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AASL 2013

November 12th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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It only happens every other year, but the American Association of School Librarians’ Annual Conference is this week.

So, why go?

Obviously traveling and lodging and food for a national conference doesn’t come cheap and often school districts are not able to fund it.

So, why go?

There is the time away from students and staff which is always important.

So, why go?

So much Professional Development and resources can be found online.

So, why go?

Here’s why I go:

1.) Energy – there is just something about being in a confinded space with thousand of your peers who get and understand the job you do each and every day.  It is rejuvenating.  The conversations and networking are invaluable as you look at taking your library forward.

2.) Focus Time – Sometimes just that opportunity to really focus on growing professionally while not having to worry about the confines of time and everything going on back home.  It allows my brain to really focus.  Every time I come back with a new list of what I can take to my library and I’ve had time to think about how we might implement them.

3.) Variety all in one place – Sure you can attend a webinar here or there, but they generally just cover one topic and it may not be when you need that information.  The AASL conference covers so many different topics and there are all there right in one place.

4.) Vendors – I really like taking some time to wander through the vendors, talk with them, see their products first hand as I think about spending my budget.  I think it really allows me a chance to see if there is a local rep I might want to meet with later or what things new things might be out there I need to investigate further.

5.) Support the profession.  The AASL Conference is one of the ways that AASL is funded and they use those resources to advocate and provide resources for school librarians.  My support of the conference allows them to have resources to support our field on a national level and I think that is so important.

I’m sure there are more, but that is my quick take on the conference.  I know what as I’m coming back that the dollars I spend will have been well worth it, the time away from students and staff will be worth it because of all the new ideas, new connections, and new resources I’ll be bring back with me, and that the time face to face to interact and network with my friends and colleagues will be so well worth it, too!

Looking forward to a great AASL conference!

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Catching-Up

October 27th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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As you may have noticed, the blog has been silent a bit since my return from Ireland/Scotland at the end of July.  It is hard to believe how fast time flies.  We got from the trip, school started at the beginning of August and we were off to the races.  The nice thing is starting so early in August, we now get a two week vacation for fall break.  Today is the last day and I have loved every minute.  For the first four years of my career, I was at a year-round school where we got 3 weeks off (which was also wonderful).  Its been twelve years since I left that position and was back on a traditional calendar, so I’m sooo glad to have some fall time off.

I’ve used the two weeks for a variety of things.  I went hunting for relatives in cemeteries working on our family tree.  I spent some time with my adorable nieces and nephews.  I did a long overdue revamp of my personal website I caught up on some projects both personally and professionally (but not all of them), and presented a webinar on edWeb.net on eBooks.

Speaking of edWeb, that’s a new project in that I’m presenting a monthly webinar on eBooks on edWeb in a community hosted by Rourke Educational Media.  So far we’ve done two, and we have a couple more scheduled before the end of the year.  It has been fun to see people questions and see that we’re all grappling with the same issues and concerns.  Come join us in the community for the conversations – http://edweb.net/eBooks/

AASL will be coming up soon, so preparing to head to Hartford, CT in a few weeks.  It looks to be a great conference, so I can’t wait.  It is always great to see the amazing things happening in school libraries all across the US.  We all have the same struggles, too, but I find conference is a great time to put some of that aside and celebrate the great things that are happening, too.  (and hopefully take some of those ideas back to my own library!)

We’ll see how often I can keep up with the blog posts, but hopefully more often than just once every three months! :)  Hope you are enjoying the last weekend of October!

 

 

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Ireland/Scotland – Days 9 & 10

July 19th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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Today we woke up in Oban and had a nice breakfast before heading off again. This time we are returning to Edinburgh for the night before we head home tomorrow, but we planned some stops along the way back.

The first was to Glen Coe which was the site of the 1692 massacre where the MacDonalds Clan because they did not submit the allegiance to King William. They really had, but it was a few days late due to weather and starting off at the wrong location. Soldiers headed to the coe along with some of the Campbell Clan and killed 38 men that night as well as 40 women and children died later due to know housing. However, it is also one of the most spectacular views I’ve ever seen. I don’t know that words can describe it and I’m pretty sure the picture will never do it the justice. But, it is one of the most beautiful views in the highlands.

