Having a wonderful time..wish you were here.
Okay, corny but true.
Linda and I, along with 41 other fine folks on this Keloland/Holiday Vacations tour of Ireland (many of us “Plus Size”) unfolded from 8 and a half hours sitting in way too cramped airplane seats and hit the ground running in Dublin. I suppose if you’re seasoned travelers abroad, the observations of those of us who aren’t might sound tedious but let’s start with the Euro. I went to exchange 100 dollars and received 68 Euros in return. I didn’t realize that the rate had changed so dramatically. Bottom line is there’s not much bang for our bucks over here.
We’d been fully prepared for clouds, rain and cool but, aside from the cool part, the weather has been glorious. Our tour guide, Teresa (who happens to be a South Dakota girl) is taking some of the credit saying the weather always seems to be good on her tours. She’s guided groups to Alaska three times this summer (including the most recent one hosted by Angela Kennecke) and have seen Mt. McKinley each time; a rarity since the mountain is usually engulfed in clouds.
Our driver, Noel, who speaks with a delicious Irish accent, provides colorful and informative narration along the way. An amazing feat considering he has to concentrate on the challenges of being seated on the right and driving on the left; a practice I could never get comfortable with. He suggested we embrace the Irish night life and have lots of crack (craik) which is slang around here for “fun” not the nasty drug. It’s Sunday morning and we’re about to depart our hotel in Galway and tour a crystal factory and the magnificent Kylemore Abbey and gardens.
Here are just a few photos I’ve taken so far with some commentary.
Well, it’s time for Linda and I to take a stroll through downtown Galway in search of some traditional Irish music..and maybe a few more pints. We’ll check in again soon.