All is going splendidly here. The weather hasn’t been the best, but we have fit in most of what we wanted to do in the dry spells. Over the weekend was a trip to Killarney, which involved a walk to Ross Castle, a bike ride to Muckross House and a gorgeous waterfall. This week has meant more visits to the Dingle peninsula coastline and several archeological expeditions where we saw ancient churches and fortresses. We have also experienced a bit of the local music scene, with live music in a pub, which I understand takes place in many pubs on just about any night of the week. Last night we went to Sean-nos, which is old-style a cappela Irish singing. Since it was four Irish singers and about 40 or so Americans, I don’t think the evening was quite traditional — there were some cowboy songs and pop songs thrown in there as well.
One of the best things about this trip is that we have had more contact with local people than most tourists do, since there is a local man in charge of the school activities, and he introduces us to all kinds of interesting people. We have had various guides take us around to the historical sites, all of whom have been extremely knowledgeable and very, very nice. Yesterday after the students’ archeological tour was over, Hobgoblin and I went with the guide on an extended tour of lesser-known religious sites, which involved tramping through mud, climbing over barbed wire, and sharing fields with outraged cows. It was most awesome. I do not want to go home!
Unfortunately, the slow wireless isn’t letting me post pictures right now, but perhaps I will have time to later.