Guest Post by Scott.

Alas, our last full day in Ireland was today, but it was a great day. We spent a few hours of the morning in and around downtown Dublin before our bus departed for Glendalough, home of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The ride to the park was beautiful as we saw the rolling hills and grassy plains of the Irish countryside, full of sheep, horses, and cows. The scenery we saw today was much more accurate to the images that come to my mind when I think of Ireland and was a nice escape from the bustling city of Dublin. On our wilderness hike around the park, we saw waterfalls, lakes, sheep, and good ol’ Irish wilderness.

Returning to Dublin later this evening, we had pizza at a place in the Temple Bar part of town. Temple Bar is a foot-traffic only part of downtown Dublin with small shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. I had a chicken and pesto pizza, which really hit the spot. It reminded me of the chicken and pesto pizzas I used to get all the time at Schlotzke’s Deli when there was one in Grand Rapids. It is sad to be typing this blog entry as I know we will be leaving Ireland tomorrow morning, but it has been a great trip. Ireland is a country I could definitely see myself visiting again.

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