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It was breath taking. From there we kept on and our next stop was to visit Hamish. Hamish was born in 1993 and has his own Facebook page. He is a long-haired cow. He was a hoot and it was another good chance to get out and stretch our legs. I got some good picture of the Scotland’s flower thistle….of course, here we call it a weed. But, not there. It is on everything!!!

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We stopped for lunch in Aberfoyle and then continued on towards Edinburgh. One last stop to the William Wallace Monument in Stirling. It was beautiful, and our guide Brian said it was just up the hill and there was a pretty decent path. I swore he said it wasn’t too bad, but by the time I got to the top I really needed oxygen I think. It was amazingly steep. But, it was worth the climb to see the monument and the views.

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From there we headed on to Edinburgh for the night. We stopped at the Royal Mile so that anyone who needed some last minute shopping could finish up. From there we had dinner again at the Italian/Scottish food place – Jolly’s. Finally we checked into the hotel, adjusted our packing, all met downstairs for one last celebration as a group and headed to sleep.

DAY 10

Up early we were on the bus and ready to go at 7:00am. It may be the first time our entire group was early/on time the entire trip! ;) We had about an hours drive to Glasgow to catch our flights home.

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Every flight was left on time and we actually landed early in both cases as well. The flights home always seem to take longer going home, so it was good to land “Back Home Again in Indiana” about 5:30pm (which is 10:30pm Ireland/Scotland time!). Hoping to adjust to the time change, I stayed up to my normal bed time, but that was not easy. As I am writing this I am up way too early, but figure maybe an afternoon nap might be in my future.

Thanks for joining me on my trek to Ireland/Scotland. It was another amazing experience and I learned and saw sooo much. The people in our group were so much fun. There are 4 of us now who have done all 3 of these trips, and so it is always fun to reconnect each summer. I’ll be working on my scrapbook soon and this blog is a lot of the basis for that. I’ll also go back in and fix all the spelling/grammar mistakes and add some more details this week, too!

Til the next adventure….

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 8

July 18th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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Today we got up and were out the door by 9am as usual. We area heading to the Loch Ness in the Scotland Highlands which is quite a little drive from Edinburgh. There are lots and lots of winding roads in Scotland and I’m pretty sure we traveled them all. We stopped in a few little towns along the way for restrooms and snacks/lunch. The drive was beautiful although I know I dozed a bit here and there. We did get our first (and at this point ONLY) rain that we’ve had while on the trip, so I did finally get to use the raincoat that I purchased just for this trip. But, it was very short lived….maybe 5 minutes.

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Finally in the late afternoon we arrived at Loch Ness. It was absolutely breathtaking. A loch differs from a lake in that a lake is completely surrounded by land. A loch has an in or out and is connected to other bodies of water via a river. The loch is along a fault line which is why it is so deep. 234 meters at its deepest point. It has very little beach area as soon as you get in the water, there is a pretty deep drop off. It is all fresh water and drinkable, but it is so dark. I tried unsuccessfully to find Nessie, but as we learned later in the visitors center it is highly unlikely that she exists. So, there went my hopes and dreams of becoming rich and famous with the first actual photo.

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I loved the Loch. The Urquhart Castle dates to the 13th-16th century before it was explode within. The weather gets to rocky on the Loche that the waves will actually touch the top of the castle remains. We went through the visitors center were they talked in depth of the research done to debunk the rumors of Nessie. We followed it with some shopping in the visitors center where I finished up souvenirs that I needed.

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We boarded the bus and trekked onward to Oban where we are staying for the night. It is a lovely seaside port/town. We arrived just in time for dinner. I had a nice pork loin which was pretty good and an amazing apple mandarin crumble with cream. Yum! After that we walked around the town a bit, visited a local establishment for a bit, and finally just sat out the hotel looking at the bay and enjoying our time.

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We had planned another stop or two, but the time estimates to get to Loch Ness were off, so we’ve pushed some of them until tomorrow and our return trip to Edinburgh.

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 7

July 15th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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This morning start much like our others. Up and downstairs and ready to board the bus at 9am. However, this time we did not have Brian joining us. Instead our local guide Shawna boarded and gave us a guided tour with Arthur at the wheels of the bus.

We drove to the “New Town” part of Edinburgh which which dates back to the 1767. It is very well planned out with straight streets, gardens, and squares. My kind of organization! This part of town was designed for the wealthy, so it was top notched housing ages ago. We drove past several houses that have distinct historical connections. For example, we drove past the home where Alexander Graham Bell was born.

