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Day 122 – almost the end and I am no better than chopped meat

After a very busy day yesterday today started out slowly for some of us.  Ian left early to go to the Fire Museum in Baltimore County where he is on the Board and they were having an open house.  So eventually the girls and the rest of us were fed and dressed and heading out to the Farmers Market.  We walked around a very nice market and then  walked down to the Metro and went into Union Station  in DC to see their train set up and to have some lunch.  The little girls were tired to start with and then had cookies and brownie for a morning snack and by lunch time Little Bear was hungry and usual but Sol was getting tired and ate some but not a lot. So eventually we got back on the metro and went home.  LB was falling asleep on the train and once home Grandpa read to her and she went to sleep.  Sol on the other hand melted down completely which was sad since she was so tired and yet is past that having a nap every day so giving in to having a sleep was not going to happen.

The train set up had three trains going round it. One a mountain one with logs, then a freight train with a guy sitting on the back of one of the cars waving to people and a third like a little trolley. It was a lovely set up.  At Union Station there are tons of restaurants to choose from.  I ended up getting fries with cheese and a cup of lemonade.  LB ate half the fries and Sol drank the lemonade. Quite the event really.  Then LB ate a grilled cheese sandwich, some fruit and had half a bottle of water. She has quite the appetite.

It is now about 5 pm and I will finish this later. Tomorrow is a travel day for us so hopefully the weather will cooperate.

The chopped meat refers to the fact that the two girls have little to do with me. No holding my hand when they cross the street – has to be grandpa or mommy, or stories at bedtime, has to be grandpa. One night I did get to read a story but that was it. They go in spurts. sometimes they will let me but then they revert to only wanting grandpa.

We went out to dinner tonight at Mark’s Kitchen.  It was a good meal. They have a combination of burgers, and Korean foods, salads etc.  It was pleasant. Nice to be where you can walk to get to something. Or like last night Ian and Maya took the metro down a stop or two and then walked to where they were going to eat.   The kids are getting settled down for the night, we are all tired and Ian has to work tomorrow and we have to go home.  Will stop in Binghamton to see Bill and Gail just to catch up and then we will get home in the early evening. Figure we will leave around 9. So we shall see how it all goes. Take Ians directions to get here and just reverse them. Being the week between Christmas and New Years I don’t think there should be “that” much traffic since tons of people take vacation.

Pictures of the Tacoma Park Farmers Market, Union Station and our walking to and from.

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Day 120 – A new adventure everyday and inspiration

Everyone was up very early and for some part of the night as well.  Seems Sol had a dream that her sister threw up in the bed and Sol woke up and ran to get help.. Only problem was it was a dream but by then most of us were at some stage of being awake.  Once they all settled down again things were okay until about 6 am.  Have to admit I could use a good nights sleep at this point.

So up we got most of us by about 8. Kids were not interested in taking the Metro to the Zoo or to Union Station or for going out for a walk initially.  Finally “little bear” decided it would be fun to go for a walk with Grandpa.  Sol did not want to go anywhere. After having a bit of a snack and helping Ian do some cleaning up for their open house tomorrow I went out on my own for a walk up to the Health Food Coop.  Had a lovely walk through the town and saw a lot.  I find that having a camera with me at all times makes me more observant of things. I have to say that is one thing I have learned from the Galway experience.  Sort of like stopping to smell the roses. Taking time to look around and actually see what there is to see opens up a lot of the world that most people just pass by.

Up the road there are the most interesting statues in a couple of front yards.  I was so surprised when I saw them that I stopped and then another lady stopped and we admired the work.  And I noticed the enhancement on the sidewalk. I don’t think it is stone, actually almost looks rubbery but that is okay, it is colorful and fun to see. The colors changed as I walked along.

I shopped, at the check out told the woman there that they really need more gluten or wheat free foods.  I could not find a decent bread in the entire store. I hate the frozen rice breads, they have no flavor and they did not have the kinds of breads that they have in Albany or Galway.   On the way back sitting in the window of the Bistro were Maya, her mom and Sol out for some lunch.  They had finished decorating all the cookies and thought the deserved a reward for their good work. They looked so cute out there together.

