Friday, June 13, 2014

Trim and Newgrange

Not many pictures today... it was pretty much a travel day. But before we left Trim this morning we snapped a few pictures in front of the castle. From there we went to Newgrange, a burial mound from about 3200 BC. It was fascinating and I'm glad I saw it, but the reason I don't have many pictures is that I didn't last 2 minutes inside the burial mound. It's a covered stone structure with a narrow, low entryway of stone that aligns perfectly with the sun on the date of the Winter Solstice. There's only one way in and out. I got in there and didn't want to get stuck behind all the people as I waited to leave. I started to feel kind of panicky, so I hightailed it out of there and sat on the grass as I waited for the rest of them to come out. It was cool, but that didn't mean I was going to be able to stay inside for any length of time. I ended up with a nice view of the sheep in the hills nearby. And lots of open air.

From Newgrange we dropped our car at the airport, and now we're in Dublin for a few days. I haven't really been sleeping too well, so I'm pretty tired. Hoping that gets better since we're in the same spot for a while. After being in the country for a week, Dublin looks so busy.

Tonight's big plan is to do some laundry and pass out early.

I haven't been able to time it right to talk to either of the kids at home (I've FaceTimed with E) because of the time difference, so I'm looking forward to hearing from them. This is the longest I've been away from them without contact. Henry sent me a nice long email this morning about all the things he's been doing in his last week of school, so that was a good little bit of home.  Today was his last day.

And as much as I'm enjoying this experience, I'm missing all my UCR friends like crazy. Some of my most special people are graduating this weekend at June residency and I couldn't be there. Feels weird, all of my favorite people being together and I'm not there. I'm so happy and proud of my friends. I just wish I could be there to hug 'em a little.

I think I need to go eat something. Or maybe lack of sleep is catching up with me. I feel exhausted tonight. And I feel like all I've had to eat for three days is scones. I'm over scones, btw. And I haven't had nearly enough Irish cheese.

More soon.

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