first of all, we jumped in the sea. and only if you don’t know me and have not talked to me in the past month would it be possible that you do not know that. so to start the day holly, daniel, me and laura all got awesome family passes and set out to [dun liri] to go jump in like awesome irish-peoples. they say it improves circulation and general health, and basically i was just humoring them because i thought it would be fun, not because 51 degree water sounds like an awesome way to combat my purple fingers and toes.
it’s a beautiful day, sunny and not requiring the gagillion layers that we had brought with us in our packs. it’s a gorgeous walk to the sea and find our little place (such lies) to go jump in. there’s a full out changing area (not enclosed, this is europe) and stairs to access getting in the water!
daniel gets in first, almost carried away by this crazy current at the bottom of the stairs – and then it comes to holly and me. i decide to…
go for it! and i swam some, maybe halfway out the the buoy. and it got cold fast. holly jumped in too, all the while laura documenting our adventures! she has, in my opinion, far too many pictures of me looking ridiculously cold. i did apparently look pretty pathetic when i got out, but did not require the hypothermic blanket that we brought along! (and earned the respect of the irishmen).
i was wrong to not believe their claims; we totally had amazing circulation from that point forward! awesome.
we had an amazing rest of the day, including seals, tea, waffles, much train riding, shopping and CHURCH FRY eating. also you know, we ate in a pub that was a church. but mainly they served church fries. almost changed my life. almost.
one last image i need to share with the internet world to complete our trip (it could be my new family, i.e. denny, or it could be the box of granola, or even our crazy long curtains in our room!)
but it is not any of those things. it is a picture of the door that is most likely still wet with paint. i barely touched the white paint and i was still finding it on parts of my arms and hands upwards of a week.