East Point Lighthouse in southern New Jersey. This past weekend (10/18-19), there was a lighthouse challenge. I took this photo on a separate visit in ‘12, but am hoping to stop here again and other lighthouses for a future challenge event in the state.
I saw this horse on the way from Connemara National Park to Galway. The bus trip out west was such a great way to finish up my time in Ireland! I’ve been blogging about each day’s excursions on WordPress, which is why I haven’t been on here daily. At this point, I’m just going to write about preparing to leave and the flight back to Philadelphia, with some tips I learned for future international travel.
Celtic knotwork detail on a wall in Galway.
Blogging Ireland, Travel Goals
Working on WordPress blog posts about my trip to Ireland; still have a few more days worth of sightseeing to cover. But I love writing about travel and I’m hoping to see other countries sometime as well.
Some of my favorite photos taken in Dublin, Connemara and Galway.
An Irish castle’s name
The ruins of a castle I caught a glimpse of from the bus I was on, heading for Galway along M6 from Dublin. In the same area, same side of the motorway, was a moon phases sculpture. Wondering its name and history, I tried a few different ways to find out more. Finally found out the name by using Google Maps and typing “castle” in the search. Little pins displayed, showing many castles throughout Ireland. I knew the general area where I saw this one, based on the sculpture’s location. Turns out to be Rattin Castle. Glad to learn its name and some history, because I was hoping to do so before an upcoming meeting, reflecting on the trip with others who traveled to Ireland. It’s something extra to share.
My trip to Ireland is just a couple of days away now, so I have a lot to do to finish getting ready. I’m probably not going to be posting until I’m back and have photos to share. The trip is partly academic, so along with some leisure days, I’ll also have some reading to do for class meetings in Dublin. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this first international travel experience! By the way, the photo is one I took at a renaissance faire in N.J. a few years ago; fitting, because I love Ireland!
International Travel Gear
Just a few items I bought for my trip to Ireland:
- Cord Wrappers
- Anti-Theft Bag
- Converter for charging gadgets
- iPad keyboard with case
- Wrinkle-free business casual attire
- TSA Luggage Locks
- Luggage Tags
I still have more things to buy and an overall to-do list to finish taking care of and, in less than two weeks I’ll be on my way. Can’t wait to see the sights of Dublin and the Irish countryside!
Some Ireland travel guides recommended by staff at the trip meeting; one staff member said that the Oscar Wilde book was bought at the Trinity College gift shop. I’ll definitely be stopping by there while in Dublin!
Ireland Trip Info
Just a few more days until my global studies Ireland trip meeting, then it won’t be long before I leave for Dublin!