We started off today (day four if you’re counting!) with some Irish music on the bus. Emma taught us the basics for writing a popular Irish song: “Someone should definitely die, we love a song with some death in it,” she said. “Also, try to put in as many names and names of places as possible—anyone who is from that place or with that surname will cheer. Then, you’ve got a popular song!”
Our first walk of the day was through the Burren, the “lunar landscape” of western Ireland. The vegetation here is very special because of the area’s unique history and location. Because of the jet stream, the climate is warm enough year-round to support plants of arctic, alpine and Mediterranean origin.
We saw plenty of livestock on our walk, including cows, known as “the custodians of the Burren.” Their gentle grazing keeps the earth fertilized and the grass closely cropped, just the way the little wildflowers like it.
For lunch, we stopped at a traditional pub in Kilfenora. I opted for the bacon and cabbage. Most people may associate corned beef with Irish cuisine, but bacon is the more traditional accompaniment to the stewed cabbage.
Our last stop of the day was at the legendary Cliffs of Moher. These dramatic seaside cliffs are 700 feet high and extend five miles. They’re also the second highest sea cliffs in Ireland, and the country’s most visited natural attraction. They’ve been featured in many movies, including one of my favorites, “The Princess Bride” (where they are aptly referred to as the ” Cliffs of Insanity”).
Next up, we’re heading to Killarney. Stay tuned for more, dear readers!
– Jessie R., Editor