You’ll be thankful to know we’ve reached the end of the trip! Here are just a few random photos to wrap it all up.
For the first few days we were there, Steve worked with Roger and others at the radio station. One specific job he had was coming up with new jingles for the station. They had a brainstorming session one night. Travel Buddy and I went along and it was fun to watch.
(Note the traditional Irish didgeridoo.) (That was a joke. )
Ah, here’s a traditional bodhran. Yes, we came home with one. They’re so cool.
Steve tries out the bouzouki (traditional to Greek music and similar to the mandolin).
Two parts to the next story:
1. In our rental car, we had a gps system and, as always, we picked our British friend, Jane. You know her?
2. There were no four-way stop signs – everything was a roundabout. So you came up to the roundabout, yielded to the person on your right, then went when there was nobody coming…and tried frantically to find the right exit off the roundabout.
Now combine the Brit Jane and the roundabouts, and you’ll get our most oft-repeated thing from Ireland: “Take the second exit at the roundabout.” Or, our personal favorite: “Turn left and board ferry.” A ferry, Jane? No other warning but that? (It was a little five minute ferry across the river.)
Just for you:
And, the most often asked question we get: “Did it rain a lot?” Nope. Not a drop. Nada. Nothing. It’s a lie. Like leprechauns! It rained the very last day we were there. That was it.The night before we left, I went outside the hotel and stood in the Irish rain, just to soak up the memories. And we took a picture just to prove that we did see drops:
And that was that. The end. I’ll skip the details of the three hour flight delay that extended our layover to seven hours long. I’ll skip the Travel Buddy throwing up thing, I’ll skip the fact that the in-flight entertainment system broke, so everybody talked the entire flight home and the little kids sitting beside us screaming… Yep. I figured it was our punishment for having such a great trip!
Again, if you have extra money laying about and want to help support the work at the station, consider giving a one-time (or on-going) gift to Roger Basick, care of HCJB:
PO Box 39800
Colorado Springs, CO 80949-9800. They are moving over there in June and could use your support.