Union College

Day 102 – Back to Our Galway Adventure and Blue Teapot Theatre

Boy was I tired this morning and so happy to sleep in as long as I wanted to.  It was delightful.  Denis tells me I was so deep in sleep even rolling me over did not stop my snoring and keeping him up. Poor fellow.

I ate and went out and got some food and did an inventory of what we have to eat before we go home. On the way up shop street there was a fellow with a wagon, a donkey and two dogs and some birds. I did not have the camera so I went home and got the camera and headed on back. I first went to Boots thinking I could get a flu shot but I had to make an appointment so I did and then headed back to take pictures. Met a couple from Donegal who were visiting Galway for a couple of days.  The wife talked about what a perfect get away city it is.  I could not help but agree.

Got back and finished a load of laundry and spend some time knitting and watching a Mrs Marple movie. I love this one channel that does nothing but detective shows.  Just my favorite shows.

AFter dinner, first one cooked in over a week – we headed out to see a play at the Blue Teapot Theatre.  It is a wonderful program for folks with disabilities here in Galway. They have a three year theatre training program. And they have another group that uses the experience for social development etc.  They put on a play and it was wonderful. We sat with one of the Dads and he talked about how his daughter is so excited to be in the program, she is in the three year actors training program for higher functioning folks. One of Denis’ students did her service learning project there and loved it and was so proud of her folks in the play.

We walked over and back and it was a lovely evening.  I was cold this morning but by this evening I was use to the temps again and not so chilly.  Have to get up to go to the bus station tomorrow morning to pick up my Sarah.  Should be a wonderful time.

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Day 94- Santa run and other fun

Other than packing our day really started around 11:30 when we walked out to the Promenade for the Santa Run to raise money for childrens hospital or some such cause.   Everyone in the race gets and is expected to wear their Santa Suit or they don’t get a medal when they finish the race.   We met up with three of the students – the two from Union were running and Dan from Hobart was taking pictures and cheering.  He had made two signs, ” the end is coming” and “you will prevail”. it was fun to watch the runners faces when they read this signs.  We took some pictures, before,, during and after. The best part was Denis being the only runner with a real beard so lots of “Hay Look the real santa is here” and questions about why he was not up at the NOrth Pole.  It was lots of fun.  While the others ran Dan and I chatted about the year and what he wants to do when he gets back to school. He is a very nice fellow and I have enjoyed several conversations with him during this semester.

After the run Haley and Mike had a tennis match – they are on the NUIG Tennis team when they are available to play. Mike is on the Union team at home and maybe Haley is as well. She comes from Tiverton Rhode Island where I use to work as a nanny in the summers for Phil and Larry McGourty.  We have chatted about that in the past.  Mike is from Guilderland so is a local guy.  Dan is from Geneva and goes to college in town but lives on campus.

Denis and I went for lunch at Arabica and then back here. I ran up to the drug store to pick up something and he was doing some work.  We have everything we need for Paris we hope. Boarding passes, bus tickets, ride from the airport etc.

Soon we are leaving for our first public Bohran playing. Have to admit I am a bit concerned about making a fool of myself. I am bringing my music with me. I hope to get someone to take a couple of pictures and maybe a little video so I can see what we look iike and sound like.  so will finish this when I return.

What a fun time we had this evening.  We walked over to lower Salt Hill to the Cottage Bar and found out they were changing the location on us. So Jim from our class offered Denis, Julie and I a ride to the Olso right near the water in Salt Hill. It was a great time. There ended up being 8 of us from our class there. The more experienced folks were amazing. Brian is a very good teacher it is obvious… The band was great and at times we had trouble keeping up as the speed of the reels and jigs increased. But even so it was grand fun.  I was hoping to get someone to take a picture of us playing but we did not go up as groups. we all just played together and then two of the advanced groups played something special for us all.

One of the folks gave us a ride home which was so nice. So here we are, eating a late supper, watching Inspector Lewis and thinking about having to get up at the crack of dawn to go to the airport in Dublin.  The beginning of another adventure. Am taking my laptop with me so I can write each night and up load pictures. Cannot wait…

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