Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Luck of the Irish

I've had trouble starting this post about Ireland. There is so much to say, but I'm not sure I want to say it all. I like knowing that if I don't say a few things about the trip there are only two other people in the world who know. It's kind of fun keeping secrets. I can remember tons of specific details about our experience, but by singling out one story the feeling of the trip as a whole is lost so let me try to give you the feeling.

I love and admire the two girls I went with. The very first moment you meet Casey and Eryn, they make you feel loved and then... they make you laugh. We talked for hours about how we couldn't get one movie out of our heads (No Country For Old Men) while we sat in an old community graveyard in Sixmilebridge, Ireland. The clouds above us were dark, but it didn't diminish the color coming from the country around us. The Cliffs of Moher the next day were beautiful, but it was the cab and bus ride up there that haunts me. The fairy tale of Ireland is true. There are princesses with wild hair and flowing dresses that walk these hills. I can see them clearly even as the dark clouds that bring magnificently giant raindrops are moving quickly toward us. You cannot capture Ireland in one single moment. It's impossible. That's why I'm not going to try.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PS, I Forgot To Say This

I wasn't going to write anything else about Bath, but I realized I forgot a funny story. Every time we take a tour of some historic place, we get audio guides. At the Roman Baths the audio guides were HUGE! They were long and black and looked like a skinny 80's cell phone. At the baths, they have a winding exhibit under the building. We got to the statue of the head of Minerva and I pressed the number on the audio guide that went with the statue. As soon as I press the number, it starts to beep like crazy. And it's not just a little beep. It's this ridiculous rhythmic beeping that echoes through these underground hallways. It takes me completely by surprise so I just stand there staring at it for a minute and Kris gets embarrassed so he takes it from me and covers it up as much as possible. You can still hear the annoying beeping though so he just looks at me and hands it back. At this point, everyone is watching our little group so I say I'll see them later and run off with the loudly beeping audio guide. I was just trying to find someone who worked there and I had to run all through the hallways holding this beeping thing and a lot of people just looked at me and laughed. It was very funny, but I just wanted to get rid of it. I finally found a woman who told me it was just a "stray electrical current" and walked off and got me another one. For anyone who has a Facebook, this why the title of my album of Bath is "beepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeep." Just a little inside information.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Going Against Jane

Jane Austen hated Bath, but I loved it. We had a ton of fun pretending to be Jane Austen characters. There were a lot of moments where we made fun of the film version of Persuasion and it was beautiful. It was wonderful!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Thoughts From Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I loved our group. Five girls + one guy = a lot more fun than you would have thought.
I love the mountains. They take my breath away like nothing else can. 
I love the beach. The sand between my toes makes me feel at home.
I don't love Gypsy women who TRY to steal from me. I was too smart for them though.
To sum it up: love, love, love, keep your eyes open.

Monday, March 03, 2008

I'm Late! I'm Late!

I just realized that I should probably update more because I'm about to go to Ireland in a few days and I haven't said anything about Spain or Bath. I'm swamped with work right now so I'm not going to say much. If I have time I will say more. But Saturday, we went to Bath and had a great time as well so I have to talk about that sometime as well. Just keep checking. Above pictures are Spain and below are Bath.