Sunday, September 21, 2008

Busy Week

Wow!  This week has been extremely busy, but a lot of fun.  Wednesday, we hiked Brayhead, a nearby mountain, which was absolutely beautiful.  There's this cement cross up at the top with a wonderful view, and even though it was raining, we still had a blast.  Thursday, we spent all day in Dublin, seeing Kilmainham Gaol and a 1916 Rising Memorial.  My roommate, Lauren, hurt her foot, and ended up getting piggy-back rides all through Dublin for the entire day.  She's on the mend now, but still limping.  The next day, we took the DART back out to Dublin to see the book of Kells and Trinity Library (which was incredible) and then headed to the National Museum.

That night was also Culture Night downtown, so we hung around there to do a lot of the free activities they have there.  We took an Akaido class, which is martial arts/dance, and learned some awesome moves.  That was definitely the highlight of the night.  On the way back, we took the train into Bray, one stop before Greystones, and were waiting to catch a connecting DART to our stop.  Unfortunately, the DART broke down at an earlier stop, and was running about an hour late at 11:30 at night.  So one of the DART workers put us on this double-decker bus for free that brought us into Greystones.  That was a great adventure.  We even got to ride on top of the bus!

Yesterday was a full day as well, because we invited a bunch of families and people from the community over for a pig roast.  We had an entire pig roasting over the fire!  It tasted pretty good.  We spent all day setting up for the party, and then played games with the kids when they came.  That was a lot of fun.  We even got to roast marshmallows over the pig-fire later on in the night.  Finally, after everyone had gone, we went down to the beach and sat on the cliffs/rocks for worship.  It was so beautiful there because it was a clear night with a huge moon hanging over the water and lots of stars.  I counted three shooting stars!  These last few days have been exhausting, but I've loved every minute of them.

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