Ian, Denis and LIttle Bear had gone out to the doctors to have LB’s glued together rather than stitched hand looked at and re-bandaged. Seems the glue they stuck her together with was not staying the way it should. Then they went to the market for food for tomorrow.  So I was home first and it was so lovely and warm out I sat outside knitting for a while and when Sol got back she and I sat out there doing a puzzle and chatting. She was in a silly mood so it was a fun time.

Later in the afternoon Maya’s sister and family arrived to pick up Mor-Mor to take to their home in Virginia over night before returning her to Baltimore.  I don’t think they plan to come to the open house tomorrow. The new baby was cute, just about three weeks old so very tiny.  The other two kids were cute and seemed excited to see their cousins and get presents.

As soon as the family left we told Ian and Maya to pack up and go out for the evening as they had wanted to for his birthday so off they went and we got a pizza for the girls and ate very late for them.  I gave them some ice cream bites for dessert and then we did a quick kid clean up and had videos and stories and then bedtime.  I read two  Fancy Nancy books. They are really fun to read and I love the use of “big” words in them.  And including names of famous artists and their work. Very nice way to slip in educational material when kids least expect it – or maybe parents and grandparents don’t expect it.

Soon it will be time for sleep. Don’t know how late the kids will be out. Hard to believe Ian is turning 40. I sure remember 40 years ago. What a traumatic couple of weeks those were! But I won’t go into that now.

Here are some pictures from today..

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Day 119 – Butterfly kisses, Roller skating and hitting the wall.

Merry Christmas or as they say in Ireland “Happy Christmas”.  Up at 6:30.but I think for Asta it was more about getting something to eat but for Sol it was about wanting to get her stockings down from the door where they were hung.  She was gung ho to get going with presents.  Grandpa and Daddy slowed her down a bit with a plate of Christmas cookies.  I mean who wouldn’t eat cookies at 7 am in the morning on Christmas.

Once they got into the swing of things it turned out to be Asta who was the present opener champion, at least for awhile.  Once she  came upon her butterfly wings it was all over. We had two butterflies running from one end of the house to the other and it was wonderful and funny.  By about 10:30 they had finally opened or at least skimmed over their presents and had had a little real food in their tummies.

We all got dressed and then went for a walk around Tacoma Park MD to see the stores and various sites as Sol tried to roller skate and fly at the same time.  Hard to do really but it was an adventure for all.  What a beautiful day with family and such fun to share a Christmas morning with little kids. Been a long time since we had little kids and a Christmas tree and this kind of a day.  Quite fun. We also skyped with Norah so she could see the girls open their presents from Norah and Andrew which were a collection of wonderful books and then Dan so he could watch them open his gift which Grandpa had to supervise their play with later since it was mouldable sand.

At noonish we had “brunch” of pancakes, waffles, sausages and the last of the maple bacon we had been snacking on all morning. It was all very good.

Asta and I took a couple of hours nap. First we read the book I brought the girls about Paris and showed her the places we had visited and then a book of her choice. Then we both conked out until 3:20  when her dad came up and said if I was going to church I better get up.

I took Mor-Mor over to the place she is going to be living in which is about 10 minutes from the kids house.  A lovely facility which will make it easier for visiting her and having her over for sunday dinner etc.  There were only about 12 people at the Mass so it was very nice.  The Priest was a Benedictine Monk who comes there to help out.  We also made it back without getting lost.

Christmas dinner was wonderful. Salmon, Pork, veggies and mashed. Then more play.  Asta was playing teacher and was taking the roll.  She was very firm about people speaking up and telling her they were present. It was cute to watch and to answer properly.

There are tons of presents under the tree. So I think everyone had a good day.  I was glad to get to Mass as this Christmas has not been feeling alot like Christmas since we were not with our home community and the house was not decorated and it was like watching other people celebrate the holiday and just being on the fringe of it.

