Phew so much to update on. Good thing I’m a veritable ball of energy right now thanks to all my conflicting emotions! Anyways Saturday Madeline and I went to Torc waterfall for a hike. But, first we stopped of at Muckross House to find the rock tunnel John showed us awhile ago. It was even mor fun with just two of us on a gloomy day. In some parts I couldn’t see in either direction. And Madeline freaked me out by claiming every shadow was a person hiding in there. Our hike around Torc was great, although I never want to see another rock stair in my life. I swear we climbed about a thousand of them. The views were definitely worth it!
On Sunday I went for another hike. We finally got to go on the boat trip with John! We piled into boats that held an ‘Irish 12’ (aka 13 or 14). They kinda looked like extended wooden fishing boats. The trip itself was about an hour and a half and really amazing. We travelled through all of the Killarney lakes and got stunning views of the surrounding mountains. We stopped of at Lord Brandon’s cottage to have a quick lunch before starting on the hike part. Of all the hikes I’ve been on it was definitely the flattest (meaning I wasn’t nearly as sore.) It was the longest though at 13 km, we got more amazing views and stopped at a waterfall where all us students skipped stones and waded around. It was a great hike, but kind of bittersweet because it will likely be our last with John.
On Monday it was back to school, only a couple of weeks left! We found out that we made around 900 Euros with our bake sale and table quiz, which is super awesome. We’ve also got everything sorted for our school tour to Cappanlea on Friday.
It’s hard to believe its less than two weeks until my study abroad experience is over. I go from super excited and full of energy at the thought of going back to Minnesota to close to tears with a huge pit in my stomach at the thought of leaving. Not much sleeping or studying is getting done with all this emotion!