Ireland, Day 3

January 10th, 2009

Today was a wonderful day of sleeping in (I think I’m actually getting over my jetlag, because for the first few days I woke up every few hours or so and couldn’t sleep past 7am) and then going out to the countryside for a lovely jaunt over to Glendalough–taken from the Irish for “The Glen of the Two Lakes”. It was an extremely lovely drive south out of Dublin and into County Wicklow, where there are more sheep than you can shake anything you could possibly shake at. There will be multitude of pictures to follow; I’m going to a musical pub crawl this evening, to enjoy some of the famous pubs and some live, traditional Irish music, so I don’t have time to upload at the moment. Once we got out to the site, we saw what was a monastic community started in the 5th century by St. Kevin. Apparently his life of solitude and denial was immulated by a bunch of copycat “lonely men and love-sick girls,” as our driver pointed out. Ah, that Irish gift of gab… The site was amazing–featuring a ruined cathedral from the 12th century, and a round belltower–the door of which was 12 feet off the ground, put there as a defence to keep the ruffian out. There was also a beatiful walk out to the two lakes, along the valley; the Irish countryside is pretty much indescribably beautiful. And now to the pub crawl!

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