Reflection in Ireland 2011. Karie Vrba.
On May 9th 2011 I embarked on an adventure of a lifetime. In just two short weeks we made a loop around the entire country of Ireland. Our first stop of the journey was at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden. We stayed the night in Waterford and then headed towards Cork. We stayed there for a few nights and hit up Mount Congreve, Old Midleton Distillery (Jameson Whiskey), Nangle and Niesen (a nursery), Blarney Castle, Garinish Island, and Dereen Gardens.
The next leg of our journey took us to the Killarney area were we saw Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney National Park, toured The Ring of Kerry, survived The Cliffs of Moher, and explored The Burren. We then set our sights on Galway, we stopped by Brigit’s Garden, Connemara Pony Stud, Kylemore Abbey, Strokestown, and Clonmacnoise. We had a brief stop in Belfast where we saw The Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede (giant ropebridge), and had a tour of Belfast. We ended our journey in Dublin where we saw Helen Dillon’s Garden, Knockmore Gardens, Glendalough monastery and of course Guinness.
Even with all the rain and wind on the trip I still had a blast and managed to make a ton of new memories. I found out that for me it’s not really about the places that you visit it’s the experience that you take away from those places that really matters.
When you travel you are bound to encounter new and strange things. All of these things are a great learning experience and you can really find out a lot about yourself and even the people surrounding you.
During my time in Ireland I learned a lot, some of it very surprising and some even a little strange. Here follows a summary of all the amazing things that I learned during my time in Ireland…