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We drove down to another street and saw the home of Lord Lister from 1870-1877. He is famous for coming up with the concept of antibacterial. He went around the world speaking including the US, where two doctors Johnson and Johnson heard him speak and if you put all the pieces together…..bandaids, Listerine, etc. all came down the road.

The last house that we stopped at was the home of author Robert Louis Stevenson who lived in this house from 1852-1880. He was a child when they moved here.

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The tour continued drive up Prince Street where some of the more higher end shopping is done today. We drove past Jenner’s Department store which she compared to as the Scotland’s version of Harrods’ Store in London. I’ll had to admit that during our free time this afternoon I returned and found a very nice new sweater that I needed.

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We past the Walter Scott memorial which has over 60 statues from his books and is 287 up to the top. (I opted not to do that today!) By the time I got back there in the afternoon, 12 steps was going to be more than I could handle.

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Anyway, we continued up to Queen’s resident when she is in Edinburgh – Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen is obviously in London waiting for the arrival of her newest great-grandchild, so that made our parking much easier. While we didn’t explore the house, we did take some pictures and enjoy a little time in the gift shop.

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From there we went to the Queen’s Park which was just amazing. Such great views of the city and the park was gorgeous. We even saw a Swan with her 4 youngsters which I understand is most rare. In Great Britain, it is still law that if you mess with a Queen’s Swan you can be sent to the Tower of London for beheading because it has never been repealed from centuries before. We all stayed clear just in case.

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From there, it was a short drive to Edinburgh Castle. Shawna continued as our tour guide around the outsides of the castle. It is just breathtaking and amazing to see how many layers there are to the castle. Built on top of a volcanic mountain, it is just huge and very hard to get into…which was the point. Basically whoever has control the castle has controlled Scotland. Here are a variety of images of the castle. I took tons, so trying not to overload the blog! :)

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After Shawna was done, we were on our own for the rest of the day until dinner. Everyone kind of headed out in a variety of directions, so I just took off as well. As part of our city tour, I had seen a little Christmas shop that I needed to visit which was down the Royal Mile. It of course was at the opposite end that I was at, so I popped in and out of shops along the way. I have gifts for the family almost done….and maybe a treasure or two for me as well. From there I headed over to see the National Museum of Scotland. They had a wonderful exhibit on Mary, Queen of Scots that was recommended to us. Spend about 30-45 minutes exploring, but no photos allowed. From there, I headed over and saw the statue of Greyfriars Bobby. This little dog followed his master to the graveyard the day they buried him, and remained living on top of the grave for another 14 years until he died and was buried in the grave. Such devotion from a little dog even though over the years they had tried to get him to leave. People brought him food and he remained guarding his master. I found a picture book about him that I bought, too. Legend has it that if you pat his head, you’ll make sure to return. I did! :)

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After that I was tired of walking and ready for lunch. But, before that I walked past two important places in Children’s Literature history. The little cafe where J.K. Rowling started and wrote the first Harry Potter – The Elephant House and a little ways down the street the Balmora Hotel where she rented some sweets to finish the last book! :)

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From there, I was ready for lunch….well, it was way past lunch. So I grabbed a sandwich and ate it in the park across the street. Careful to keep the birds from it. After lunch a little more shopping and I was done. I headed back to the hotel to meet the group for dinner. I got a little turned around a few times, but eventually got here just in time to change clothes and board the bus. We had Italian Scottish tonight where I got a lovely pork chop!

Tomorrow we head up to the Highlands and Lock Ness. Got my eye out for the monster!

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 6

July 14th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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Not sure how this blog post is going to work because the wifi is touchy at best. But, we’ll see how it goes.

We got up EARLY this morning…5:00am, breakfast at 5:45am, and then on the bus and out the door at 6:15am. We had to catch the ferry from Belfast to Stranraer in Scotland. We said goodbye to our bus driver Tom who is going back to Dublin. We’ll get a new bus and driver when we get to Scotland It all moved quickly and we got our tickets, luggage stored, and then on the ship pretty quickly. This was a HUGE ship.

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The ride took about 2.5 hours. I spent most of the time on Facebook and catching up on emails. However, the signal over the water was mixed. I think I got a little nap in, too. Oh, and I did take lots of pictures.

