Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Hello London!!

My dear family and friends--I have arrived in London! It's been awesome so far and I am having an absolute blast. Since I last wrote we left Dublin, took a ferry across the Irish Sea, and landed in Holyhead in Wales. We visited castles, checked out the Roof of Wales from Snowdon (a huge mountain in northern Wales), and then saw the Church sites of Gadfield Elms and Benbow Farm in Gloucestershire. Then we took another three-hour bus ride to London and after getting settled in our flats, we went grocery shopping and unpacked. Apparently we're living in the most expensive postal code in Europe right now--Kensington Gardens. Lovely.

We're starting classes tomorrow and getting our Tube passes and such. Awesome!! More to come.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Ireland in review

Well, unfortunately we've been without Internet access for the last several days. Our first hostel didn't have access, and the second had computers we could pay to use that were out of order. Oh well. So much has happened that it's hard to recall everything, but hopefully we'll have more regular Internet and I'll be able to update more frequently.

We've visited oodles of castles and lakes and churches, and we've seen incredibly beautiful vistas and had pretty much perfect weather. It's rained on and off quite a bit but today the sun came out for good and it was glorious. I've so far kissed the Blarney stone, taken a 2-hour, 5-km hike from a 96-room house to an ancient tower home on the edge of a lake, had a huge Twister tournament, and been serenaded with dozens of Irish ballads by our incredible bus driver.

I need to get dinner and such, and the Internet is so slow here that I might lose a long post. So, signing off!