I also realized today that I do have some jet lag.  Life has been so busy since we got off the plane that even with good nights sleeps I am beat. I hope by the 28th. I will be in better shape.  Just tired of being tired.

A few pictures from Christmas festivities.

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Day 118 – rain, rain, rain and smiles and hugs & Nollaig Shona Duit’

Well, today started out very interesting.   I woke up first at 4:30. wow it was early.  Was not feeling great but tried to sleep again and we both were up by 7 and getting ready to leave.  So we were very pleased that we got going before 9 am. Went to the bank, and Stewarts for coffee then as we drove down Rt. 7 my check engine light came on.  So we turned around and went back to the house and changed cars.  Just another adventure in life.

It rained most of the day  and there was some pretty dense fog from time to time. But the treat was that the traffic was not as bad as we expected and we got to Washington DC in 7 hours. That was fabulous.   Big hugs were waiting for us when we arrrived. Nothing like it.  I got a tour of the house from Sol and got to see their little attic play area which is not tall enough for a five year old to stand up in. Definitely kids stuff.

Had a good dinner = norwegian first recipt with almonds, onions, lemon, asparagus, and cole slaw.  INteresting combination and quite good.  Maya is busy wrapping, her mom was wrapping some things as well. Ian just grabbed stockings and went in the wrapping room and closed the door so I guess some Santa magic is happening.

The girls were thrilled to have grandpa here to jump all over and dance and sing songs with.  They are pretty cute little things. I think they are going to try and sleep in the big bed with us which will be interesting… who will get thrown out first. Grandpa or Grandma…. They tend to roll around a lot.  Little Bear got a cut on her hand today and at the hospital they glued her hand rather than stitching it.

Have some pictures to add of the cuteness.  I think a good nights sleep is called for as tomorrow should be a wild day between Santa, family gifts and just general chaos.  Some time we might take a walk around Tacoma Park to see what it is like there.  NIce they are in a walkable town…

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Day 116 – Back Home and Broke – well Maybe!

This morning was a very early one. Alarm went off before 5:45 and then the hotel wake up call came shortly after. We reorganized and headed off to the airport which in Shannon means walking across the parking lot.   It was very smooth going getting through security and then customs.  Some one I know, as usual, complained about taking off shoes especially when the woman in the wheel chair did not have to take hers off.  That is right of course if one were being logical. If we are talking safety then why wouldn’t the person in the wheel chair have to take off theirs as well.  I wonder if she had not been a little old Irish lady but a middle eastern person would they have made that other person take the shoes off for screening???

Anyway, it all went smoothly and they accepted our declaration of our purchases.  Good thing we did not have to list everything we had purchased and mailed home as well.  The plane left on time and United did a good job except for the food.  We had a morning flight so it was weird getting a chicken meal as our first meal on board.  And it tasted terrible. But the TV on the seat in front of me provided me with two decent movies.  I had time for two little rests and we got sandwiches shortly before landing.

In Newark it also went smoothly.  Got off in Terminal C and took a shuttle bus to Terminal A and went to our gate and waited for the plane which was late arriving.  We left almost 40 minutes late but arrived only 15 minutes late so they made up a bunch of time.  Dan was waiting for us at the exit so it was very nice to see him again.  The bags arrived shortly and we were off for home.  A little bit of snow on the ground and the house was all clean and fresh. I do believe someone came over and did some dusting and mopped the floors since there is no dust anywhere.  I am so grateful..

We chatted with Dan for a long while, got a pizza since our time is all messed up.  At the moment it is 7 pm which would be midnight Irish time. No wonder I am beat.  Both my suitcases are unpacked, almost everything put away and tomorrow I will start sorting the various bags I mailed home.  Thank goodness we did all the laundry before we left so I have no dirty cloths.

Skyping with the totally wired little girls was fun this evening. They had just returned home from a day with their friends and their nanny.  I think they said they went some where but they also made Christmas ornaments which they brought home with them.  They just might be a little excited about Christmas and their special visitors –  Denis had a chat with Norah and a short one with Tim so we now know about dinner plans for tomorrow night.

