Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Enjoy!!!! (Updated)

It finally worked! The video is 10 minutes long and there is music. I hope everyone enjoys it! Now off to head to work on the icy roads, whaoo!!! the roads weren't icy at all like they were saying on the news... they were actually dry. Oh well.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I Promise... I am working on it...

Well, I am trying really hard to get this video uploaded. Things are not working well right now. As I am sitting here, I am listening to the rain outside and cringing, knowing that they are predicting snow overnight which means the rain that is falling right now will be a nice sheet of ice on the roads tomorrow morning.

Okay, so it isn't working tonight. I am getting really frustrated now. Maybe I will try it one more time overnight. I need to get to bed though. Hopefully, things will work after I go to bed and it will be all set in the morning. You know the saying... "A watched pot never boils."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pictures are coming... I promise!!!

I just finished up a slideshow of my pictures and a bit of video with music, I went to upload to YouTube to share with everyone and lo and behold... their website is not at full function due to site maintenance. I should (cross your fingers, knock on wood) be able to get it uploaded tomorrow after work and everyone will be able to see it. This has taken me quite a bit of time and it is still a little rough but I wanted to get it up for everyone to enjoy. So just hang in there a little bit longer, I really hope everyone will enjoy it!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I made it home

Well, it is Sunday morning. I got home last night around midnight (that's when I actaully got home and was able to go to bed). The day was long and I was exhausted and as much as I wanted to sleep in this morning, I was awake at 6am and couldn't get back to sleep. My body thought it was 1 in the afternoon. So here I am, I have unpacked, I have clothes in the wash and I am getting ready to go meet my parents for some lunch and then I will probably come home again and take a nap. I didn't want to keep anyone waiting too long so I am going to post a few photos. I will post more tomorrow and I hope to be able to get a short video put together with music and photos by the end of the week (I am going to be optimistic here). I hope everyone has enjoyed hearing about my trip. I am hoping to make a trip back in a few years and that will probably be to Northern Ireland. Enjoy the pictures!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's been Rainy

Well, I missed posting last night. I went out for dinner and didn't have time to do much of anything since we didn't get back to the hotel until almost 10pm. I was beat and still am. Yesterday we went to Bunratty Castle for a tour and then had dinner in the folk park there that night. It was what could be described as a kind of dinner theater. We got dinner and they did a show. It was a bunch of Irish music and Dancing. It was quite interesting. Today I made what I think is my favorite purchase of the trip but you will have to wait to see what it is until I can post a picture when I get home.

Today has been really rainy all day. We went to the Cliffs of Moher but the rain and fog was so heavy that you couldn't see anything. Instead our tour director paid for all of us to see an exhibit they have there about the cliffs. It was nice of him to do that since he didn't have to.

We are currently in Galway for awhile. Of course it is raining. On our way here, we were going through a valley and there was some really heavy flooding. The roads were even flooded. Fortunately, the coach sits high enough, we were able to make it through the water. I know a simple car would not have made it through. I found an internet cafe to be able to post from today cause I really don't know how much free time I am going to have tonight and also it is a good way to stay dry out of the rain. I know today's post is not all that exciting and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I am absolutely exhausted at this point. I am really enjoying my time here and the guided tour is nice cause you don't have to worry about the hassles that come with a driving vacation.

I leave tomorrow afternoon and then get back home late Saturday night. So, this will likely be my last post from Ireland and I will probably not post anything more until Sunday at the earliest. So I will say goodbye for now.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Ring of Kerry

