Got up later than planned, Sarah had decided not to go to the Aran Isles which turned out to be a very good decision. She got up and left about 10 to “breathe in” Galway on her last day of her big trip. Smart woman. She did not take her camera but has her phone that will help her if she sees something in this rain to photograph.
I stayed in bed until my 70 year old bones felt like getting up. I heard that Gerald and the guy he hired were upstairs fixing the table which broke but I did not hear them leave so I assume I was sleeping again. HA!!!; But I knew there was work to be done so I got myself up. Twenty or so students are coming to dinner tonight so I thought a little cleaning might be required and furniture rearranging. So the place is vacuumed, more ice made, bathrooms cleaned etc. Packing also got some attention. Not sure where everything will go in my suitcases even with the five bags I mailed home. But will work on it a little bit tomorrow. I have souvenir type things I want to bring home for my scrapbook so might spent 10 euro and mail them home. There are things I don’t want not to be home when I get there to take to the girls – I finally found some Irish dolls for little girls. They are soft but the outfits are kind of Irish and they can play with them and if they ruin them it won’t matter since they were not hugely expensive. The books are going to take up weight and I want to put them into my carryon so am trying to put all clothes etc in the other bag..
Denis came home and then went out shopping for a bit more for this evening. I am going to read for a bit and then will finish this before I go to bed. Later guys.
Well it is now midnight. What an interesting evening. The kids came at 6 pm. and were very chatty and noisy really. Unlike the last time when they seemed to be so formal etc. I think it is the end of the term and they are all sad about breaking up such a good group. Denis ordered Pizza and the students brought salad, drinks, desserts etc. It all worked out just fine. It has really been a successful time for all of them and they are nice people. We chatted about their service learning projects and some of their courses, plans for the future etc. I would love to be able to hear about them in 10 years time to see what they are all doing. Such bright accomplished young folks. Sarah seemed to have a good time chatting with them as well.
AFter then left Denis, SArah and I went to Tig Coili for a farewell drink, well two actually. I think Sarah had a good time here and accomplished a lot on her wish list and learned that she wants to come back and see more. I think she would like to find a way to come here to work. It gets to you in a very short time that this is a special place.
So tomorrow we all are getting up at 6:30 and going to see Sarah off on the bus to Shannon. Then I will come back and go to bed and Denis will go to work. His last day, cleaning out the office and handing in his keys etc. Sad day.
Here are some pictures. One is of one of the Bog Bodies from the National Museum and then some of the party this evening.