I took some pictures today from the plane and airport. Dan was not expecting me to take his picture so he was not thrilled but was a good sport.  The green  and rainy ones are Ireland and the more populated, brown grass ones are NY State. And the one with snow is our front yard.  Yes, we are home.  Still not sure how I feel about it but I guess it is the beginning of another adventure.  Emails about three meetings already and one outing with the Red Hats to learn about hypnotism. So January won’t be boring.

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Day 115 – no days and counting or was that crying?????

So here we sit at Shannon Airport in the Radison Inn waiting for 6am to go across to the airport to check in.  It was a good and a sad day.  Our first outting was to the Claddagh Church for Mass at 10 am. Then to Arabica for Breakfast. French toast was very good. One little girl wanted to say hi to Santa. She was quite shy but really thought she was seeing the real guy.

We went back and tried to finish packing, clean up the kitchen and get ready to leave.  We thought once we were ready we might go out for a walk, but then what happened…. The rains came.  We did go up to Meteor after a very frustrating phone call to them by Denis.  He ended up finding out he has to call in the morning or tuesday to cancel his phone service so they won’t be charging him automatically.   Mine was fine since it is a monthly one and you have to go on line and use your credit card to add minutes. It will just die off and then the next person can use it.

We had some cheese and crackers – nothing in the house to drink but water. I had thrown everything out. We heard a knock on the door and lo and behold it was a happy surprise – Irene had come on her way to lunch to say good bye again.  I hope they come to visit us some time. I know we will be back to see them.

Frank Fahey called and confirmed he would be picking us up so we were ready by 3:15. He came at 3:30 as arranged and we headed out.  We went first to near Gort to see the Castle that WB Yeats had renovated for his wife George. It is fabulous and in a lovely location.  Then he took us to an ancient monastic site which is so great. There is a huge leaning tower there, an active cemetery and lots of additional buildings. Looks like a smaller version of Clonmachnoise.  Was happy to see it. I asked him if they would consider doing a tour around easter County Galway which would include Athenry.  He had a list of places that could go on such a tour and he said they would name it after me.  We had a drink at the hotel and then said farewell to Frank.

After getting rid of our coats we went down to dinner and are now in our room watching TV and contemplating sleep even thought it is only 7:30.  So tired and know tomorrow will be a very long day.

Will write some tomorrow about our return and our feelings about being back home.  It has to happen so I guess that withdrawl will be normal.  We were laughing over dinner about where we could go for a drink.  No place compares to any place in Galway. Never did go out to drink so I guess that phase of life is over for a while.

My camera battery seems to have died after 5 months on the job. I realize I took a ton of pictures so the question will be if I have to store it in my big bag since all electronics have to be in working order to go on carry on. Hope no one steels it.

Wish I had some pictures from today but sadly the camera was not working. Frank is going to send me some pictures he took and I will add them later.

Be well all and see you on the other side of the pond. And I am still waiting for additional comments about whether to continue to blog or not?

Day 114 – One day and counting – tears and sadness and fond goodbyes

Denis was up and out by 4:45 am to go to see the students off.  There were lots of tears and no one wanted to get on the bus. They each sat alone on the bus probably to hide their tears and to go back to sleep on the ride to Dublin.  A few of them were not leaving with the rest and some of their Irish roommates came to see them off. Very nice at that hour of the morning although it could be that none of them had been to bed yet.  Denis returned and went back to sleep.

Arabica for breakfast was our first stop of the day.. Denis wanted to eat a full Irish Breakfast before we left.  It was way more than he would normally eat and he could not finish it all.  Looked good but was way too much for me.  Even the bowl of granola and yougurt was too much for me.  But it was nice to be there and we will probably be there again tomorrow.

We got up to another day of packing, sorting and going to the post office to mail what we thought were just too heavy to put in the suitcases.  The books we bought for ourselves are going via ship so we won’t see them for several weeks. The other items will be at the house in about 7 days.  Wow, what a life.. We also went to the Farmers Market to replace Eleana’s gift and get it right this time. Spelt her name wrong the first time. We were not shopping for food and the temptation to purchase other items was so strong.  We enjoyed that walk and felt better once we had sent off that box of books.

I set up a date to meet Irene for coffee at 2 pm.  Denis went off to the post office again with one more package and then he met us at Arabica.  It was a lovely visit and I am so sad to be losing this new friend.  Irene is so warm and friendly and has helped me so much during our stay.  She is a Kerry girl and so proud of it.  Her sister also came along and we got to meet her as well.  I gave Irene some little gifts and she answered our final questions – things like where to put the keys to the apt, where to store the items we are leaving for the next professor etc.

We then took a walk out on the Promenade, will try to go again tomorrow but if it is raining too much at least we walked a bit there today.  Denis plans to run the distance and kick the wall tomorrow – that is running all the way to Salt Hill and there is a wall there that they say they kicked which signifies that they did it.  We walked back up Shop Street. There are so many people there this weekend shopping. Wall to wall people.  We stopped in a couple of shops and said farewell to some of the folks we have gotten to know a bit.

At 6 we are going to the Spanish Arch for dinner so will finish this when we return.  Just wanted to start now.

We went to the Spanish Arch for dinner. Fish and Chips for our last meal in Galway.  It was very good and we had a lovely dessert which was called something else but certainly tasted like “Death by Chocolate’. It was sooooo good.  We stayed an hour longer to listen to the music and talked about what we liked about our stay here.  One thing for sure was that the time we spent together in evenings was actually more like dating. We shared wonderful walks along the water, and in town and stopping to shop or to have a drink in a pub.  As we left the Spanish Arch we got hugs goodbye which was nice.  We have enjoyed listening to Feedback and are bringing back their cd.

The Irish people have been so kind and welcoming to us and it has been nice as we walked around the town having people say goodbye and wishing us well..  They remember when we were leaving and have been so good to us and helpful all the time.

Well, going to try and post some pictures of Galway I took today of some of our favorite places and sites.

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Day 113 – Two days and counting – but what a fun day today

Woke up feeling much rested this morning.  It was sunny and it felt like a day to get things done.  First on the list was going on the bus to Spiddal to the Craft Village which we both really like and there was something there I wanted to buy for the guys.  We had about an hour and a half so we both worked on some projects- I did some more packing and tried to figure out what we need to mail home that is not a gift for someone.  I may end up mailing home pjs and sandals just to make room in the suit case. OH well, we have bought so much and even with sending at least five packages home we still have so much extra.  should have been sending things home from day one but who knew right?

We got the 11:20 bus to Spiddal. It was a lovely ride along the coast and I saw people swimming in Salthill, beautiful horses along the way, and green grass every where. Ah Ireland, what a gorgeous place.  We got off in town and walked back to the Craft Village.  There are about six to seven shops open at this time of year and the coffee shop.  We went into the jewelry place first, the fellow remembered me from when Rich and Laura and I were there.  There was something I thought we should buy but Denis was not up for it. He is concerned about the packing and how we are going to get things home.

Anyway, we went to various shops and got the things plus some extras items.  The coffee shop was so crowded, the schools let out at noon for the holidays so there were teachers taking up all the tables for their farewell holiday lunch.  So we walked into the town and went into the pub. Unfortunately another schools teachers were in there. We got a table but getting lunch took quite awhile so it was not a relaxed lunch. We wanted to catch the 2:10 bus so were rushed.  It would have been a very nice lunch otherwise.  I quite enjoyed the sandwich but took much longer to get it served to me than for me to eat it.

We walked to where the bus comes and there were quite a few people waiting and more came along.  Below the bridge where it had been a slow moving rambling creek in October there was now a flooded woodland. The water was every where and fast moving.  One area looked like a fairyland with moss and creek and dead trees hanging over. It was quite lovely.

We got back and went back to the apt expecting to go on line to see the grandgirls holiday program at school. Then after all the rushing we found out that they were not live streaming it so we could not see anything.  Ian did send a picture later of Asta not singing but having a good time with her class.  She is such a little imp.

