Friday, May 25, 2012

La brea ata ann

That would be Gaelic for its a lovely day. It seemed appropriate considering that today and yesterday were incredibly beautiful! Yesterday we left Galway for Killarney but visited some gorgeous sites on the way. The most notable being the Cliffs of Moher. Stunning. There are simply no words. The weather was warm and breezy and ideal for the moderate hike up. To add to the already ethereal feeling, there was a harpist playing at the base. Today we visited the Killarney Park through the Ring of Kerry. The entire country seems to be one big scenic painting and every place is a prime photo opportunity. The purposes of our scenic travels over these past few days is to show the students alternative countries' natural parks and other areas. This shows the natural reources of a country and how they can quickly become restricted or limited. The students, having just presented on these topics, we're able to view see environmental preservation in relevant, yet different locations. These visits tie the content of the capstone course back to the information dispersed during meetings throughout the spring semester. Tomorrow we head off to our last stop, Dublin. Needless to say, everyone is excited for the change of scenery that comes with the largest city of any country. With this last stop many students are reflecting on the approach of the end of the trip. Some are excited to head back to the US. Others never want to leave. Still others are heading off to other countries in the European Union (because travel from country to country here is insanely cheap). Regardless of where everyone ends up, there is an overwhelming love for the places we have visited (especially Ireland).

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