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For those of you that don’t know C.L.A.S.S., the head of the group Barbara Pedersen always says to make sure to not let anyone steal your joy. Well, I found some at a store in Glasglow that was called Joy!

We got off the boat and found our new bus and driver Arthur who will be driving us around for the next few days. We started up along the coastline. It was a beautiful drive. We stopped along the way for a few photos, too!

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We kept going until we got to Alloway to the Robert Burns house. He wrote several poems in his short 37 years. Most know to us is the poem Auld Lang Syne that added with folk music is now sang at the end/beginning of each year. His birth home is quite small, but we had a nice time touring it and the adjacent visitor center where we also had a nice lunch.

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From there we headed to Glasglow to do some shopping. I found very little except some fabric for my bookshelf quilt, but otherwise we just walked around and soaked in the city.

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Now we get back on the bus and head to Edinburgh where we will be for the next few days. We got to the hotel checked in, and then off to dinner – a Chinese buffet. Not sure that was what any of us expected. I’d like to think it because there were limited choices open on a Sunday evening. But, who knows. I found enough to eat, but wasn’t overly impressed (I know…shocking!). Anyway, we had some time so Brian took us out on a walk to get a feel for the town. We’ll get a guided tour tomorrow of the city and of Edinburgh Castle! We’ll have a lot of time on our own to explore the city, so that will be fun, too.

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After our walk, we headed back to the hotel to rest and get ready for the day tomorrow. Looking forward to another great day!

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 5

July 13th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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Today we left about 9am again. However, some of us were tired from the previous evenings adventures. Luckily a bus ride gave us time for a nap. We stopped along the way at a gas station to spend the last of our Euro coins. We are going to Belfast in Northern Ireland and they use the British Sterling (Pound) for their currency). As Brian shared on the bus ride up, when Queen Elizabeth I was ruling, she brought over Scots to Northern Ireland and gave them the land. So this made the Irish having to working for the Scots who were loyal to the crown. In 1922, when Ireland gained its independence, the 6 northern counties remained part of United Kingdom. This is what has caused the long standing battled between the Catholic Nationalists and Protestants Loyalists. However, in 1998 they signed the Good Friday Accords which has basically left the area in peace. There are still incidents here and there, but they fizzle quickly. The town is marked in areas by the Irish and United Kingdom flag which will tell you what type of people lives in those areas. There is still work to do, but they have come a long way. 10 years ago they would have never had tourists, so it is wonderful we can explore this area now. The drive was probably a 3 or so hours from Dublin to Belfast.

We arrived in Belfast, and started off with a local guide who gave us a bus tour around the city. We saw some of the political murals they had on the buildings, the Parliament Building in the Stormont Estate. We crossed the Lagan River and saw where C.S. Lewis (a native of Belfast) went to school for a little while. The city was very heavily influenced by the regin of Queen Victoria, so there are lots of buildings and relics named for her and Albert including the Albert Memorial Clock (pictured below). St. Patrick is also buried here in Belfast.

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Following our tour we grabbed a quick bite of lunch. As we had little time, we went to a mall food court and ended up at Burger King — which was okay with me.

After that we go back on the buses and headed to the Titanic museum. The ship that sunk in 1912 was built here in Belfast and in 2011 in anticipation of the 100th anniversary they build a Titanic experience museum on the site where the boat was built. I’ll have to admit I wasn’t sure about this, but it turned out great. It is very interactive and well done. They had a glass floor where you can watch a subs view of the entire wreckage. Lots of details on how it was built and some of the passengers involved. They also had a live connection with a group out on the ocean working and you could use an iPad to connect with the oceanographers and ask questions. (I couldn’t think of any!). When I was done, a short run through the gift shop and used the remaining time I had left to get up the Day 3 blog post. The museum was hard to take pictures of inside, but I tried a few. There are also tons of views in the outside. The building is as tall as the Titanic and the big pillars are actually where it was built.

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From there we drove to our hotel and checked in. It is just brilliant! There is A/C that I can control (although the weather has cooled some). We have dinner in about an hour and after that I anticipate most of us may just crash early. We have to be up at the crack of dawn to catch the ferry to Scotland, so we are LEAVING here at 6:15am. (That is 1:15am Indiana time!) But should be a fun ride across to Scotland for about 2.5 hours.

