When someone thinks of Ireland what do you think of? I know when I first started thinking about Ireland I thought about rural farm lands, stone walls, and castles. The past two weekends these thoughts came true. After traveling to the Dingle Peninsula, Aryan Island, and Cliffs of Moher, it was like what someone would expect from a movie. There is so much difference when traveling around Ireland than when traveling in the United States. In Ireland sure you can have a tour and follow a group but if not you are on your own. There are no real park rangers or anyone to tell you what you can or cannot do. At the Cliffs of Moher you can get as close to the cliffs edge as you want. So many people were sitting there, hanging off the edge and nobody said a word. I am thinking, wow these people are crazy. Sure there are signs that say be careful and what not but it just seems so relaxed. There are no walls or barriers to stop people or rangers to say watch it. I am not sure how many deaths there are per year but I am sure there have to be some. After getting over that fear of falling though, man it was a beautiful sight. It was amazing just looking down at the cliffs and seeing the ocean. The Cliffs of Moher is a definite must see if you travel to Ireland. After the Cliffs of Moher, our group took a weekend trip to the Dingle Peninsula. This was perfect, small town rural Ireland. We stayed in a small town and it is exactly what I pictured it would be like in my head. At the Dingle Penninsula our group traveled and saw many great things. The biggest difference between Ireland and United States lies within the grave. In the United States most people get their own coffin and grave, or get cremated. In Ireland, an interesting fact is that families get buried together. Sure some get cremated still but most are buried with parents. For example, when a husband and wife die, they get buried together in the same grave, with a shared head stone. If an unmarried child dies, the Irish dig up the grave and put the child with the parents and they all share the head stone. If the son goes off and gets married then he may start a new grave/ headstone if he is no in the same town as the parents. Yes, there are special circumstances for some people and wishes do get protected but it is very different. There are graves that may share a family of 5 who all died at the difference times. These are just some of the cool things that can be learned on these excursions but it is just great. It is pure awesomeness learning about a new culture.
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