25 06 2013

We’ve been home for a few days now and have had some time to reflect on our adventure in Ireland.  Unfortunately, much of our reflection time happens at about 3:30 am; we are having a hard time getting over jet lag.

We have much to be grateful for and many memories to treasure. First, a big thank you to our Camino/Concordia University friends for dreaming up a tour of the high holy crosses. Ireland would not have been so high on our list of places to explore if it wasn’t for their encouragement to go. It was so good to deepen some friendships and make new ones.  We also learned a great deal about early Christianity in Ireland, about their political history and how the two are woven together and affect the lives of the Irish in their day-to-day lives.

Ken stumbled upon the Iron Donkey touring company during an internet search.  I’m sure it was a God-thing. Our tour guide, Wilma, was so helpful and pulled together a wonderful tour for us.  She sent us to places we would not have thought of on our own, made sure we had good places to rest at the end of the day and even kept track of us while we were travelling.

Finally, we have to thank the Irish people.  Wow!  I can only hope travelers to Canada can say we, as a people, are as helpful and friendly as those we came in contact with in Ireland.

A small part of us will remain on the Emerald Isle.

My favourite picture, this may end up as a poster, hanging in our house.

My favourite picture, this may end up as a poster, hanging in our house.




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