The Journey

Ireland Trip 2017 Blog

Learning to See

After a day on the Great Blasket Island, sketching and working with watercolors, we went to the home of Marie Simonds-Gooding, a world known artist who happens to live across the street from our hostel, in a house that was brought over from Great Blasket when the...

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Swimming with Seals

Seals are shy. Everyone knows that. Shy, and dangerous. But perhaps that's because people often were known to kill them for their oil and meat. There's old wisdom here that to heal a seal bite, you stuff in a chunk of seal meat. But this is also the land of the...

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The Back Side of the Island

Initially, our idea was to circumnavigate the island, walking the ten kilometers around before catching the ferry again. But the beauty was so striking that we handed out pocket Windsor Newton watercolors, and post card sized watercolor paper, and sat at the edge of a...

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The Great Blasket Ferry

The ferry to Great Blasket Island has been able to go out only four times in the last two months, due to weather. But when we arrived, we brought the sun, and the day was sparkling and glorious. McKinley wanted to bring her cello, but was a little worried about its...

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The First Day – Shannon to Dingle

It is stunning how well you can function even after the slightest hint of sleep on the airplane. The sun was up, the air soft, and we were in Ireland. We knew, because the toilet seats in the airport were round instead of oblong. Small, fascinating differences. Owen...

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Backlog of Adventure!

Despite our best intentions, our thousand pictures have been worth not even one word. We underestimated the intense schedule when we had wifi, and then when things slowed down, we had no internet. But the trip has begun, and already we have had experiences that we'll...

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IRELAND!

Half the group has never left our country before, so even the little things are amazing -- like round seated toilets, and driving on the left.  Our technology - connecting the amazing photos we have taken to the blog - is still not up and running, but will be...

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