stevenpiziks: (Ireland)
I'm in Dublin again, here until Monday morning.  It was an awful drive, let me tell you!  I made it safely, but only barely, and I was thoroughly relieved to get rid of my car.  Now I'm safely ensconced in the Eliza Lodge hotel.  More on this part later.  Here's some more journal.  Once I get home, by the way, I'll be able to get some pictures loaded.

Some of my journal gets into mysticism.  For those of you who don't like it or who don't believe in it, I've put labels where that sort of thing begins and ends so you can skip over that sort of thing.


Saturday

Woke up early because someone’s car alarm down below was going off.  I inserted my ear plugs and went back to sleep.  Note to self: ear plugs drown out the alarm of the traveling alarm clock.  Woke up half an hour late.  Oops!

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FRIDAY

Got up at 7:30. Why? Because I wanted to hit a day tour. A company I found runs tours that take you to various places for a reasonable fee. One is called the Celtic Tour, and they take you to several lesser-known sites north of Dublin. They leave the Tourist Information Centre on Suffolk Street at 9:00, and it’s about a 15- minute walk.

I ate a full Irish breakfast in the hotel’s sunny breakfast room. This meant I had a very strange sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, beans, bacon, ham, and tea. Very filling. Then I headed off. Got turned around once, but finally arrived at the Centre by 8:50. The Centre used to be St. Andrews Church, a large stone cathedral-type affair, and it looks like one on the outside. Inside, it’s a souvenir shop and ticket stand for various tours. The tour I wanted always sends a bus to wait outside. I didn’t see the right bus. By 9:10, I still hadn’t seen it. I had the phone number of the tour group, so I called them and learned the Celtic Tour had left because it had filled up. Crap! The Newgrange/Knowth Tour bus, however, would be arriving at 11:00. Did I want to book a seat?

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I'm in the library in Athboy.  Athboy is a small village not far from the cottage where I'm staying.  The teeny-tiny library has ancient computers with brand-new monitors and a very friendly librarian.

Anyway, I'm going to post my Ireland journal in pieces.  If I post everything at once, it'll be too long to read easily.

Incidentally, it rained all day yesterday and all day today so far.  It's supposed to clear a bit tonight and tomorrow.  Sheesh.  The locals tell me this much rain is unusual, even for Ireland.

Now to the journal.

JUNE 26, 2008, THURSDAY

Arrived in Ireland safely, but without Corey. This is a major disappointment. I really wanted to play my harp in Ireland. But the check-in worker said there was a $150 surcharge no matter what, and that was it. I couldn’t justify the expense, so I called Kala and she came to take him home. I was very upset.

On the other hand, I didn’t have to worry about the logistics of hauling a large, 45-pound harp case through the Dublin airport and to my hotel.

Both my flights went without a hitch and we landed in Dublin right on time. Delta is so much more reliable than Northwest Air, and I’m glad I paid the extra $100 to fly with them. My seat-mates during the Atlanta-Dublin leg of the flight were doing a tour of southern Ireland, and we talked a little about why we were going. They were impressed that a Real Live Author was sitting on the plane with them. :)

Whoof!

Jun. 30th, 2008 03:12 pm
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Okay, I'm in an Internet cafe in Trim.  I don't have wifi or other Internet access at the cottage, so I'm basically off-line most of the time.  Short version for the moment:

--driving on the left side is nerve-wracking, especially when you're driving curving roads bordered by hedges and you can't see what's coming at you

--So far I've visited lots of places in Dublin (including the Book of Kells and the Long Room), Newgrange, Knowth, Loughcrew, a ruined castle whose name I keep forgetting, two graveyards, and Trim Castle. 

--I have a bicycle!  This is a majorly cool development, since I can ride around the Irish countryside.

--I've taken something like 800 pictures and short videos so far, and it's only Monday.

--I don't want to live in Ireland.  It's high summer here, and the weather hasn't once gotten above 62.  Twice I've lit fires in the fireplace to warm the living room.  That said, I have to say the countryside is the most beautiful I've ever seen anywhere.  (Sorry, Michigan.)

--Never seen so many redheads in my entire life.

Now I'm heading off to see the Bective Abbey, another ruin.

--Steven
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I've arrived in Dublin.  No joy with the harp.  :(  Baggage person said it was $150 surcharge.  End of story.  I was forced to leave Corey behind.

However, I didn't have to carry him through the airports or through the streets of Dublin, either.  And I'm probably going to buy a few small (inexpensive) musical instruments I already know how to play.

Already gone on a bus tour of Dublin.  Now I'm off to get a (very) late lunch and do some more sightseeing.  Full details later, when I have more time to write.

Packed

Jun. 25th, 2008 12:04 am
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I'm all packed, except for the stuff you can't pack until the absolute last minute.  Ireland awaits!
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I'm packing now.  I have a list--I always make a list.  And I am a fucking genius.  (Not just a genius--a fucking genius, baby!)

My goal was to have only a carryon for my clothes and a backpack for my lap.  That way, Corey would be my only piece of checked luggage.  Corey will a be challenge enough to haul around without the burden of a full-sized suitcase, thanks.  But could I pack into a carryon enough clothes for twelve days, several of which would likely include hiking over difficult terrain and others of which would include tromping civilized (and uncivilized) parts of Dublin?

Yes.  Yes, I could.  Why?  That's right--genius!

I first made a list.  I always make a list.  That way I'm less likely to forget something.  My list of clothes runs:

Socks
Underwear
Jeans (one black, one blue)
Light slacks (1)
Heavy slacks (1)
Polo shirts (5)
Fleece (2)
Windbreaker
Hiking boots
Rain suit
Pajamas

I'm not going swimming, so no swimsuit.  The weather will be too chilly for shorts (and they're not worn much in Ireland), so none of those.  T-shirts are out--polo shirts are just as comfortable for tromping during the day and have the advantage of being dressy enough for restaurants or clubs in the evening.  No dinner jacket--I won't be going anywhere that requires one.  Ditto for dress shoes.

All this went into a tiny carryon, with room left over.  How?  Well, the first rule of packing is Use the Dead Space.  I rolled up six pairs of socks and stuffed them inside the hiking boots.  Another six pairs were also rolled and stuffed into the cracks and crevices around the boots.  Ditto for several pairs of underwear.  (If it came to it, I was ready to cut the amount of socks and underwear in half and either rinse them out when I was there or just buy some cheap stuff.)

The second rule is Wear It.  On the trip to Ireland, I'll be wearing a pair of jeans, a polo shirt, and the windbreaker.  I could have worn a fleece, but that'll be too uncomfortable.

The rest of the clothes were folded down or rolled tightly.  Wrinkled?  Yep!  Such is life.  But I can wear the black polo shirt the first day while the wrinkles hang out of the other clothes.  I did lay the heavier slacks flat atop everything.  Zipped it shut, and I was done!

There are two pockets on top of the carryon.  These will keep my toiletries, including the plastic bag of liquid stuff.  Easy to access.

Next up--packing Corey and the backpack!

Genius!

What are your best packing stories?

Dammit!

Jun. 23rd, 2008 04:04 pm
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The airport changed the luggage policy on me.  The hard-sided travel case I have for Corey might be too big to check as luggage.  I'm furious.

I was double-checking stuff for the trip, and I came across Delta's luggage info.  Now you can't have any piece of checked luggage that measures over 62" (height + width + length) or weigh over 50 pounds.  I'm running into a serious problem.  Corey and the new case only weight 45 pounds, so that's not a problem.  But measuring the case itself is problematic.  It's a trapezoid.  One end is high, the other end is low.  To get the height, do I measure the high end?  The low end?  Measure both and take an average?

I called the airline to ask and, of course, got a representative in India who barely understood what I was asking.  Once I got her to understand the question, her only answer was to repeat the script in front of her.  ("It's the height plus the width plus . . . "  "I know that.  How do I measure the height when the height isn't regular?"  "Measure the height plus the width . . . ")

The airline does allow luggage between 63" and 82", but for a surcharge--of A HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS.  That would be $300, there and back, to take Corey with me.

If I measure everything at its highest and widest, I'm a few inches over the absolute maximum 82".  If I measure an average height, I'm fine (except for the $300).

Another option might be to wrap Corey in bubble wrap and put him in his soft-sided case.  Then he'd be easily within the size limits (though I'd still probably have to pay the extra fee).  But I worry about him getting smashed.  I mean, the bubble wrap will help against bumps and bruises, but it won't help if he's on the bottom of a huge pile of heavy luggage.  A harp is hollow, after all.

There's a distinct possibility that the luggage check-in person would accept the travel case without batting an eye or might just take a bit of persuading.  But I'm scared to death that I might have no trouble at this end, only to hit an officious jerk in Ireland who tells me on the return trip, "No, this is too big, even for the extra fee," and I'd have to abandon Corey in Ireland.

And here's a kicker--Delta allows you TWO pieces of checked luggage.  That means you can have 122 inches and 100 pounds worth of luggage, really, but they won't let you bring a single piece that's way less than this total.  Corey's airplane case is, at its maximum, 85" and 45 pounds, and it could well be refused.  But I could show up with two trunks of 62" each and weighing a total of 100 pounds, and they'd be accepted.  Thismakes no sense!

I called a friend of a friend who works as a luggage handler for Delta, and after hearing my problem, he said he wasn't sure what the measurement policy would be, but he'd ask around at work today.

If he can't get an answer, I'll just go down to the airport with my travel case, select a Delta baggage clerk, and ask.  See what happens.

I'm truly upset.  I really, really want to take Corey with me.  I'm looking forward to playing him on Irish hills and maybe even in tombs or stone circles.  But $300 is steep.  What sucks is that the case itself cost $300 to have made, and it may be suddenly unusable.

:(
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The last few days I've been getting ready for my trip to Ireland.  Many, many details to work out.  I get insanely detail-oriented in cases like this.  I spent considerable time, for example, putting together an itinerary for myself.  This involved getting on-line, looking up places to visit, and downloading driving directions to each place.  I've also been making out a packing list and shopping for various small things I need--a little flashlight, an empty water bottle (which you can take past security and fill in the bathroom, thereby avoiding stupid airport prices), luggage tags, travel-size toiletries, and so on.  I've also been downloading entertainment to my iPod.

So far, my itinerary looks like this:

THURSDAY

--Explore Dublin
--Trinity College, Book of Kells
--National Museum of Archaeology and History

FRIDAY

--Celtic Tour (this is a day tour that leaves from Dublin, and you don't  have to sign up in advance--you just show)
      Depart: Outside Dublin Tourist Information Office, Suffolk Street (9.00am), The Royal Dublin Hotel (9.20am) Price Adult 29 euros, Student 27 euros. Duration - 9.00 am till 5.30 pm

SATURDAY

--Leave for cottage
--Go to store
--Explore sights from yesterday or rest or return to Dublin

SUNDAY

--Loughcrew

MONDAY

Trim
Trim Castle
Bective Abbey
Dunsany Castle (time allowing and if it's open)

TUESDAY

Caggaunowen Prehistory Park
Burren National Park
(This involves a three-hour drive across Ireland, but the Caggaunowen Prehistory Park has recreated Bronze Age farms, houses, and more, so I'm a-goin'!)

WEDNESDAY

Free day (perhaps revisit Newgrange and Knowth again)

THURSDAY

Kells Abbey (morning)
Athboy and the Hill of Ward (afternoon)

Music in:
Athlone - "The Thatch" - Thursday
Moate - "Egan's" - Thursday

FRIDAY

Dunmoe Castle (Navan)

SATURDAY

--Leave cottage for Dublin

SUNDAY

Dublin

Christchurch Cathedral
Dublin Castle
Kilmainham Gaol
St. Patrick's Cathedral

MONDAY
Leave for home 

Hard Case

Jun. 9th, 2008 02:00 pm
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Some time ago, I'd ordered a hard-sided traveling case for Corey.  The soft case he has now won't work for airplane travel, and since I'm taking him to Ireland, he needs an airplane-ready carrier.  My friend Jeff Lewis (http://www.lewiscreek.net/) makes harps and he said he could make Corey a good travel case, and a while ago he called to let me know it was done.  After school check-out was finished, I drove over to Howell to get it.
 
The case is solid and utilitarian.  It's made of heavy-duty plywood and screws shut, so I'll have to bring a small screwdriver with me so I can get Corey out of it.  It's also =heavy=, but I'm not going to be hauling Corey around in it on a daily basis, and I'm willing to deal with the weight at the airport.
 
As an added bonus, I was able to buy another tuning wrench and a tuner.  I'd lost mine up at my sister's birthday party over Memorial Day, and you just try walking into a music shop to ask for a tuning wrench suitable for a harp.
 
CLERK: A tuning what?
 
ME: A tuning wrench.  It's also called a tuning key.  For tuning harp strings?
 
CLERK: A harp?
 
ME: Yeah.  A harp.  I play a harp and I need a tuning wrench.
 
CLERK: We don't carry harps.
 
ME: You have two folk harps in your window.
 
CLERK: Oh yeah.  Those have been there for years.  I don't even remember when we got them.
 
ME:  Look, I'm hoping you'll have a tuning wrench that'll fit my instrument.  Do you?
 
CLERK: We have wrenches we use to repair guitars with, but they're not for sale.  Try a hardware store.
 
ME: No, I need a =tuning= wrench.  To turn the pegs on my harp.  I lost my old wrench and I need a new one.
 
CLERK: Why don't you go to a harp store?
 
ME: Do you know of any in the area?
 
CLERK:  Nope.
 
And so on.  I could order a wrench on-line, but believe it or not, harp pegs are =not= standardized, and it's entirely possible to get one that won't fit.  So that's a risk.  But Jeff carries the right size--I've bought them from him before.  I also bought a new tuner from him, since my old one had similarly vanished.  This one has a metronome built in, and it'll be handy for Aran to use for his lessons.
 
Now Corey is ready to travel!  The smooth, empty surface of the case begs for Ireland bumper stickers . . .
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Every few days or so, I get an e-mail from Travelocity informing me that there's been a change in my Ireland flight plans.  Either the departure time of one of the flights has changed by about five minutes or the flight number has changed.  I'm assuming this has something to do with the Delta/Northwest merger.  It's unnerving, though.
 
What really bites is that I chose to fly via Delta despite a slightly higher ticket price because I HATE NORTHWEST.  Northwest, as I've observed elsewhere, deservedly has the worst customer satisfaction rating of any airline in the world, and every time I've flown with them, something has gone wrong.  Every single time.  Although it appears that Delta is swallowing up Northwest more than anything else, I'm not happy about the whole thing, and these e-mails aren't making me feel better.

Rental Car

Apr. 13th, 2008 04:18 pm
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My car insurance company recently sent us a bunch of discount offers with the latest insurance bill, and I went on-line with them to rent a car for the Ireland trip.  Much filling out of on-line forms ensued so I could compare prices.  I'm going for a tiny car because a) there's just me and  Corey in it; b) I don't see a need to spend enormous amounts of money on a rental car; and c) I figure a smaller car will be easier to use in
unfamiliar places.

Ultimately, the various companies come with a few Euros of each other. However, Enterprise's site kept giving me a weird error message when I entered the code for the discount offer, though their rate was already competitive without it.  So I called them directly instead.  The agent on the phone said the discount wasn't valid overseas, but the rate she quoted me for renting a car was lower than the one the web site gave me.  I mentioned this and asked if all charges and taxes were included--insurance, for example.  She said they were, as far as she could tell.

Additionally, Enterprise's location is quite near the center of town, where my hotels will be.  I reserved the car.  I just hope there'll be no nasty  surprises waiting when I get there!
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After several days of web-surfing, e-mailing, and making phone calls to Ireland, I finally have hotel reservations in Dublin.  I need a hotel for the first two nights after I arrive and for the final two nights before I leave.
 
Finding these lodgings took a great deal of research.  I didn't want to stay in a fleabag, but neither did I want to fork out thousands of dollars.  Another requirement was that the hotel(s) needed to be within reasonable walking distance of the Temple Bar district.  These are nearly impossible requirements to fulfill.
 
I found a guest house I liked the look of.  The Eliza Lodge (http://www.dublinlodge.com/) has a wonderful location and decent prices for a single room.  I filled out their on-line reservation form and got a robot reply that said if I hadn't heard back in 36 hours, I should contact them.  The allotted time passed, so this afternoon while on my prep period at school, I called them (on my cell phone--it would be difficult to explain a call to Ireland from my classroom phone).  It turned out they had a computer crash right around the time I made my reservation and they never got it.  Unfortunately, they had no single rooms available for the dates I was was arriving.  Sigh.  But they =did= have a room available for the two nights before I was leaving.  Yay!
 
I made the reservation and asked for an e-mail confirmation.  When it came, I responded with a note to the effect that I'd like to be notified if they got a cancellation during the first part of my trip.
 
And then it was back to the web for more looking.
 
After much more surfing, reading of on-line reviews, and checking of maps, I finally settled on the Days Hotel of Parnell Street.  I was hoping to avoid staying at a chain hotel, but it was the most reasonable place I could find that was both clean and within walking distance of Temple Bar.  Made the reservation on-line and got the confirmation just now.  If the Eliza Lodge later tells me they have a room for me, I'll just cancel.
 
So my hotels are all set.  Now I just have to rent a car.
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Cairn L at Loughcrew is unique in all Ireland.  It's the only passage tomb with a pillar in the middle of the central room.  If you want to visit it, however, you have to get special permission from the Office of Public Works, and you have to have good reason (such as research).  This from the Lough's web site.  I tried e-mailing the people on the site to ask about getting permission, but the mail bounced.  Today, I called them.  The woman I talked to at the OPW said that although the OPW has a key to the cairn, I actually have to get permission from the landowner first.  She gave me his name.
 
"Do you have contact information for him?" I asked.  "Phone or e-mail?"
 
"I'm afraid not," she said.  "You can write him, though."
 
"Uh . . . do you have his mailing address?" I said.
 
She sounded a bit surprised.  "It's Lough Crew, County Meath."  Then she added as an afterthought, "Ireland, of course."
 
Ah.  It's one of =those= addresses.  You don't need a street name or house number when you live in a castle.
 
I wrote the landowner a letter introducing myself and giving my credentials.  It went into the mail yesterday.  We'll see if he responds.
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I spent most of yesterday evening tweaking the laptop with limited success.  I was hoping to find a way to transfer some larger files directly from my main computer to the laptop instead of via a flash drive, but the two computers won't talk to each other, so that was a bust.  I spent a fair amount of time surfing web sites about Ireland and leafing through some travel guides I bought and trying to decide exactly how best to spend my time there.

In Dublin, I "need" to visit:

--the Book of Kells at Trinity College
--a pub or three that plays music
--some music shops
--the National Museum
--the Dublin Writers Museum
--Dublin Castle
--Christ Church Cathedral
--O'Connell Street (site of the Easter Uprising)
--Temple Bar (which isn't actually a bar, but a district)

We'll see if I can squeeze all that in over two weekends, though I can drive back from the cottage to explore some more if I want.

Since I'm currently writing a book about Morrigan and want to write a book set in Ireland at the time of the Easter Uprising, this'll all be good stuff.  :)
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When I bought my plane ticket, Kala said, "Isn't it fun spending large chunks of money?"
 
I gave her a forced smile.  "Sure," I said.
 
It's weird.  I have a hard time spending large sums of money.
 
We got a much larger than expected tax refund, which is why I'm able to go to Ireland.  (That, and the Ghost Whisperer novel.  I love our accountant.)  For once, we have some money, and if I don't go to Ireland this year, I probably won't ever be able to go.  But when it comes time to shell out the cash to pay for the plane ticket and the cottage rent, I balk.
 
There are other things we should do with this, I find myself thinking.  I shouldn't.  It's not worth it.  And so on.
 
Never mind that every cent I'll spend will be deductible.  Never mind that I've been dying to do this for over fifteen years.  Never mind that I've often felt that large pieces of my life have led me to Ireland.  It's BAD to spend money like this.
 
I think it wouldn't take much to push me into becoming a miser.  I'm not one and don't want to be one, but there are times I swear you could throw one or two switches in my brain and I'd never spend a penny again.
 
Well, no one said human nature makes sense.

Loughcrew

Mar. 9th, 2008 11:57 am
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I've been researching Loughcrew, also known as Lough Crew.  I'm getting excited.
 
Loughcrew is one of the four main passage tombs in Ireland (Newgrange is the most famous of the others).  There are multiple cairns there, and they're rather isolated.  The tombs are a bit of a hike from the church and gardens associated with St. Oliver Plunkett, which were started in the 1500s.  The first cairn is about two kilometers away from the main gardens across "gently sloping ground," which I'm translating as "hilly, so wear good shoes and be in decent shape."  The other cairn, called Cairn T, is closer but is a "steeper" walk, which I'm translating as "pitons and a trusted shirpa."
 
But here's the cool part.  Cairn T is locked.  Now, Newgrange is not that far from Loughcrew (by American standards, anyway), and it tends to steal the tourist crowd away.  Because Loughcrew isn't that well know and doesn't get as many visitors, the park ranger will give you the key to the cairn in exchange for your passport or a E50 deposit.  You can go down there BY YOURSELF.  In fact, according to the web site, the entire POINT is to visit the cairn alone and enjoy it in solitude.
 
Wow.
 
So going there.
 
There's another cairn, called Cairn L.  The key to Cairn L is kept by the Office of Public Works, and they only release it to "those with an authentic research insterest."  Since I'm writing a book about Morrigan set in bronze age Ireland, I will be contacting them, you betcha.
 
This is going to be so cool.
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I booked my flight to Ireland today.

Detroit is, unfortunately, the hub for Northwest Air.  I loathe Northwest Air.  Every single time I've flown with them, something dreadful has
happened.  Flight delayed, problem with security, plane broke down, stranded on runway.  They also made the travel portion of our adoption trip a living hell.  Northwest Air, I've learned, also has one of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry.  And, of course, all the
less-expensive flights that go from Detroit to Dublin involve Northwest Air.

However, I found a flight with Delta Airlines.  It cost $100 more, but they also offered curb-side check-in.  I jumped on it.  Anything to avoid
Northwest Air.

Flight's booked.  I have e-tickets.  Although I'm a computer-age traveler, e-tickets still make me nervous.  I have trouble with the idea of showing up at the airport with nothing but my passport and a promise (though I take a printout of my receipt from Travelocity).

I'm leaving Wednesday, June 25.  I'll arrive the next morning, Thursday, June 26.  I'll stay in Dublin Thursday and Friday night (a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells is in order), then rent a car and drive to the cottage, which is near Fordstown in County Meath.  Fordstown is about 15 minutes away from Navan and about 41 kilometers away from Dublin.  I'll stay there for a week and visit Tara, Newgrange, the Abbey of Kells, Dumroe Castle, Ballinlough Castle, and Loughcrew, which is one of the big noelithic passage tombs.  We'll see what I can pull off.  It turns out County Meath has a web site that has a whole section on tourism, and I'm making full use.

The following Saturday, I'll return to Dublin, spend the rest of Saturday and Sunday, and fly back to Michigan on Monday.  The only annoying part so far is the four-hour layover in New York on the return flight.

I'll deal.  Anything to avoid Northwest Air.
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I'm sure it's the winter blahs doing their worst, but I'm seriously pining for my trip to Ireland.  I haven't done anything except sniff around on-line to see how much stuff costs (and whimper every time the Euro climbs against the dollar) because we're waiting for a couple of checks to arrive.  Once those come, I can start making reservations.  But in the meantime, I'm staring at photos and maps and playing Irish folk music on Corey.

I =have= made measurements of Corey's travel case and sent them to Jeff so he can start on a flight-worthy travel crate.

Meanwhile . . . wanna go.
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I'm doing it.  I'm going, and that's it.

I'm planning a trip to Ireland for this summer.

I've been wanting to visit Ireland for years and years.  One of my goals was to go before I turned 40.  Didn't make it.  The money was never there.  This spring, however, it will be, and if I don't go now, the chance may evaporate.  I'm grabbing it.

My plan is to board a flight to Dublin on a Wednesday, thereby arriving Thursday morning.  I'll spend Thursday and Friday in Dublin, seeing what I can while I recover from jet lag.  Saturday I'll rent a car and drive to a country cottage I'm planning to rent in County Meath.  I'll stay there for a week.  The place is equidistant from several things I want to see, including Newgrange and Tara and several other smaller things.  It's also within easy reach of Dublin if I want to go back there some more.  Once that's done, I'll go back to Dublin, spend one more night, and fly home.

It's not my dream trip, which would involve two weeks and a long tour of archaeological Ireland, but I'll take it.

I'm taking Corey with me.  My harp maker friend (found at http://www.lewiscreek.net/lc_home.htm ) is going to make a hard-sided travel case so Corey won't get smashed in transit.  I'm going to play Irish folk music in the Irish countryside, on Irish cliffsides overlooking the ocean, and in the center of standing stone circles.  (If I don't come back, forward my mail care of Tam Lin and True Tom.)  And oh yes--maybe even in a pub or two.

I'll be alone.  This is partly because we can't afford a family trip to Ireland, partly because I don't think the boys would really be interested (and I =know= Kala isn't interested), and mostly because I want to do in Ireland the things I've always wanted to do without worrying about other people getting bored.

This is going to be so cool.

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