I have been in Northern Ireland for a little over a week now. It still doesn't feel real; Let alone, normal. I hope it never feels normal. (although when my alarm goes off in the morning every day it feels totally normal.) The Rhodes', the family that I am living with, have done a fantastic job showing me the sights and accomodating.
We all piled in and went to Benone Strand, one of the longest beaches in Northern Ireland, it's located at the bottom of a row of cliffs, one of which is home to the Mussenden Temple. It was outrageously windy the day we went and quite cold, but perfect weather to welcome me to Ireland.
Waiting out the rain under the bridge.
My scale photo. Massive cliffs, tiny humans.
Hi Temple! For those who didn't read the link above, the Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 as a library for the estate of the 4th Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry. VERY cool, and quite a bit unbelievable to see in person.
Then the sun came out for like 5 minutes!
After climbing and hiding behind a rock so we didn't get blown away or plasterred with sand, (which sadly I don't have a picture of because cameras and sandy wind don't mix well) we drove up to a viewing part of the cliff. (not of the temple, of the view below)
Another day I walked around the cute part of Derry on the City Side of the river. Derry is the only city on the island of Ireland that still has its entire wall, earning itself the nickname "The Walled City". Most of these pictures below feature snippets of the wall.
This is St. Columb's Cathedral, built in 1633. And it's rumored to have a friendly ghost. Full story here.
When I turned this corner (below) and saw the view, I stopped and laughed. Everywhere you turn there's something else beautiful waiting to be seen.
I have more pictures, but my tenchology (ancient computer) is failing me this week. Hopefully I'll be sharing more here soon.