Rugby: The match was great! Actually, the first half was pretty slow as far as rugby goes, but it was the first match I had ever been to, so the excitement of that made up for it. Rugby’s wonderful though. I’m typically not much of a sports person, but I’m starting to think that’s just because none of our sports back home are all that exciting to watch. Sorry America, but rugby beats your football hands down! Football involves way too many time outs and too much standing around. Rugby never stops. If there’s a tackle, they keep fighting through it and pass the ball to someone outside of the tackle so it all keeps going. I had a great time, and I’m hoping to go see another match before I leave.
Ocean Cliffs: Sunday I went on a trip with the outdoor pursuits club. We were supposed to go rock climbing at the burren. We bussed all the way there, but it was raining and the rocks were too slick to climb, so we went to Kilkee instead, which is a really cute little town on the Atlantic Ocean. There are amazing ocean cliffs just outside the town, so we went on a hike up those and then went back to the town to hang out in the pubs and watch a Gaelic football match (also an amazing sport).
Which brings me to…
The Drunk Prophet: My friend Kelsey and I found a pub and settled in to watch the match. The two teams were Cork and Down, and we were cheering for Cork because that’s where her roommate was from. The pub was really friendly, and they gave everyone free appetizer plate of sausages and fries. A man at the bar had stepped outside to smoke when the appetizers came around, so we shared ours with him and migrated to the bar to talk to him. My guess of his age is that he was in his 60’s, just to give you some context. He was really friendly and thanked us for the appetizers. Then he started telling us all about our lives. Apparently, he can tell by Kelsey’s face that she belongs in Ireland, and that she’ll wind up here someday. I, on the other hand am an “American girl” (his words), and I’ll have a great trip, but then I’ll go back home. Kelsey’s “unhappy” and needs to travel the world to find her happiness, whereas I’m satisfied and will get married and settle down and have a family. Apparently Kelsey’s not the family type, because she’d be much better off traveling and singing (and winding up in Ireland of course). We had a lot of fun talking to our “prophet” and probably even more fun telling stories about him later!
Jumping: Out at the barn on Monday I jumped higher than I ever have before. It was terrifying at first, but by the end of it I was feeling a bit more confident, and it was actually really fun. I might get addicted by the end of this trip… My horse, Tough Guy, is really good for me, because even though I don’t have a lot of jumping experience, he most certainly does, and he got me through it.
Until next time,