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(Old) Magical Mystery Tour: Days Five and Six (Lake District)

(Originally posted on June 2, 2012)

What’s this? I’m actually attempting to update and catch people up on stuff?? Madness!

Day Five we checked out of the hostel and caught a cheap bus to Carisle. The drive was lovely, and I finished Mrs. Mike, which was great and made me cry a little. I might pick up the companion book[s?] if I get the time. Anyway, so we got to Carisle and hopped on a 15 minute train into Penrith. We hung around McDonald’s for about an hour waiting for our next bus. In my defense, this is only the second time I have entered a McDonald’s in my entire time abroad. Plus they had cheap drinks…Continue Reading

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(Old) Rambling Through the Avenues of Time

(Originally posted on May 28, 2012)

Posting this separate from the update on the days because it’s in an entirely different tone and probably deserves its own entry. More typical travel entries tomorrow.

We walked out of the play arm in arm. The lake was before us, with the mountains behind, all the purple shades of blue in the dusk. There was a green hill where the sheep, lambs and geese were grazing, some silhouetted against the sky. Wisps of cloud were overhead, pink and yellow. It was all so beautiful, and quiet, and peaceful. The air was fresh and cold. I felt alive, and healthy, and happy. I loved the lake and the mountains and…Continue Reading

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(Old) Magical Mystery Tour: Days One-Four (York and Hadrian’s Wall)

(Originally posted on May 27, 2012)

So my travels with my mom are going to be called Magical Mystery Tour, after the Beatles song. Now that that’s figured out, let me attempt to sum up the past several days.

Day One happened the very same day I saw Mary Cate off. After waiting in the train station and enjoying cheap internet, I got on a bus and made my merry way down to Heathrow. There was some confusion between online info and correct info, so I had to scramble to get to the right terminal. However, I made it in good time, especially since my mom’s flight was delayed. At last she arrived, and there were hugs…Continue Reading

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(Old) Everything Out the Window

(Originally posted on May 27, 2012)

Mom and I have just arrived in Keswick, a smallish town in the Lake District. I’m going to catch up on the days we’ve spent traveling (I swear I am! probably tonight). But right now, I just want to describe everything I can see.

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(Old) WitMMM: Day Thirteen (Lisdoonvarna and Travel)

(Originally posted on May 23, 2012)

Yesterday we got up in a leisurely way. The hostel lady had arranged for Mountain View (the horseback riding place) to pick us up, which was a huge relief. We’d signed up for the two hour experienced rider trek, which would have views of the Cliffs of Moher and a lot of Burren country.

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(Old) WitMMM: Days Eleven and Twelve (Galway and Cliffs of Moher)

(Originally posted on May 21, 2012)

(Yesterday…)

We had a fantastic, amazing breakfast at a recommended place in Kinsale. Pancakes to die for. The bite I traded for of Mary Cate’s bacon was amazing, too. Then we caught the bus to Cork, and managed to catch the bus to Galway with no problems. These were both pretty nice (and surprisingly fast) rides. I’m in the depths of Mrs. Mike now, so I hardly noticed time passing. In Limerick, we were planning to just stay on the bus, but our driver pointed us in the direction of a direct bus that was about to leave. We caught this one with no problems, and arrived an hour earlier than…Continue Reading

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(Old) WitMMM: Day Ten (Kinsale)

(Originally posted on May 20, 2012)

(Yesterday…)

After a few mishaps (and a breakfast of grocery donuts), Mary Cate and I boarded the Road Rail for a tour of Kinsale and trip to Charles Fort. Cheesy Celtic music played while we waited to take off (some of which sounded suspiciously like Gardens of Time). As Mary Cate said, “This is probably the most touristy thing we’ve done the entire trip.” I replied, “That’s not that bad, actually.”

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