Ancient East

28 January

Another free trip day! Today we headed for Glendalough which is located in the Wicklow National Park and then for Kilkenny, a medieval town in southeast Ireland. The drive was filled with gorgeous country side and a bit of rain.

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Luckily once we arrived in Glendalough, the skies cleared and all 100 students disembarked from the busses and took off for the lower and upper lakes. Since my camera battery has been acting up I’ve been taking the battery out while I’m not using it. OF COURSE because of this I got all the way to the upper lake (a 30 minute walk), got my camera out to snap a photo and THE BATTERY WASN’T IN THE CAMERA. All photos from Glendalough are courtesy of Margo.

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St. Kevin’s Church and Glendalough Monastic Site

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Still upset about the camera thing. I quickly realized how unsatisfied I am with iPhone photos in comparison to the Canon.


We hoped back into the bus and continued onto Kilkenny. Kilkenny is home to the grand Kilkenny castle which was actually lived in up until 1935. The castle was home to the wealthy Butler family who made all their money from a tax on wine. The castle didn’t have ‘scary potties’ as Margaret likes to say – in other words, it has been renovated and restored and doesn’t look like a medieval castle. We actually decided to go on the tour and once we realized the interior was as victorian as it gets bailed out early to maximize our time in the city.

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From the castle we went towards the other side of town to St. Canice’s Cathedral. In tradition with roman catholic cathedrals, it contained stunning stained glass. We sent Ben up the tower with my camera to capture the views of the city. It looked a little too claustrophobic for my liking.

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Spotted this little black kitty in the graveyard… Everyone seems to think this is bad luck? Where did that superstition come from anyway??

I took the liberty of researching this a little bit and in fact, Ireland and the UK believe a black cat crossing your path is a LUCKY OMEN. During the great plague in Europe the cat and specifically the black cat came to be seen as lucky. In other parts of the world black cats were associated with witchery – aka bad.

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I finally got a colored door picture!!

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Kilkenny was a wonderfully small and cute Irish city. We went into a little cafe on the way back to the bus called Cake Face. Afternoon snack consisted of the best chai latte i’ve ever had – i’ve had a lot – and the richest, most delicious coffee cake.

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