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The Cliffs of Moher | October | 2012

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It was 5am, dark and foggy. I did not have enough to eat and was grumpy as we walked to our bus for the tour. The tour took us through different counties going through Limerick and out to the cliffs, down the western coast and then back through Kilkenny and then back to Dublin. It was a beautiful ride and misty most of the morning but then the sun was in full bloom. Once we got to the cliffs the view was spectacular and there was rolling green hills full of farm animals. Unfortunately most the people on the bus were not really interested in the scenery but our bus driver was very polite and full of history and antics. We were able to ask a lot of questions and learned a lot especially about the potato famine. I was actually very ignorant about what happened and how many people died during. At one point we did stop by a mass grave and it was very sad. I felt deeply moved by how much the driver to new about the history. And also how much how real he made the experience to us. As he made her way back from the cliffs through County Clare we went to some “smaller” lesser known cliffs. Here the people could walk out to the edge of the cliffs and the driver urged me to come right out to the edge. It was the first time that I had been scared in years! This area was where the driver grew up and said as a child they used to hop around on these cliffs. Let me stop to say that these cliffs are very high. Very. The Cliffs of Moher and the highest are 700 ft and these cliffs were at least a 400 ft drop. I felt prudish as I absolutely voiced my fear but jumping around on cliffs was not my idea of fun. At one point we did drive to the city where Barack Obama’s ancestors live. It was highly entertaining to us. As black Americans did not expect to see a café named after a black person in Ireland. But in their minds Barack Obama is Irish and they really appreciated the fact that he came to his ancestor city Moneygall and had a pint of Guinness. We were on our the last lengths of our trip and stopped in a small town. There we had the best seafood stew of our trip and also bought some seaweed products that have many different uses. I didn’t realize how seaweed was actually a part of the Irish tradition. Every day I’ve been discovering how ignorant I’m of Ireland. This is exactly why we are here. We got back late into the city and went out to eat a pretty famous restaurant in Dublin. The food wasn’t very good but I enjoyed the end of our day.

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