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CHS Junior - Student Columnist
By Stephanie Madden

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I have awoken to the second last leg of my trip in Ireland, and I have to say, I am sad to leave my family, but eager to get back to normality again. For the past three weeks I have met a lot of people, mostly family, half of whom I have not seen since I was “this big...”. The trip will end where I started it, in Dublin, and I will be flying out early in the morning in two days. For now we are spending the day and night in Castlebar, where I will be enjoying one of my last real Irish dinners for a long time.

As well as food, I enjoyed seeing many beautiful sights, such as the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are a great tourist attraction in Ireland, and are really a great stop if you want to mix the countryside with the water. The cliffs overlook the Atlantic Ocean from which you can see O’Brien’s Tower standing tall on the edge of the cliffs.

Our first stop was a picnic of sandwiches and treats on the beach in county Clare, which was extremely enjoyable, because we had wonderful weather, which was unexpected but very welcome. While it was raining everywhere around us we sat on the rocks and enjoyed watching the waves come in, and even saw some brave swimmers attempt to splash around in the freezing water.

After enjoying the beach we headed to the Cliffs of Moher boat tour, where we enjoyed some more food and had a good look at the surrounding countryside before embarking. The boat ride was a bit rocky, but we had a great time, and were able to go very close to the cliffs. It really was beautiful to see the seagulls soaring around the cliffs because it demonstrated how high the cliffs really were. The people at the top looked like little ants, and from our view it looked as if the were standing right at the edge of the cliffs. Most likely due to the aggressive waves some of the people on our boat were sea sick, but luckily I was not one of those few. I spent my time on the boat looking out at the wonderful view and feeling the strong wind and waves splash up on my face.

We also drove up to the visitor center and decided to get out and see the cliffs from the top. After walking up what felt like hundreds of steps we finally reached the top, and looked right down into the water we had just been sailing around in. It turns out we were not able to look over the cliffs edge, but that suited me just fine, because I would rather not fall into the freezing water.

Overall the cliffs were a great way to finish our trip, and see a great tourist attraction. For the past few days we have been traveling around and meeting old friends and family, and eating a lot. Although I had a great time, I have become a bit homesick for Texas, and look forward to getting back to hot weather and outdoor pools. So this is me signing out from Ireland, hoping that the Emerald Isle will miss me as much as I will sometimes miss the cold weather.


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