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Published: November 15th 2019
Bog Body #1
A bog body is a human cadaver that has been naturally mummified in a peat bog. Such bodies, sometimes known as bog people, are both geographically and chronologically widespread, having been dated to between 8000 BCE and the Second World War.
We started out the day with a visit to Dublin Castle. It’s actually the headquarters of the government. Part of it is really old and we went on a tour underneath where you can see walls built by the Vikings ca. 1035 ME. Then we went to the Archeology Museum where I finally got to see bog bodies in person (I’ve researched them in the past as I find them fascinating). From there, we lunched on Cornish pasties. I know they‘re English, not Irish but they’re irrestible.
We realized that we needed to get out of the city to see the topography of Ireland so we took a 20 minute train ride out to Howth (pronounced Hoth with a long o) Howth is a fishing village located out on a narrow peninsula (see map) and we walked to the end of the pier (where we counted at least 11 fish shops) and had clam chowder, mussels and French wine while watching crazy kite surfers and choppy waves. It was still cold today so I hope those surfers had fur lined wet suits.
We leave early tomorrow for Cape Town, South Africa via Istanbul and Ethiopoa.
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