Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June 2

Okay so here's the deal. I'm having far too much fun to take time out to blog. There is literally something to do every minute and I just don't want to miss out on anything. So here's my offer: I'll stop blogging and when I get back you can give me a call and we'll get a cup of tea and I'll tell you all about it with sweet pictures.

What do you think?

Also, I'm keeping a journal so don't fret, I won't forget anything.

Love you all, Jen

PS-- Europe is awesome

Friday, May 28, 2010

May 28, Day 4

Hey everyone, it's day four and we're still having a wonderful time and today is Pat's birthday! We've done so much in the last 24 hours, I'll try to remember it all. So after we got picked up from downtown Cork, we went back to Pat's uncle's house where we met a ton of family and ate A LOT. Then his uncle, Tadgh, invited us to join him on his sailboat and to compete in the Royal Cork Yacht Club sailboat race. Okay that was incredible. We sailed for over an hour and came in second! won a case of beer too. unfortunately at the expense of dave's face... we were using our body weight to weigh down sides of the boat and in changing sides, dave got attacked by a sail. a small price to pay :) we went to the bar at the club and celebrated with a round of drinks. The Irish like to drink! We left and went to visit Pat's cousin, his wife, and their two adorable baby girls, Queva and Marie where of course... we drank more. Who drinks straight whiskey? We stayed for about an hour and went back to Tadgh's house where we slept over, but first they let us use their computer and made us even more drinks. It's near impossible to refuse a drink from these people. Anyway, we got up this morning around 8, had an incredible traditional Irish breakfast with eggs, sausage, bacon, orange juice, tea, and pudding and headed to the train station. We caught a 10am train back to Dublin where we had lunch... Cottage Pie, and caught another train to Belfast. It's dark, cold, and a little scary here but we just went out to eat and the people are so incredibly nice. We ate at a pub and our waiter was fantastic! We got a discount for staying in a hostel and got a free bottle of wine for Pat's birthday... ironic as he doesn't drink so the three of us celebrated for him! haha now we are back in the hostel and aren't really sure what to do. We don't want to go out... it's a little sketchy but we're hoping to find some fun people in the hostel. Debating going to the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-rede rope bridge tomorrow but its looking like a no. Its pretty far, a little expensive, and we would have to bring our giant 30lb backpacks... we might catch an early train to Glasgow instead. It's crazy here, its almost June and its maybe 55 degrees here. Also, we are at such a high latitude that the sun doesn't go down until 11:30 pm. Anyway, we're off to explore the hostel and make some friends... miss you all. Thanks for reading :)

Off to Scotland tomorrow, I'll post again soon.
Love, Jen

ps. R.I.P. Gary Coleman

May 27, Day 3

Hello all, top of the morning(okay it's about three in the afternoon here) but this place is wonderful. Mom, I can't believe you just sent a message about how our ancestors are from Cork, I'm there right now! Pat has family here and they are giving us a tour, we could easily be related. Yesterday we were in killaney, walked a trail through the national park and ended up at a castle, ate some authentic sheppards pie, bought a knit scarf (I couldn't help myself), listened to some live music at a local pub, hung out with the locals and got travel advice from the band! Then we walked around the town for a while and landed back at the sugan hostel (google it. It's really cool). Got up this morning around 7, had a nice breakfast and pats uncle picked us up ad took us to meet some of his family and to see where his ancestors are buried. Then he took us to blarney where we saw the castle and kissed the blarney stone. I was in the dungeon of the castle when I ran into a girl I know from tcnj which was cool. Now we are in cork, toured the prison and are in a cafe, waiting to get our potatoes! Love you all and I miss you, kinda :)

May 25- Day One

okay so no one answers their phone or texts! alright -or the connection doesnt work- but we made it and Dublin is awesome. we're having a blast, went to trinity college, saw the book of kells, had falafel from an outdoor market, went to st. stevens green (as nana suggested) and it was gorgeous, went shopping because its cold and we werent prepared, went to the Guinness factory, saw the Dublin castle, finally check into the hostel and just showered and are getting ready for dinner! theres a sweet bar with live music tonight downstairs- we are off to killarney tomorrow morning.
love you all, jen

Monday, May 24, 2010

Today's the day!

Okay so I just woke up, have a few errands to do and am leaving for the airport around 12:45.
Flight leaves from Newark at 5pm. (probably should not have watched Lost last night... hope I don't end alive/dead/half and half on an island somewhere!)

I'm gonna miss everyone so much! Leave comments :)
Love you all, Jen

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 16

The fab four are all sitting together at 89 Groveland planning our misadventures :)
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