St. Patrick's Cathedral
We left the hostel and boarded a ferry to cross the Irish Sea to the Republic of Ireland. The ferry was really nice. It was much bigger than the Vineyard and Block Island Ferries that I have been on. There were shops and restaurants on board and plenty of places to walk around. Although I will say that walking was quite a challenge with the boat swaying so much.
When we landed on the other side we went through customs and onto lunch. We ate traditional Irish stew which wasn’t too bad. After lunch we convinced Jacob to work in some shopping time since no one had really bought anything yet.
He was reluctant but eventually let us have about 20 minutes in one store. We then had a coach tour of Dublin. It was frustrating for me because it is so hard to take pictures out of the bus window and I barely learned anything because it all went by so fast. We did manage to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church, Trinity College and the Guinness Brewery. We ditched the scavenger hunt we were supposed to have and did a little more shopping. Jon, Lori and I took advantage of the fact that we were only going to be in Dublin for 30 more minutes and popped into a pub.
From there we went to meet our homestay family.
Our mom’s name is Mandy and the dad is Phalum. They have two children, Katie who is five and Cathal (don’t ask me to pronounce it) who is nine. The parents are great. Their house is very nice. Right away they told us to take our lanyards off and made us feel at home. Dinner was lasagna and it was heaven! The family let us check our email and Mandy even wanted to be our facebook friends! They asked us what we wanted to do and of course we wanted to go out to a pub. They dropped us off at Shakers and told us they would collect us later. We were having a great time for ourselves when Mandy showed up and told us that one of our students had called and wasn’t feeling well. I volunteered to go check on him. Well maybe volunteered isn’t the word. Luckily nothing was serious and I was able to go back to the pub. Mandy came in to have a drink. Lori and Jill had made friends with some locals. One in particular had taken to Lori. He was making fun of our accents and trying to get our “mobile number”. Haha!
The only double door made for the queen