I decided the timing was perfect for me to return my bike to the rental place. So off I went walking with the bike up to the shop. It is about a mile away so it was a good healthy hike.  I remember the first time I walked up that way I got so lost. Now I knew exactly where to go so that in itself was an accomplishment.  I tried to convince them to purchase my bike helmet from me but they were not interested. I am going to try another shop tomorrow where I bought it.  If not I will offer it to them if they promise to give it to some one who needs it, or maybe they can tell me where to donate it. I got my 100 euros back from the deposit on the bike lock so that was good. Then I walked back to the apt and stopped and got myself a hot chocolate at Arabica and boy was that ever good. I think I will have to get another tomorrow. Good thing I did not know about how good they would be before this.

Frank called and wanted to verify when we wanted to go to Shannon as he is determined to drive us down there in thanks for my calling him about our issues with the program.  I love their tours and want to see them be successful.  Tomorrow I will try and find out if I can get our money back from the bus tickets. IF not we will just write it off.

I cooked dinner which was not very good.  We are winding down and using up anything I can find in the cabinets.  Tomorrow night we are going to the Spanish Arch for dinner at 6 pm since Feedback will be playing then and we enjoy their music.

Knitted and watched Tv this evening. Have not done just that in a long while.

Have a question for you all.  If I were to continue to write would anyone still read it – just leave a comment as I want to get some feedback.  What is good about this? Would people be interested if I blogged about family history or day to day life of a retired person?  This diary has been very helpful to me as I know that I have no idea what I was doing back in September since the days have been so full.  So personally I find this a good thing for me and also I have to think about writing style etc. So any comments would be welcome. Especially the new folks who just started following recently who don’t know me at all.

HEre are some pictures from today of Spiddal and the coast and of my favorite Heron who was sitting on the wall where Sheila and I first saw him/her.

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Day 112 -Sarah on her way home, three days and counting

Wow, what a day. Up at 6:30 to walk Sarah to the bus and get her off.  Then when we arrived at the bus station there was a student there from Boston U who stopped Denis since she saw his jacket with the Union on it.  Her sister had graduated in Poli Sci last year.  They had a little chat, the bus pulled up and we got Sarah on and off she went.  Messaged during the day and she was boarding on schedule in Shannon and on her way home.  Sad to have her go. We had fun together and I think she enjoyed  her vacation and for sure will be back in Ireland sooner than later.

I went home and back to bed. LIstened to WAMC from yesterday. I love that I can hear the Roundtable every day… I slept on and off for a bit.  Gerald came and took the chairs back next door that we had borrowed last night. What a great party! The kids stayed much longer than we expected but I think they knew this was the last time they would be together and were really feeling the loss. I know I am hating the idea of leaving!

The weather was awful. Rained all day and we got soaked this morning. Real Irish winter weather. I was surprised that the pants were soaked through so had to change.  Did a laundry and cleaned up the final dishes from last night.  Finished Mary Eileen’s latest historical novel and took another nap. Also got some knitting done.

WE had a simple supper and went to our last Bodhran lesson.  It was fun but I felt very sad. I love that group  and we have had a good time, lots of laughs and learned something we would not have ever thought of learning at home.  It helped us get in touch with a little piece of Irish culture.  Cannot wait to continue when we get home. I am sure I can find lessons at a HIbernians there somewhere.

Afterwards we did a bit of shopping and stopped at the Spanish Arch for a drink. The fellows in the band spoke to us about how great Sarah was.  She really had fun singing with them and they hope she comes back again. We will probably go to dinner there on Saturday evening since they will be playing from 6 pm on.

Got a call today from Frank at the tour place to discuss my concerns. We had a very good chat and he asked if he could transport us to the airport to thank me for helping him out and referring so many folks to them.  I really like their tours and would recommend them to anyone coming to Galway. I have to find out if I can cancel our bus tickets.

Have some pictures of our good bye drink at Tig Coili with Sarah last night.

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Day 111 – Cha d’dhùin doras nach d’fhosgail doras

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.

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