A Great Day In Dublin!

Trip Start Jun 29, 2009
Trip End Jul 17, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Friday, July 3, 2009

This morning we took a tour of Dublin in our coach.  Our guide, Aisling (pronounced Ashley) showed us Trinity University, the Georgian area, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and the president's home to mention just a few of the many landmarks we saw.  One interesting happening was that as we passed the president's home we had to pull over for the president's motorcade--quite impressive

In the afternoon we toured the Gaelic Athletic Association's stadium, which I might say is pretty darn impressive itself!  I won't elaborate too much as I plan to post our "scribe's" notes.  One thing that is interesting we learned is that they don't have professional teams as we do in the USA.  Instead they are national teams--like if we had a Kansas team, a Nebraska team, an Oklahoma team.  These are not college teams, but the county teams, like Cork, Kerry, etc..  They are not professional in that they have a "day job'" and just play for the love of the game.  There is incredible rivalry and pride between them.

Next came the highlight of the day----SHOPPING time!  

It may be a few days before you hear again as we head for Wales at 5:00 in the moring and I don't know how the internet access will be.  Until next time.................  ld

Day 5 by Derek:

Our day started like any other day--early!  Even though our events didn't start until 9:30 we still had to get up early.  We started the day off with a guided tour of the capital of Ireland, Dublin.  Our tour guide's name was Aisling, and she was great.  We got to see St. Patrick's church and some other important church, but I can't remember it's name.  After that we had a surprise lunch where we didn.t know what we were having to eat.  Sometimes they ask what we want.  

 After lunch we got to go to the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) museum and stadium, which was incredible.  It is the fourth biggest and the nicest Gaelic football and hurling stadium in Western Europe.  Next we got to go shopping in downtown Dublin which was very busy.  In comparison it was like twice as busy as the Wichita malls.  Now at the end of the day I'm here reflecting how lucky we are to be able to go to the places and experience the things that most people back in the states won't ever be able to experience.  I feel so blessed to be able to do these things.  Mom, Dad, and of course, Bethany, I love you guys and I hope you guys will be able to read this.

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