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I am so glad I was able to visit Ireland. Before leaving the Emerald Isle, I also traveled to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Dingle. I even met a new friend in Dingle, Fungie the dolphin. I am now on to my next adventure, and it is making me hungry. I have always wanted to come here and try some of their delightful treats, ever since I read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” I also tried Borek and Kofte.
I have loved learning about the rich history of all of the countries I have visited, here is no different. I was surprised to learn a lot of religious history. Did you know the head of the Christian church once sat here, before the big schism. One of the most famous biblical ships is said to have landed here and I tried to follow several streams to the Garden of Eden.
There is also a rich military history. Both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar celebrated conquests in this region. Veni, vidi, vici! Homer, a native, also wrote about a famous war. Speaking of Homer, one of the activities I wanted to try was horseback riding, but the horse I found was way too big to ride, in fact it was big enough to ride in.
I have had a great time. Due to all of the different waterways I got to do a lot of swimming, especially through all four seas.
Till next time!
Paris was great! I am so excited to be starting my next adventure, but I haven't traveled too far. My next location is a place some of my ancestors may have come from. Many from this country went to Australia and New Zealand when they were penal colonies. I have explored much of the countryside and visited many amazing cities. Currently, I am in a small city in the south. I find it funny that their big claim to fame is a rock, but apparently there used to be a castle here that belonged to the ruling family of this province. I went to the site this morning and I had to walk up a big hill to get there. Most of it is ruins of a cathedral from when the Catholic Church came into Ireland. I also found it very interesting that families in the town still own some of the available plots in the cemetery.
I am staying at a Bed & Breakfast that is decorated to honor a mystery book heroine named Sister Fidelma. I picked up one of the books while I was there, and it was pretty interesting. In the story her brother was a King and his castle was at the historic site I visited earlier today. She grew up a princess, but joined the religious to receive a better education. In Ireland women had a lot of equal rights and she was able to work her way up to the second highest law degree.
I got really excited when I heard people talking about a football game in one of the nearby cities. Then they started talking about the FAI, and teams I didn't know. I have to go now, there is a traditional music and dance show at the historic center tonight and this weekend I am planning on partaking in some of the traditional Samhain festivities. Apparently there will be a big bonfire and a turnip carving contest!
Slán go fóill,
I recently left my home off the coast of New Zealand and have been swimming for miles. I'm so excited to be starting a new adventure and to have the chance to visit so many wonderful places around the world. After a long swim I finally reached my first destination, but it took me a while to decide which route to take. I couldn't decide if I wanted to go west through the Indian Ocean and around South Africa into the Atlantic or swim east across the Pacific and around the tip of South America. I went with the former, because seas around the latter can be rough.
Although we are in the 21st century, I see a lot of historical remnants. The rich history has really taught me a lot. I visited this wonderful tower built in 1889. It was built for some sort of exhibition, but now it is a huge tourist attraction. There were also a lot of churches. Do you know what a flying buttress is? Between those and these weird creatures, they don't look like the churches where I come from.
I also got to visit some wonderful museums, but the arts aren’t really my thing. I was more excited to see Mickey. There was also a huge river that ran through the city. I wonder if they would let me swim down it, or would the Gendarmerie frown up that... hmmmm.
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my first stop. Can't wait to get to my next location!