I ended up not getting much sleep last night because girls kept coming in the room all through out the night. Idon’t have a plug by my bunk bed so my phone ended up dying. I woke up at 5 in the morning freaking out thinking that I missed my alarm and would miss my tour. Thankfully, I grabbed my ipad and set the alarm on it for 6:15. Of course I really got up at 6:30 and left to find my tour. I ended up booking the Paddy Wagon tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the office was literally around the block from my hostel. The bus was pretty grand and had wifi. Today was another beautiful, sunny day. I guess I get to be in Ireland two out of the four days a year that it doesn’t rain. We started at 7:30 and drove from Dublin to the small town of Kinvara. We stopped for a 15 minute break and headed towards the Abbey. Apparently the man who built the Abbey hired 5 stone masons to build it. After they built it, he killed them so they could never build something like it again. It’s a great reward
for such hard work. After the Abbey we drove through the beautiful country side to the city Doolin. The famous stone walls that have nothing keeping them together but have stood there for over a thousand years are everywhere. They actually use them as walls for sheep and cattle. We drove by a bunch of bogs; according to the tour guide James, sitting by a fire smelling the bog burning and drinking Guinness is Heaven for an Irishman. A fun fact that I learned was that the farmers will mark each male sheep a different color on his belly. Then they let them out in a field of female sheep so they can mate. The female sheep then gets a certain color on her back therefore the farmer knows to expect a baby and who the father is. Needless to say, I passed by a ton of sheep with blue and red on their backs. On our way to Doolin, we stopped at the mini cliffs. It was really beautiful and was filled with smooth oval stones. I couldn’t help but think of my grandma who collects rocks everywhere she goes. I couldn’t find a good one that was small
enough so I grabbed a weird one. Once we made it to Doolin we stopped for a bite to eat. I ended up grabbing a Panini, chip sticks, and a water bottle since we didn’t really have time for a sit down meal. After Doolin we made it up to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are absolutely stunning. There were some parts that you could stand at the edge and look out over the ocean, or accidentally fall down 730 feet into water and rocks. We got to spend about two hours there climbing around the cliffs. On our way back to Dublin James told us some history about Ireland and its fight for independence. Around Dublin you can still see bullet holes from where they had an uprising. There is a big statue on Connolly street and one of the women statues has a bullet hole directly in her right breast. Dublin is definitely an interesting city. The tour ended a little bit later than planned, but it was a great tour. I had a blast and I highly recommend taking it. Tomorrow I will be taking a tour with the same company to the Giants Causeway in
North Ireland. I cannot wait to cross the Ricket Rede Bridge, but for now it is time to try and sleep!
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