On Thursday, we had our last school visit, which was in Dunmore. All the kids gave us an amazing welcome; they sang several songs, told us about their county, and even did an Irish dance (: Sarah and I went to a second/third class and read them “Too Tall Houses”, which is a book about friendship. Then the class had plenty of questions for us about America and Frostburg, and even told us some places to visit while we were in Galway for the day! (They said we’re going to have to come back in July for the arts festival, sooo I’m not opposed to that..)
For lunch, we went to Patricks house, the current Irish GA. They treated so well, and were incredibly kind! We ate so much awesome food (including dessert!) and, again, it was great to have some relaxation time instead of always being on the go.
Then we walked around the streets of Galway, saw the Spanish Arch, and may or may not have done more shopping. We ate dinner in the city then headed back to Courtbrack.
Thankfully, today we got to sleep in a bit and didn’t leave until 10am to go to Adaire Village. This was a quaint town with nice shops and restaurants, plus a beautiful Abbey. We walked around and did some more shopping (you’d think we would get sick of shopping, wouldn’t you?) Hannah, Elle, Maryssa and I ate at a pub and all had the Irish dish of bangers and mash for one of our last meals here. After we got back to our rooms in the afternoon, we had some free time before the dinner party, so most of us walked down through limerick and visited the store Penny’s..just to kill some time (:
We then all got dressed up and headed to the Unicorn for our dinner with some of the past Irish GAs to celebrate an awesome visit here. When we got back, we gave each other paper plate awards, which are like giving a superlative or nickname based on getting to know them the past two weeks. Today was a great way to end a great trip!
I can’t believe we are leaving tomorrow, the days flew by! I am just so grateful for the opportunity to come on this trip, and it’s been an amazing experience. Not only did I learn so much for my future career, but I also enjoyed getting to know everyone that came and and seeing the beautiful sights that Ireland is known for (: