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I’m off to Ireland!

I’ll be flying out to Ireland tonight.  This time I’m headed to Limerick – home of a few highly exceptional human beings that I’ve befriended over the course of the past 8 years.  This will be my third time visiting the country, and I’m just as excited as I was the first time I traveled there when I was 15.  I’ve taken a somewhat risky approach to this trip.  I spontaneously booked the flight back in May, not giving the how or the why too much thought.  I just made sure that I had a way to get there and decided that I’d figure out the rest of the planning later on.   I’m traveling solo this time around, but it shouldn’t be all that bad since I’ll be meeting up with several people once I’m out there.

Two weeks ago I realized I should probably come up with a plan, so I did a bit of research and booked myself a hotel at the George Boutique Hotel in downtown Limerick.  From what I can tell it seems like a pretty nice place.  Four stars, free wifi, my own private shower, and air conditioning.  Nice for Europe, right?

For the first night I’ve decided to scare myself a bit.  I made a reservation at a hostel in the city of Galway – Ireland’s "culture capital".  I’ll be sharing a room with 5 strangers.  It only cost me 20 euros for the night.  I could have afforded a real hotel but I thought staying there could be an interesting experience.  The plan is to wander the city Monday night and maybe stop in a pub or two for some traditional Irish music and a few drinks.   I’m looking forward to taking a lot of pictures while I’m there.  Check this link sometime Monday night and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of me checking in.

Tuesday morning I meet up with my brother and the boy scouts from Troop 3 in Derby.  They’ll be coming into Galway from Dublin sometime in the afternoon.  I’m hoping to take a ride with them back to Limerick, but I’ll have to whether or not their driver will allow it.

That night I’ll be back in Limerick for a cookout with Troop 3 and a group of scouts from Limerick.  I’ll get to see a bunch of old friends that I met the first time I traveled to Ireland back in ’99.  Some of whom actually let me stay in their homes during the 3 weeks that I was out there and went out of their ways to show me the country.

The rest of the week is up in the air, but I know it’ll be a great experience.

I’ll be posting daily updates while I’m out there, along with pictures and videos.  I’ll also try to be on the webcam at night after 9PM eastern time, so if you’re interested in chatting with me go over to the "cam" section and click on the hourglass at the bottom of the screen.

That’s all for now.  Next update will be from Galway sometime Monday night.