It's my last blog post from Ireland. Everything is packed, dishes done, suitcase weighed. I had to donate a bag of clothes so I would have enough room and weight allowance to bring home two fifths of whiskey. True story.
Today I went in to Ennis to do some last-day shopping. I stopped at a thriftstore and got two pairs of used, but in good condition, Converse for 10 Euro! And then I went to a few other stores to grab some gifts.
I stopped in at the Clare Museum, and what a cool exhibition, all about the history of the County Clare. I was talking to one of the staff there and he told me that the guy that created or engineered submarines has a sub in Portland, and we figured out it must be the one at OMSI. So now I'm going to have to go check that out.
After I finished at the museum, I drove about 45 minutes to have oysters at Moran's Cottage. And it was worth the drive! Six wild oysters on the half shell, and the Moran seafood special later, I was pretty full. I headed out and noticed a swan in the weir, so I parked the car and walked over to take some pictures of it. Turned back around and there was a little seal looking right at me. I missed my photo op of the seal thanks to a big truck going by.
I decided to round out the day with an Irish coffee from Jack B. Yeats pub in the Lady Gregory Hotel. I don't do much drinking when I'm out and about because I'm the only driver. But this seemed like a good idea. And it was. I drove home and had a beautiful sunset.
I can't even say how much I love this place. The wild beauty, the people, the varying landscapes, the animals. It's touched me deeply in my soul and I can see myself coming back over and over and over again. There is so much more I want to see and do. I've come to love Ireland in a way I did not expect. It's like I found a missing piece of me.
I'll be back in the States tomorrow night, stopping off in SF to spend a day and a half there, and then on to La Quinta/Palm Springs area. Who knows what adventures await! This has been brilliant. I could not have had a more perfect stay.