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May 20, 2014 - So I’m single now, and everything’s changed. I hate it...well not excatly

So I’m single now, and everything’s changed. I hate it. - say anything No I am not single now, I have been for longer then I care to talk about. This is a quote from a movie I really like (the girl Corey, has realized her connection with a long time, looser, love interest is over, just like that, something had clicked) but here is the thing for me. As I came out of a building in Galway Ireland I felt this: I am over traveling, everything has changed. I hate it. I looked around and just saw the world in a different way. Like I had taken...

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May 20, 2014 - unexpected

An apology and explanation even almost 2 years after the fact is an amazing gift and I will forever be grateful to him for thinking I was worth it. I know that is speaks volumes for the person who stepped up and took the time to acknowledge the situation but for me it will forever be a moment where someone validated me as a person and my feelings. I find it funny that it comes at a time where I had let go of needing anyone to validate me. I am validating myself and it is going really well :) It must be said, if I were making a list of...

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May 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014 Down the west coast to Killarney

May 15-Down the west coast to Killarney We didn't do too much today. We bid adieu to Margaret and Seamus at B&B in Galway and drove south for a few hours. The day was wonderful. About 72 degrees, incredibly sunny, and the countryside on the way down was fabulous. We arrived at this B&B, the Gleann Fia, and were very pleasantly surprised. It sits on the edge of Killarney, has flowers and trees around it, and also has a rushing stream right next to it with a small waterfall. The sound of the water rushing and over the waterfall is really...

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May 14, 2014 - May 14, 2014 Bunratty Castle

May 14, 2014 The day started out horribly as it was raining, drizzling, misty, and foggy. It's normal Irish weather so we had to deal with it. As the day went on the weather improved. The sky didn't clear but it did stop raining. After a breakfast that included porridge, we headed south to Bunratty Castle. It was about a 75 minute drive. There has been a castle of some sort in the spot where the current castle sits since 1251. That wooden structure was improved and improved over the years until the large stone castle you see today was built...

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May 13, 2014 - May 13, 2014 The Wild West-Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

May 13, 2014 The Wild West-Connemara & Kylemore Abbey The day dawned bright and clear with the promise of good weather. After a delightful full Irish breakfast we headed out on the road. We were headed north and west of Galway to the Connemara. This is an area of mountains, moors, and peat bogs, with plenty of sheep everyhwere!!!! We begain driving on the incredibly narrow roads, par for Ireland, and within a little while came upon the "Quiet Man Bridge." This is a bridge that is famous because of the movie with John Wayne and Maureen...

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May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014 Dark Hedges and road trip to Galway

May 12, 2014-Dark Hedges and road trip to Galway It was travel day and we started it off with a full Irish breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, potato pancake, scone, juice, coffee, and toast!!!!!!! Much more than I normally eat but it was delicious. We then took a short drive out of Ballymoney to visit the Dark Hedges. These are rows of beech trees lining a road that used to be the driveway of a great house. The trees were planted in the 18th century by the owner of the house to impress visitors. Today they've grown into...

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May 3, 2014 - My day in Clifden, Ireland

When I got up today I knew I wanted to do something but what? I thought about going to a town I heard of but with the buses, I would have only had 1 hour in the town. So the Aussie at the front desk suggested Clifden so off I went. It was a nice day. it is not a place I want to live in but nice to visit. Where to see next???? I'll let you know

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Apr 30, 2014 - Galway and Cliffs of Moher tour

After spending a few days in Cork, I just knew it did not feel right for me. And so on advice from many I headed to Galway. Sooooooo much better. It just feels good to me. While I was on the bus, from Cork to Galway, my sister Jenny wrote this to me....I was standing in line at the grocery store wondering what you were doing today and I glanced over and saw "at home in Ireland" on the cover of a national geographic :) I have only been in Galway 2 days but I am so grateful for the Ocean, the nice people, the man at the front desk who made...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Galway Ireland - Westwood House Hotel

Had to leave Killarney after spending 2 nights there. I liked Killarney best of all the cities/towns we visited. Everything was convenient to our hotel and we had an excellent Mediterranean dinner on the night we were on our own for dinner. First stop on the way to Galway was Tarbert, where we boarded a ferry for a 20 minute ride across the River Shannon. The Shannnon is the longest river in Ireland at 224 miles. It was a beautiful day for a ferry crossing and we got a good look at the Tarbert Lighthouse, which was built in 1834. Next stop...

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Retired at Last!

Mar 21, 2014 - Galway

Got up this morning to a rainy day, so went down to the hotel dining room for a leisurely breakfast and met up with some friends. We all headed out to find and photograph some of the places we’d visited on our tour yesterday. We tried to go back to the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas but the doors were locked so we wandered off to do some shopping to get us out of the rain, although we were able to get in a little later in the afternoon. Yvonne and I each bought a lovely wool sweater and I wore mine out of the store to keep me warm and it...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Galway

Today started out rainy too – but thankfully the skies cleared a little by sunset but it was still quite windy and cold. One of our stops was just outside of Kinvara and Dunguire Castle (sounds like Dun-gueer). This castle isn’t open to the public but there’s a footpath all the way around it so we found several interesting angles to take photos. We then drove along the coast and stopped several times to get photos of sheep, horses and cattle in the picturesque fields with their stone fences. Got rained on several times too! We arrived in...

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Oct 30, 2013 - An infinity of Rocks

I think barren must be derived from the Gaellic Burren. Because the Burren sure is barren! A formation of rock which I did not know about it Ireland. Thousands of acres of limestone. Now limestone is porous and is also soluble in carbonic acid according to the tour guide (I will have to check with my chemistry-teaching sisters or perhaps they could email back from this journal?). Anyway, over the eons, rains has washed cracks and fissures in this rock giving it a sort of shattered-windscreen look from a distance. This rock goes all the way...

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