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 4

July 13th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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We started the day by boarding the bus at 9am and heading out with our city tour guide Kay. She was full of wonderful information as we toured the city. Did you know that while Dublin only has 1.4 million residents, it has the same number of taxi cabs as New York City. She pointed out major landmarks, statues, etc. that we could visit during our own time in the afternoon.

Our first stop was to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Kay gave us a quick walking tour pointing out the women’s chapel which had just been refurbished and the grave of author Jonathan Swift. We had a little time to walk around and take pictures.

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Following St. Patrick’s, we drove back on the bus to Phoenix Park where we stopped to see a cross that was erected in 1979 in honor of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland — the first by a Pope. It was on a big man-made hill that was built so the million plus attendees could see him. Ireland is 84% Catholic. The percentages use to be higher, but have dropped as others have immigrated to the country and kept their own religions.

We drove along the Liffey River which is the center of Dublin and pointed out the Guinness Beer and Jamison Whiskey factories. She also pointed out several galleries and museums, but most importantly to several folks the best places for shopping

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The tour ended with us at Trinity College so we could see the Book of Kells. Unfortunately, you can’t take any photos there as the book is ancient and has to be cared for very carefully. It is beautifully illustrated and the writing is just amazing. Following that, we were on our own for the day. We stopped by a statue of Molly Malone (Tart with the Cart) and took pictures. Then, we headed out down Grafton Street and weaved our way through the shops. We stopped for lunch at a Japenese Bistro (I can hear the laughters now!). But, as I had already exceeded by courage ability, I headed to McDonald’s for some comfort food (now there is really laughter I imagine!). It was good and tasted just like home. Following lunch we walked over the river crossing at the Half Penny Bridge. It is the only pedestrian bridge over the river. We headed up to Henry street and did some more shopping and snacking. Time was running out, so we wandered back towards Trinity College to meet the group and head to dinner.

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Dinner was at Taylor’s and it was frankly just okay. Beef Guinness stew was the main course. The desert was some sort of apple pie, but that didn’t taste very good. Overall we weren’t impressed. But, we pressed on. We came out to find we had a new bus. Not sure why, but this one is bigger and the air works better. So, we’ll take it. Our bus driver, Tom, had been kind enough to move all of our stuff for us while we were eating.

We headed back to the hotel and then packed up for tomorrow. Mostly so we’d have that done as about 9:30pm, we headed out to the bar scene on a Friday night in Dublin. The Temple Bar district seems to be where the most excitement is, so that was our destination. We were all glad to say we went, but we quickly figured out that wasn’t probably the best place for us since most of us are past are 20s. So, we found another bar not too far called Half-Penny Bridge Bar where they had some great local music. We stayed for a while, but the temperatures got the better of us. So, off we headed to Madigan’s, again. We listened to some great music and had some wonderful conversations. We had a great time. After we closed down the pub, we got some food and then headed back to the hotel. It was a late night, but so much fun!

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 3

July 13th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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Today we got up and had a nice breakfast, finish packing up, loaded up the bus, and took off. At the end of the day, we’ll be in Dublin, but a few stops along the way.

First was to Blarney Castle in Blarney. Brian told us that in the castle was started in the 10th century and last addition sometime in the 16th century. The family that owed it got a letter from Queen Elizabeth I being friendly and nice saying her soldiers were coming to visit (essentially take over the castle). The family replied “how lovely”. Queen Elizabeth replied again thanking them for being so hospitable and allowing them to take over the castle. However, upon their arrival, they were not so welcomed and one version said they were refused entry. The other version said they were welcomed in, given lots of wine and great food, and then sent off on their merry way. Either way, they didn’t take over the castle. When Elizabeth heard, she said “Oh Blarney” which is perhaps where the town gets its name from or so a legend goes. Legend has it that you will receive good luck and the gift of gab from kissing the stone. Of course, I think I may have already had the gift of gab, but the luck would be nice!

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Buried in the castle wall is the Blarney Stone. The stone is actually a scone stone / Scottish stone. It is put under the chairs of the kind/queen at coronation. This stone is about half a stone. It is embedded at the top of the castle. We walked and walked and walked up very steep, steep steps to reach it. You have to be upside down and then they push you over a “little” opening to get to it. For those of us who do not enjoy heights, it wasn’t the most comfortable feeling. But, I did it!

