Saturday ended a long while after it began, and Sunday began much sooner than I thought it would. We had a destination in mind, a park in the middle of the mountains which had a waterfall we could walk to. After a small detour to try to follow signs for Farm Cheese, only to arrive about 45 minutes later to a closed store, we found the park and chose the route to take up the mountain. Although not a hiker by nature, I figured it couldn't be any harder than 24 miles through Connecticut with a 40-pound cross. And so we set off up the mountain. Shortly after reaching about midway we lost two of our group members to an easier route back down the mountain, skipping the falls, but seeing a reconstructed 19th century Irish household. The rest of us made it to the falls and back down safely. Pictures are in the slideshow below. As most of us were tired, that was the extent of walking too much that day. We returned to Kenmare and explored downtown, had a drink, and went back to the cottage to get ready for dinner. After our dinner at a nice restaurant we went to listen to some live music at a pub. We were mellowed out by then and returned to the cottage for a good night's sleep.
Monday began as any other day, breakfast in the cottage, and discussions on the plan for the day. We finally decided upon driving up to Kerry to see some castles. Before reaching the castles some of the group explored a beach, but to me all beaches are the same, I wanted to get to the castles. The pictures describe the castles quite well, and I am determined to return without my mother so I can climb to the top without giving her a heart attack. We saw a castle in the midst of falling apart, and a restored fort both dating back a couple hundred years. We took what seemed to be the long road back to the cottage, although that was, I think, because the adults were attempting to find a chocolate factory. This was ironic as all I could think of was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the fact that he made Gobstoppers. Gobstoppers are the one candy I have been craving since I stepped foot in Europe and they do not exist here. Just nature's way of teasing me! We never found he chocolate factory, and headed home. The men, minus myself, made dinner, and it was quite good.
Tuesday was a planned day before it even began. We went to Muckross House, a mansion that has been preserved from the late 19th century. It was quite impressive to see how rich people lived back then. I really enjoyed the bell system they used to summon the servants. 32 bells were attached by string to different places in the house, and the servants had to recognize which bell went where and what bell the pitch of the ring was associated with. I thought that part was very cool. In the afternoon, we were set to kayak near a castle. Unfortunately I downloaded mom's camera onto my laptop Monday night and didn't get any pictures from Tuesday. But, it was very cool to kayak on the lake. We went to explore a 6th century monastery, which was used to instruct many of the king's sons back in that time. As the least physically active of the group I was not all that excited to kayak, but my age and lack of physical activity equaled their age and level of physical activity, so it was well balanced. In all it was a great experience, and my first, actually in a wet suit, maybe my last too. Tuesday night we had a great dinner, my last in Ireland, as Wednesday morning we go up extra early and I was off to the airport to come back to Paris.
Work since Wednesday has been nothing special. I hope to start interviews either today or tomorrow. My last day here is Thursday as my flight home is Friday. My guess is that I will film for the next 3 and a half days and edit the film on my way home or when I get back. SHU should see my arrival on Sunday, and I begin work on Monday. I can't wait to get home, as I've missed quite a bit. I hope weather is getting better, as it remains sunny here. Today is quite hot actually, not a cloud in the sky! Enjoy the pictures below: