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We're Traveling [Jul. 16th, 2008|02:31 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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We're going to Ireland really soon and will be there for about 10 days.

We'll initially be staying just west of Dublin (the BF is attending a Large Technical Conference), then IN Dublin, then in a castle, then in a couple of different B&Bs.

We are renting a car. Ireland appears to be smaller than New Jersey, so I'm not too daunted. Still, different country, different side of the road - it's all a bit intimidating. But we're both proficient drivers of standard transmissions, which hopefully means our worst wounds will be the bruising on our right hands from smackin' them into the window when attempting to shift.

I might take a day trip up to Belfast to research my ancestry. If my cousin ever delivers the goods on what I'm supposed to be looking up to my Dad so he can pass it along to me.

Anyway, suggestions? Recommendations? Disrecommendations? OH YOU MUST ideas?

Thank you!

[User Picture]From: r_ness
2008-07-16 08:24 am (UTC)
Derry. Great old walled city, and the best historical museum on the island.

Getting to sites early in the morning and driving to the next town in the afternoon was recommended to me as a good way of avoiding the tourist buses, both at the sights and on the roads, as they tend to drive in the morning and disgorge their loads for the afternoon. I haven't confirmed this personally.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-07-17 03:47 am (UTC)
Hmm. Interesting idea, but I'm not a morning person.

The whole thing will be... interesting.
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[User Picture]From: missionista
2008-07-16 10:25 am (UTC)
If you can, get to Clonmacnoise. It's about halfway between Dublin and Galway. it was my favorite place in Ireland.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-07-17 03:48 am (UTC)
Town? Castle? Province? Why was it your favorite?

I know you're in Japan, but if you have time, I'm really curious as we'll be driving all around that area.
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From: tb
2008-07-16 11:56 am (UTC)
Never been to Ireland, but we've driven in the U.K and (Old) Jersey. Harder than driving on the left (well, except through roundabouts) was that most of the roads are really narrow, often between stone walls. I'm guessing Ireland will be similar. There's pretty much no margin of error, even with the generally-smaller cars; watch out for your passenger-side mirror. Also, mixing up the turn signals and wipers is annoying.

It sounds fab. Enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-07-17 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll probably make the BF do the driving - he's got a good sense of his edges.
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[User Picture]From: waider
2008-07-16 05:00 pm (UTC)
(a) Ireland is not as small as it looks, in the main because the roads are, in places, not actually roads, but sort of ploughed-up tarmac. Even the ones marked "National Route"
(b) if your trip occurs between July 19th and August 2nd, I will not be in residence. Outside those dates, ping me if you wish and we can do the whole "didn't see you since New Mexico, 1995" dance. This isn't mandatory, it's just a suggestion.
(c) I never did find my newt-with-the-sucker-on-the-bottom.
(d) got more specifics on the locations? I might be able to provide suggestions.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-07-17 03:59 am (UTC)
(a) Yeah, I kinda figured. But when you live in America, with the distances we face going to the next state over, the idea that you could possibly get across another country in 2-3 hours is pretty amazing.
(b) It does overlap those dates, but goes beyond. I would be delighted to see ya. You can catch me via email at kjc, upon the domain known as postdiluvian dot org, as I do not think I have an email address for you.
(c) Damn! You want me to find you another one? It won't be New Mexican, of course. Actually, is there any particular American junk that you want?
(d) I'll dig them up. The BF has mostly finalized our itinerary, but hasn't yet shared the details. It mostly centers on Dublin, Sligo, the Dingle Peninsula, and possibly Galway, with a lot of messing about in between. Apparently the south is booked solid, it being tourist season and all.

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