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November 14, 2010
Hello hello! I just got back from my trip with a group from school to the Ring of Kerry. We started off on Friday by going to see the Kerry Bog Ponies at a village set-up as it would have been hundreds of years ago. It was a very nice display and the man who opened it up loved talking to us about everything that could/would have gone on there.

After that, we headed to our hotel. There were probably about fifty of us all going and we took up almost the entire hotel in the town of Cahersiveen. It is a very very small town on the north side of the peninsula, but we really enjoyed the setting of the hotel.  Friday night we had dinner at the hotel (as all of our meals were) and then listened to a woman speak on how life in South Kerry has changed. She was hilarious and told so many great childhood and contemporary stories, we couldn’t get through them all. After that we had a band come and helped us learn some different partner Irish dances. Obviously, hilarity ensued. In the evening on Friday my friend Brittany and I hung out for a while with two boys on the trip (one American and one German) before heading to the bar downstairs at the hotel to chat with another boy on the trip with us and two local gentlemen who were QUITE entertaining; we definitely had a really fun night.

Saturday morning we woke up early and did a tour of the Skellig Ring. This area is rarely seen by most tourists and it is actually where our host is from, so she knew a ton about the area and we drove past her family’s old farmlands, homes, etc. The day started pretty rainy for our adventures, but without fog we could still see everything including the famous Skellig Michael island. As we progressed it cleared up and we stopped a few other places for information, or just for sites, including some beaches. We had the afternoon free in Cahersiveen and a few of us just walked around the town, had hot chocolate, and rested back at the hotel. In the evening we had dinner before hearing from a Gaelic Football player about the sport (he’s apparently really famous and won a couple All-Irish championships, but I can’t remember his name). His son came and they helped us set up a mock-game and we had a really good time. After that we had a table quiz in the hotel bar that made everybody think way to hard, but was fun nonetheless. Late in the evening Brittany and I hung out with the same boys and a few other girls and had a pretty good time.

Sunday we woke early again, had breakfast, and then walked to two very very old forts about four kilometers outside of Cahersiveen. It was a nice long and mostly flat walk and once we got there, it was really cool. One fort was mostly defense and the other one people actually lived in, so it was interesting to see how things were set-up and constructed. We had a quick lunch before leaving the hotel and heading to the actual Ring of Kerry route through Waterville, along the south, and through Sneem. We stopped quite a few places before veering off and heading back through Killarney National Park and eventually back to Cork. If you imagine the clearest day possible, it was nicer than that, so we didn’t need our big coats and really enjoyed heading outside.

Overall, it was a fantastic trip.  I got to meet a LOT of new people and had a really nice time with all of the people.  The lady who runs the trip is awesome and was always making sure we were all doing okay.  Even though it isn’t prime summertime, I’m really glad I went on the trip and definitely enjoyed it!

 


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