Aloha! We spent our last day on the tour traveling from Bundoran back to Dublin. It was another beautiful drive throughout the Irish countryside and through the city streets of Dublin. We walked around the city, stopping off to see Oscar Wilde's statue and meander through St. Stephen's Green Park.
We visited an the National Museum, which houses unique exhibits of ancient gold jewelry found in the peat bogs, and human remains (surprisingly intact) also uncovered in bogs, among many other Irish artifacts. We also toured the exhibit on the life of W.B. Yeats. to learn more about this prolific Irish poet. I love his poem, "When You are Old"
When you are old and grey and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book, and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace, and loved your beauty with love false or true, but one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, and loved the sorrow of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars, murmur, a little sadly, how love fled and paced upon the mountains overhead and hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
There were so many wonderful experiences on this trip, learning about the ecology, culture, and history of this beautiful country. So many ecological, political, and cultural influences have shaped the place and people that live here, and yet, the spirit of their culture lives throughout the many places we visited, and even in those of us who visited and connected there. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity to study abroad in Ireland. I hope that the connections we made will last a lifetime.
As a side note, while in Bundoran (in the pub) I purchased a five euro lottery to benefit the Bundoran GAA (Football) Club. Much to my surprise, upon my return home, I found out I won 50 euro! I donated it back to the club-Go Bundoran Football Club!