Top of the reeeaaally early morning actually. We landed in Dublin at midnight and then, once again, camped out in the airport until 5am when we could pick up our rental car….our little nugget of a rental car that is. Good thing it was only two of us b/c there was no trunk and our backpacks took up the entire back seat. It took a couple of miles to get used to sitting on the opposite side of the car and driving on the other side of the road. After that though, it was a breeze. Don't get me wrong, we had our moments, but no one got hurt :) Shelly was super excited about Ireland b/c that is where a lot of her ancestors were from. My last name is Green and Ireland is the greenest country ever…coincidence?! I think not! We headed off to the west coast of Ireland to see the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula and the town of Killarney. The drive only took 2 hours, but the thing that made it seem like 3 was there was no radio!! We could only pick up 1 talk radio station half the time and the other half just static. If you ask me, Ireland needs to step up it's music game, just saying. We did manage to see two rainbows on the drive and find some Irish jig music…and also sang our own songs, "she'll be commin' round the mountain when she comes..toot toot". It rains when it is sunny over there all the time. It will pour for 5 minutes and then be super sunny and then repeat. We go see the Cliffs of Moher first, which is currently in the running to be one of the new 7 Wonders of the world(so go vote!), and it was incredible. When I say incredible, I mean incredibly windy. Ha, just playin…but no, seriously, it almost blew us off the cliff. It really was amazing, just like you see in all the movies, but better!! Shelly found Name Crests for both last names, which was exciting(I'll be tagging all you fam members in FB pictures fo sho)! We manage to leave without falling over or dying from wind burn and head down the coast towards the Dingle Peninsula. On our way Laura stops for a chocolate muffin, chocolate croissant, powdered sugar croissant and a raspberry strudel thingamajig. I think she was hungry. We drive around the peninsula, which was beautiful. Rolling green hills, sheep, cattle and horses everywhere, plus one unicorn!! Shelly spots the most beautiful white horse in a pasture and points it out to Laura. Laura asks what it is and Shelly jokingly replies a unicorn. We back up to take some pictures and I turn around to say something to Laura and she is just in awe at the moment and with wonderment, magic and excitement in her eyes she says, "I didn't know they existed!!"! Hahaha…yes, Laura they do…in your happy place :)!!!! (ps when we skyped hot mama..aka Sue Nagy to tell her that story..she said when she looked at our Facebook pictures that she thought it was a picture of a unicorn..she said, "Shelly…the apple doesn't fall far from the tree ;)" Oh the Nagy's!! We then stop to get gas, where a whole team of high school football(soccer) boys were. Being typical young boys they stared the whole time. So when Shelly needed help filling the car with gas she asked one of them to help. Gas was only going in like $1 at a time. He thought it was broken and told her to pull up to the next one, and at about that time Laura comes out and says she had already filled it up! Shelly had managed to put in another 7.30 Euros in the already full gas tank, and the thing is, they had all watched Laura already fill up!! Little rascals. We stay the night in a cute little town called Killarney. We found this cute little B&B(bed & breakfast for all you special people out there) to stay in for the night. our room was Pink!! Before we head in for the night though we stop at a restaurant and get some amazing home cooked food…fish & chips, mashed potatoes, salad, fries and a cheeseburger. Then on our walk back to the car in the freezing, drizzly and windy air, Laura still spots an ice-cream shop and buys a two scooper. Then it's off to bed we go in our lil pink bedroom, where we'll wake up and have a real authentic home cooked Irish breakfast…wooohooo for more food!!!
"He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25