Friday evening in Dingle was the most fun I’ve had on my own. I went to a pub called Dick Mack’s, traditional Irish with cosy snugs, wood paneling, and raucous locals. Everyone was very friendly and I had some good conversation with the bartender and some others, then I met a kind older British gentleman named Peter, who was also a writer. We had a good chat, then realized we were both going to a restaurant, John Benny’s, to see a band called Lumiere play. They are two Irish women, and absolutely stunning singers! Apparently they play every Friday evening, and Peter and I found seats front and center. It was nice to have a little company and some music before heading to Kenmare Saturday.
Kenmare is another lovely little tourist town on the West coast, in the middle of the Kerry mountains, which are more like rolling green hills to me but the Irish are proud of them as mountains. Kenmare is a great place to stroll around, have some tea, and walk a few minutes outside the town to take in the scenery. At the end of the town is the largest stone circle found in Ireland…I was geeking out a bit at the thought of seeing a real stone circle “in the wild.” For those of you who are wondering, I did hear humming. 😉 I sat for awhile in the stones and did some good writing, and got a few minutes there without any tourists. It is definitely a little interesting to me to be traveling at such high tourist season; I’m not used to it! I stayed at this B&B owned by a man named Tom, who said he has lived there for thirty years. He cooks a great Irish breakfast!
I’m now here in Wexford and enjoying another side of Ireland yet again: non-touristy, working people who enjoy good craic and love life. I’m staying with a friend of Claire’s, Jess, and she took me to her local pub and introduced me to some really fun people. We had a grand time listening to music and chatting away. I’m picking up some of the Irish “isms,” I’ll have to start incorporating them into my everyday speech. As the people in Wexford say, “That’s totally class.”
The farther south you go the thicker the accent gets, people in Kenmare were incredibly difficult to understand! Everyone is patient though, and tries to slow down a little bit. I’m starting to understand the accent more and more, and am beginning to use some of the speech patterns, which I already kind of used before, but are now much more pronounced!
I can’t believe that only have a few more days in this country. I’m thinking perhaps it is a good thing that Jacob did not come with me as I’m looking forward to seeing him, and therefore do not have a solid reason to never return to the States. This journey has been completely memorable in so many ways.
Oh! And today it rained. Ireland is back to normal. So finally, I felt some Irish rain on my face.