Hey everybody! So, in case you were all anxiously wondering, we successfully arrived in Dublin, suitcases, guitars, violins, pedal boards, and bodies in tact. Hooray! We took our short flight from Lexington to Charlotte, then waited 4 hours in the airport for our flight to Dublin. Our Dublin flight was about 8 hours, and we were all hoping to get a full night’s sleep on that flight. However, I think most of us got an average of 2 hours of sleep during that entire flight. We arrive in Dublin around 7:15 AM, which would be 2:15 AM Eastern Time. Needless to say, we were a little out of it. But we made it to Ireland! And for that we were super pumped.
We took a bus from Dublin to Galway, met up with Eric, our local correspondent with the church in Galway, and got to our hotel just in time to throw on a clean shirt and hop onto another bus that would take us to see the Cliffs of Moher. We spent the rest of the day touring the west coast of Ireland (we think). The Cliffs of Moher were absolutely breathtaking. (Hopefully, we’ll get to post some pictures for you soon.) After eating a quick lunch at the cafe there, we all went our own ways and explored the paths that took you around the cliffs. It reminded me of that moment in Pride and Prejudice when Lizzie is standing on the cliff, staring off into the ocean, wind blowing her dress around her ankles, and the beautiful piano music underscoring the scene. Sorry if you haven’t seen that movie, but that is the best way I can describe what it felt like on those cliffs. Seriously, awesome. As we toured the coast, we probably saw about 10 different old castles throughout the countryside, which is also pretty cool.
When we got back, we went to dinner and all ordered the exact same meal — fish and chips. Nothing like a good Irish dinner. We wandered around for a while trying to find a pub that had live “trad” music playing (traditional irish folk music), but weren’t able to find any tonight. But we will find one before we leave, for sure. I will not leave here without hearing live irish folk music.
So, now, we are back in our hotel and trying to convince ourselves that we should go to bed after about 34 hours of non-stop travel. :) We don’t need a whole lot of convincing on that one. Tomorrow, we look forward to having our first traditional irish breakfast. We will also be playing worship music in the square and talking with people (which should prove to be very interesting). Then in the evening, we will be leading a worship night at the church here in Galway. Woo! So much to do! So little time! So much Jesus!
Thanks so much for praying for us! We really appreciate it. We’re having a great time so far, and will continue to keep you updated on what is happening, whenever we have access to WiFi!
(For the record, Emily R and I have already begun to think in Irish accents… maybe we’ll be able to imitate them by the time we get back.)