The first stop was in Knowth, where we got to see ancient monuments that were older than the pyramids! These burial sites were thousands of years old. (And reminded me so much of the Shire from Lord of the Rings!) These sights were designed in a way that would last, using large rocks that were anywhere between 1-5 tons to line the outside of the ‘building’ and the tunnels within them. Majority of the rocks had carvings along the outside of them, thought to be a form of prayer or song.
After a delicious lunch, we continued our journey through Northern Ireland, crossing the old customs boarder splitting Ireland and the U.K., into the city of Donegal. It was here that we finally got to settle into our apartments, which were down right adorable! That night, we walked across the street to have dinner, and the food was amazing. I got the salad, and then everyone at our table got the bread pudding for dessert. And let me tell you, that was the damn best bread putting I’ve ever had! So worth the 23 hours of flying here!
We later went down to the pub that’s downstairs from our apartments to have some wine, and the energy was incredible. (Nothing like American bars.) Granted, anywhere you go, there will be scary people that you need to avoid, but here, just about everyone is simply there to meet others, talk, and be social. The music was very folk-like and upbeat, which made everyone’s buzz even better.
Up until almost 4am, I was so glad to crawl up into a ball in our cozy room at the top floor to enjoy a few hours of sleep before the start of a whole new day!