So, at this point, I will simply give up on getting my posts done in a timely or an organized manner. I"m starting now with yesterday (28 May, Day 13). I am now traveling with only 7 of the students: Asia O, Asia S, Candy W., Jessie N,, Summer M, Felicia H and Sean K. We said goodbye to the rest of the group in Dublin on 26 May
bon voyage to the majority of the group
and spent the morning exploring the Natural History Museum, then off to Kilkenny on the train. It was great. The trains are really efficient and easy to be on, and a lot of fun for Hawaii students who have never traveled by train.
In Kilknney, we castled (I'll probably post on that at some time) and abbeyed, then, yesterday spent the morning at Dunmore Caves and the afternoon walking along the None River just north of town.
Dunmore Cave is a Karst formation with a long, somewhat gruesome history. Recently, a lot of what was assumed to be legend was found to be truth when bones of many of the refugees from a town massacre were found in the caves. But, our visit wasn't scary at all, and we had a great time visiting the cave and learning about limestone (so different from our basalt).
Here are a few of the better photos of the morning:
After resting up from the trip to Dunmore caves we decided to go for a walk North of town along the Nore River. I'm not sure what happened, nor how permanent the change will be, but Saturday was the first day that felt like summer. We left the hotel at 5:30 and walked for nearly 3 hours but didn't need the jackets and sweaters we'd carried until the very end of the walk.
It was fun to get out with the students into some semi-natural landscape and explore the ecology of the area:
I am Mela, Pam, or Pamela. My first experience in Ireland was in 1990 when my best friend, Shannon, and I biked the island. I am very happy to have the opportunity to share this special island with students from my own special islands.
Me, in South Korea, visiting the statue of my zodiac sign -- can you guess what year I am?