may recognize them from the India photos, the great Irish couple on my trip last december
After such a relaxing time I headed off on the bus to Galway on the west coast. Toured around the Connemara and had fun despite the rain. Then headed up to Donegal, further up the west coast. I stayed out by Kilcar and had a great all day hike on the Slieve League, some giant cliffs, and it was actually sunny! I was so used to the gloom that I wasn't prepared and actually got a sunburn. I was at the Super Valu, buying some bread and I saw a guy that looked like Matthew Broderick. I thought, hmm, mathew broderick must have irish blood, because that guy looks JUST like him. Well, then I turned and saw Sarah jessica parker, so it really was him...how random that they were there in that small town. Then I found out they have a house around there so everyone is used to them, it was just me that was gawking.
Next stop was up to the north coast, with a stop in Derry on the way. The coast was beautiful, sort of like northern california with the greenery of the napali coast. I stayed in Ballycastle and had a massive walk (about 15 miles) from town out to the giant's causeway. Again, I lucked out and had sun. luckily there was a really nice little pub at the end of my walk for a nice pint and some soup. The accent is much thicker in the north too, it's interesting to here the change...and they have their own Ulster pounds too and some union jacks flying. Sort of the same as the south, but different too. It was hard to imagine all the troubles being here now, you don't see anything. Just talking to one girl on the train, she whispered anytime I asked her about tensions, she said they are still high. Hopefully it is a bright future for them...
So, on to Scotland!