Unfortunately, my time in Limerick, Ireland has come to a close, but we did have one last excursion before our exams and the long trek back to the States. This excursion was an overnight trip to the Aran Islands– more specifically, the island of Inis Oírr (Inisheer). The three Aran Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, are one of the most gorgeous places to go.
Inisheer is almost like walking straight in old Ireland with the farming lifestyle and all. We stayed in a gorgeous bed and breakfast and set out to explore the island. With only three pubs and two shops that were run out of the local’s homes, there wasn’t much to do but explore. And that we did.
First we took a horse drawn carriage tour around the island, but after that, a few of us went to explore the rest that the tour didn’t cover. We followed wherever the road took us and ultimately found the rocky shore to the Atlantic.
Later, the beach was the place to be, and we saw a dolphin close the shore! I was unable to get a good picture of this dolphin, but heard a story from the locals about it.
The story goes like this:
There was a dolphin named Dusty that hung around the ferry in Doolin that goes to Inisheer. She liked to follow the ferry and play in the waves created by the boat. Now, Dusty has migrated to Inisheer’s shore and was renamed to Sandy. She is much more wary of visitors and is really only willing to play or come around the locals.
The sunset took place closer to 11 PM, which is unreal to me since the sun sets near 9 PM back home. Ireland seems to like have a never setting sun and I’m okay with that.
The next day, we left at noon to go to the Cliffs of Moher. I decided to represent my home University of Nebraska – Lincoln while there. The cliffs were magnificent to look at, especially on this partly cloudy day. When the weather is nice, you can see the cliffs extensively but when the weather isn’t so nice, the fog/mist rolls in, making it much harder to get a nice view.
Confucius said “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” I left for Ireland with all my heart, and I definitely left part of it back in Ireland. This country has been everything I have ever wanted. I wish I could stay longer or even live here. The weather, although rainy at times, was perfect, never getting above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Being back in the States is weird and Ireland is still calling my name. One day, I will be back for you, my Emerald Isle. I will be back for your 40 shades of green, extensive countrysides, and breathtaking skies.
To sign off from my travels, in Irish: ó Éirinn, Bridget is ainm dom agus slán agat. (From Ireland, my name is Bridget and good-bye).