Well, today was the Ring of Kerry. It is simply a road that goes in a circle on a peninsula in the County of Kerry. We started out and it was a bit cool and windy. I was hoping that it would warm up and be a clear sunny day for the drive. God really blessed us. The first stop was actually for those who paid for the optional tour of Muckross House. It is supposed to be a beautiful home but I passed on that tour and instead was able to spend a little over an hour in the town of Kilarney. I just walked around. I finally got a chance to stop in at a post office and get some stamps to mail some postcards home. So hopefully I will get those written tonight so I can place them in the mail tomorrow morning. I can pretty much guarantee that I will beat them all home to the US. If they are there before me, I will be really surprised. We got back on the bus and went to pick up those on the tour. We then headed out on the Ring of Kerry. We made a few photographic stops on the ride around and Jim talked a lot. I listened but really a lot of it kind of just went in one ear and out the other. I was too busy looking out the window. It was really pretty. We stopped in the town of Waterville, which is where Charlie Chaplin lived for many years back when he was banned from working in Hollywood during the McCarthy era since he was accused of being a communist. The home he lived in is right by the water and is currently still owned by his daughter, although she does have it up for sale. The town was really pretty. We had a while here and I just decided to go down and sit by the water. It was really beautiful and you could smell the sea air. I love the feeling I get when I am near the water. The beach isn't a sand beach, it is really rocky. I took that time to catch up on my journal and grab a small bite to eat. We got back on the coach to finish up the drive. We did make one other stop at a scenic area. WOW!!! I can't wait till I get home and can post the photos. It was so pretty. We were up on the hill and the ocean was down the hill from where we were. I really don't think there are words that would do the beauty justice. When I see things like that, I can really see and feel God's presence in the beauty. We then headed back to the hotel. We have the evening free as dinner is not included. I was invited by a group to go with them for pizza. I am hoping it is better than most of the other food I have had so far. I will let you all know how Irish pizza is when I write again tomorrow. Miss you all and REALLY wishing you were here with me!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Kissed the Blarney Stone!!

Well, here I am Tuesday of my trip (although I had to ask someone earlier what day it was cause I couldn't remember). They are all mushed together in my head and I think it is from the trip over here. I guess I didn't totally avoid the jet lag. But other than that I am doing pretty good. I didn't wake up early this morning but I have found myself snoozing on and off on the coach in the afternoon.

Anyway, enough about that... what about today? Right? Well, we were out of the hotel at 8am again. It was already raining, but that is to be expected in Ireland. Our first stop was at Youghal (pronounced Ya'll). This is the town where they filmed Moby Dick with Gregory Peck. We only had about a half hour there but it was right on the water, a little pretty. On our way there Jim (the Tour Director) was talking about Ireland and the history as usual and today he was asking who had Irish heritage etc, etc. Well, I of course know that I am Irish from my mom's side. So Jim was asking me a little bit later while we were standing there if I had Irish and what the family name was, well I told him that it was Barry but that I wasn't sure where the family was from. He told me that they are from County Cork and then continued on about the family and a whole bunch of stuff that I couldn't begin to remember. I thought that was pretty interesting. He really knows a lot of things and it really astounds me that he remembers all this.

Well, we left Youghal and headed for Blarney and the Blarney Stone. We were going to have two and a half hours here since this was also our lunch stop. The Blarney Castle with the Blarney Stone was the first stop there. There are something like 136 steps to the top and they aren't just any normal steps that you would see in a modern building. No, they are a stone winding stair case. You know how you see the really narrow stair cases... yeah, that's what it was. It wasn't nearly as bad as I was afraid it would be. The one thing that I was concerned about was that since it was raining (still) that the steps would be really slick. They were in spots but you just made sure you held onto the rope that they had there... no railing here as it is too narrow. Then to kiss the stone, you sit down, lean backwards and kiss the stone. At least now I can say I kissed the Blarney Stone and acquired the "gift of eloquence" or the "gift of the gab."

I climbed back down (the staircase going down isn't nearly as narrow and it had a railing on both sides. I then walked over to the Blarney Woollen Mills which is a big store that carries Irish goods and as Jim said some things that were made in China. I tried to make sure I got things that were from Ireland although there are some things that won't be from here. I did a good share of my gift shopping which includes my Christmas shopping. They aren't real big gifts but they are at least something since I couldn't bring everyone with me.

We then loaded up the bus and headed for the hotel in Kenmare. We are here for two nights which will be nice cause since I did a bit of shopping today, I have to rearrange a lot of things. I have two nights to do it. I did wander down to town for a little while. Dinner is included tonight but I haven't decided if I am going to join them. The food hasn't been too impressive and those of you who know me should not be surprised. Dinner last night wasn't too bad. Well, I should get going. Internet isn't free here and I have to catch up on my journal from yesterday still.

I will try to be back tomorrow night!