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Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 14th 2009

Galway Film Fleadh This past week was the annual Galway Film Fleadh (the Irish word for festival; pronounced something like “flah”). There was an impressive list of films showing: new, old, documentaries, features, shorts, and old classics. Several of our students attended many of the showings. A few were very moved by a documentary they saw called “The Cove” and were delighted at the end of the film when the director appeared to discuss his film and answer questions. “The Cove” is the story of the dolphin trainer responsible for the 1960’s show “Flipper.” He now works to prevent mistreatment of dolphins around the world, and “The Cove” tells about previously unreported abuse of dolphins in a Japanese town. This film ended up winning the Festival prize for Best Feature Documentary. The only event I attended ... read more
Anjelica Huston
Menlo Park Hotel Galway
Neen and Eva and Agneska

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Aran Islands July 11th 2009

Inis Mor On Thursday we had a glorious day on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland. For Ireland, the weather was as good as it gets. About 68 degrees, with sunshine and blue sky, light white clouds, and a refreshing breeze. We took a bus from Galway, and then a ferry to the island. There are 14 villages on Inis Mor, and the largest is Kilronan, where the ferry lands. You can’t bring cars over to the Island, so there is a brisk business for locals in helping people get around. Tourists really keep Inis Mor hopping in July and August. At the ferry landing, we encountered a wide array of transportation options: coaches and vans for hire, small pony-led traps, and lots of bicycles for rent. I ... read more
300-year old cottage on Inis Mor
Sara at the High Cross in Kilronan, Inis Mor, Aran Islands
The site of the Seven Churches

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 7th 2009

Galway and Corrib Village The Aer Lingus flight from Boston to Shannon was smooth, on time, and uneventful. We arrived in Galway early Saturday morning, the Fourth of July, and settled in to our accommodations at Corrib Village. These are apartment-like suites. Each student has their own room, sharing a bathroom, living room, and kitchen with 3 others. Mike and I have rooms that are “en-suite,” meaning we each have a private bath. The rooms are comfortable, with desks, bookshelves, and plenty of space for our clothes and belongings. The village is at the edge of the campus of NUI-Galway, the fourth largest university in Ireland. It sits along the edge of the river Corrib, and there is a lovely walking path along the river. I’ve already walked along it a few times. The weather in ... read more
Poltnabrone Dolmen
Wrap in a Shop in Doolin
Back view of wrap

North America » United States » Vermont » Brattleboro June 20th 2009

It's been a few years since my last travel blog (U.K. in 2007). I'm leaving for Ireland in two weeks, so I'm reviewing the blog posting process. If you are still subscribed to my blog from 2007, feel free to unsubscribe now, or stay on and you'll get notices of my postings over the next six weeks. I hope to post a few times per week. Feel free to share my blog address and/or posts with other friends and family. I have a lot to do to get ready to leave. I have to pack my clothes and gear to be away from home for 6 weeks. I need to be ready for any kind of weather. Mostly it should be in the 60's and 70's, so my uniform will probably be capri pants, a T-shirt, ... read more
Rhys and Logan
Clark Baccalaureate
Clark and friends before prom

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 29th 2007

This will probably be my last post from this trip, as the last few days are quickly passing. We are in London, and the students will be very busy in the next few days combining some London sightseeing with work on completing their final synthesis project. For three weeks, as we have traveled, they have been reading various travel writers’ work and analyzing and critiquing their styles and approaches. They have also written 6 of their own travel essays, trying to capture the essences of the places we’ve visited and the experiences we’ve had. We’ve talked a lot about their observations about Britain, the British, train travel, and interestingly enough, what it means to be American. So often as they struggle to articulate what they are seeing in Britain, it is defined and explained in ... read more
Inside the Globe
Globe Musicians Warming Up the Crowd
St. Paul's Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury June 27th 2007

After a very long train journey down from Whitby on Sunday, we stopped for two nights Canterbury. We stayed on the campus of the University of Kent, a few miles out from the city centre. It was a fairly modern campus, and the main buildings were designed as symmetrical stars, with halls jutting out from a large central courtyard. We found this very confusing at first. When giving directions, people would talk about the “front of the building” but it was not apparent to us where the front of these buildings was. Our accommodations were comfortable, although the students did not like being so far away from sources of food and drink. The first morning there we went to Canterbury Cathedral. This is an incredibly old and beautiful cathedral, most famous for the murder of ... read more
Interior of Cathedral
Dover Castle
Chalk Cliffs of Dover

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire June 23rd 2007

Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast, is a stunningly beautiful town even before you get off the train. Red-tiled roofs climb up the two main cliffs that face each other across a small fishing harbor. We arrived after a long train ride to fresh sea breezes and white fluffy clouds against a blue sky. The students loved it immediately. Its small town charm was a refreshing change after Edinburgh. The town is divided by the harbor. On the east side sits the Old Town, with its narrow cobblestoned streets and tiny little shops and pubs. The oldest street is Church Street, with a market place with massive stone pillars supporting the Town Hall. At the end of Church Street is the Duke of York pub, with lovely views of the harbor, and the beginning of ... read more
Whitby West Cliff
Shepherd's Purse
This Way to Sanders' Yard

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 20th 2007

I awoke to the sound of steady rain. I wondered if perhaps it was just the sound of Lucy taking a shower, but a look out my window into the alley confirmed that it was raining quite heavily. My plan for an early morning hike up Arthur’s Seat no longer seemed so appealing. But once I’m awake, I’m up for the day, so I put on my fleece and a raincoat and decided to go out for some breakfast. I thought I’d check out the Elephant Café, a recommended stop for coffee or a meal, and now quite famous because J.K.Rowling used to spend her days there, with her infant daughter napping (so the story goes) while writing the first of the Harry Potter books. Although it seemed quite a touristy thing to do, I ... read more
Elephant House Cafe Interior
View from Window of Elephant House
National Gallery of Scotland

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » The Highlands June 19th 2007

Haggis Tours is a bus tour company offering a variety of guided tours throughout Scotland. We signed on for a day-long journey up into the Highlands of Scotland, with a stop at Loch Ness. Lucy really wanted the students to see the Highlands and compare the landscape and atmosphere there with what they were seeing in the city of Edinburgh. Our coach driver, Frazer, met us outside Budget Backpackers at 8:30 am for our tour. Our students stumbled on in a bit of a haze; the young man next to me was proud of the fact the he was both awake and prepared with some breakfast: a can of Sprite and a packet of Skittles. Haggis Tours’ marketing slogan is “Wild and Sexy,” and our driver Frazer specializes in tours targeted at the college-aged crowd. ... read more
Doune Castle
The Highlands
Our student group in Glencoe

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 18th 2007

Edinburgh Cordiner’s Land June 18, 2007 On our train journey from Oxford to Edinburgh, we had a few inconveniences and mishaps. The first leg of the trip was about an hour on a very crowded train. Many of us were jammed into the entrance way to the car, standing up for the whole trip, swaying back and forth, trying to keep our luggage from tumbling over. We had to change at Birmingham, and we raced across the station to find our platform, only to be uncertain which train we were to take. The 12:00 to Aberdeen? Or the 12:03 to Edinburgh? Everyone began to pile on the 12:00, but then ran to the other side for the 12:03. In horror, we realized we had lost track of one student. Had she gotten on the wrong ... read more
The view from our Edinburgh flat
The Tatoo Stadium from the Castle
Portcullis Gate at Edinburgh Castle

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