Annoying geography refresher course now complete!
I spent the last six days catching up with a friend from grad school, advising the NGO she works for about internet awesomery, and eating and seeing All The Things.
* Drinking cider in a proper pub. I’d always thought that the decor of America’s ‘Irish Pubs’ was a put on – all those dark booths and mirrors and the bright paint and gold letters. Nope. Nope. That’s a pretty decent approximation!
* Discovering that Giant’s Causeway is a lovely, lovely, totally over-touristed area. You know what’s way better? Following your Irish friends down a tiny path through sheep fields out to the coast.
* Touring the world’s oldest whiskey distillery (I’m a total dork for factory tours) and all those samples at the end. I’ve also discovered that 16 year old scotch is totally wasted on me.
* Visiting a local county fair! We ate ‘Yella man’ (a locally made sweet), saw all those lovely hairy cows and funny feather-footed chickens and ate lots of homemade cheese. But all of that pales in comparison to the MINI HORSE SHOW. You guys. Mini horses. Not chubby little ponies but proportionally accurate tiny horses. Be still my heart!
* Witnessing a cat-shaped topiary at Belfast Castle. Done.
Today, I head down to ‘Ireland Ireland’ as I refer to it for a bit of time in Limerick, Cork and then Dublin! Wish me luck navigating all those trains!