Today we woke up and went straight to O'Sullivan's bike shop in town to fix Mark's bike. The back cassette on the bike required replacement.
Charlie, Joyce, and I went searching for an ATM, and then off on the grocery store hunt. Since the beginning of this trip my daily hunger has doubled. I also have developed an addiction to ice cream. With these two new facts, I noticed that most grocery stores have an ice cream cone advertisement, about as tall as I am, standing outside of each store.
Found the cone – found the grocery store. Inside we purchased sandwiches for lunch, and beer and snacks for the day.
Now off for our new daily adventure:
First, we devoured the sandwiches, hence the photo above of Joyce :)
Second, we got onto the bike paths that we rode to get to the castle.
Third, we stopped at the Muckross Friary
-everything was built in “Skye” height, except for one hallway
-the middle of the building had a tree growing up through the middle, and a walkway all around
Fourth, we went to Muckross House
-while we were there we just strolled around the huge garden.
Fifth, we got back on the path and stopped at a beach on the way to the waterfall.
Sixth, the waterfall.
Seventh, back to Golden Nugget.
-Golden Nugget is a pub that we have spent almost every dinner at in Killarney.
-The people are friendly, the food is delectable, and it is not overrun by tourists.
While we were there, we ordered clam chowder and the three folks sitting next to us made a joke (too quiet for us to hear) about Americans. I guess we must have been eating really fast, but we were all starving for our well earned calories. I noticed that they were showing card tricks earlier in the night so I decided to go blow their minds. I borrowed their deck and earned myself a glass of wine from the group. Two of the three were from Germany, Andreas and Nicole. In town for work. The third, oddly enough, was the bike shop owner from the beginning of our day. He shared a few tricks and went home to the lovely wife. We stayed and drank beer/wine with Andreas and Nicole and had the chance to get to know the two.
Lesson of the day:
Learn another language, and respect people who have already done so.
Nicole, an amazing woman, spoke small amounts of English but continued to hold a conversation with me throughout the night. I appreciate how much effort she put into understanding me and helping me understand her. I never felt a strong desire to learn a new language until I was unable to speak German with Nicole. She has my full respect, and I will always be thankful for her helping me see the value in learning for others and not just yourself.