We walked out of the castle and headed into Blarney for some shopping and lunch. Well, actually, mostly shopping since I had to get lunch to go. But, I was able to cross off several people off my souvenir list. After the shopping, I grabbed a ham sandwich and a 7up and got back on the bus.

About an hour later, we arrived at the Rock of Cashel. The Rock is the home to some pretty old structures. It has been a Catholic Church and a Protestant Church. Parts of it were build in the 10th century. While it is not in use any longer, they are still burying people in family plots around the church. However in the 1930s they set-up a register for anyone who had a family plot to put in a claim. Anyone on that list can still be buried on the grounds, but after that the cemetery will be closed. It is believed there are still 5 people left on that list.

We had a wonderful tour guide who told us amazing things. I wish I could remember all of them better than I know I have. Ireland is the home to the round buildings seen below. They are truly something unique to the Irish. This particular one is unique in that it still has its original cap.

St. Patrick came to visit and baptist the King. However, it is a rather steep walk up to the Rock and kind of lost his balance and put his staff right through the King’s foot. The King, not familiar with Christian practices, believed that was part of the ritual of baptism and suffered through it without comment. As part of the Rock, St. Patrick also had his own cross. The original has been brought indoors which is photoed below. We also went to the chapel which is the oldest structure on the site. The Cormac Chapel wasn’t very big, but just amazing, but beautiful. It is the part under the scaffolding as they are trying to take water out of the sandstone to preserve the Chapel for years to come.

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Following our tour, we got back on the bus for Dublin. Brian shared with us the story of the Ireland Independence. In 1916, a group of men proclaimed Ireland independent in front of the Post Office in Dublin. However, they were all caught and killed. This did lead to civil war for the next several years. In 1922, a treaty was signed that gave Ireland 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland to be independent. The other 6 counties remained as part of Britain and now referred to Northern Ireland. Dublin is about a 90 minute bus trip (or longer depending on traffic.) We’ll be spending the next two days there (until Saturday morning).

We arrived at the hotel and checked in. We followed that with dinner at the hotel. It was fish and chips. Those of you that know me well know that I hate seafood, but I managed to eat some of it. After dinner we did walk a little way in Dublin just to get an idea of where we are. Tomorrow we get a full-fledged tour which will be much more than we talked about today. We did see the Post Office that Brian referred to in the 1916 incident. After dinner we saw the Belvedere Irish Night show. It was actually pretty cool as it was a mix of Irish singing and dancing. We got some modern as well as traditional Irish dancing. The songs were kind of mix as well. While it was getting late, a group of us did head out to the pub for a beverage or two. We found a nice place around the corner from the hotel and they had local live music. We had a great time just listening and soaking up the atmosphere. But, now it is almost 1:00am and I’m tired. Luckily we don’t have to be on the bus until 9:00am tomorrow which should help.

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Ireland/Scotland – Day 2

July 10th, 2013 by Carl Harvey
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We got up on our own….wasn’t hard since I didn’t sleep as much as I might have liked. The no A/C is a bummer for someone like me who doesn’t do hot well. But, breakfast was good with eggs and toast!! We got a little late start, but headed off to tour the Ring of Kerry. It is a peninsula off Ireland and it was just beautiful. We stopped several places along the morning for photos. Each view was just breathtaking.

The first stop was the Bog Museum where you learned about how they harvest the blog for fuel and other uses. Bog is kind of like jello with water, dead trees, etc. that have formed this blog stuff. Once it dries out, then they can use it for a variety of stuff.

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From there we went to tour the Ring of Kerry stopping for several views. Brian also shared some of the history, but since I’m a little tired today I’m not sure my notes makes much sense. I’ll have to sort some of that out once I get home. But, here is some of the images.

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We drove on and had lunch in a small little town. I had a lovely BLT sandwich which was great.

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We then drove back to Killarney. We went to the National Park and took a Jaunting Horse ride through the park. It was beautiful. While we are there, we stopped at Ross Castle and took some photos, too. It was a fun sightseeing adventure.

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After the park, we explore Killarney. We did some shopping and just taking in the city. We had so much fun that we opted to not take the bus back to the hotel and ate dinner at the Caragh Restaurant where I had an awesome cheeseburger.

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We walked back to the hotel which was only about 15 minutes and now I’m ready to crash! Hopefully it will get a little cooler tonight! But, the plus side is the warm weather has brought lots of sunshine, so we’re getting great views that we might not have gotten otherwise!

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