The first day back in the us. One day to just kind of relax and adjust ourselves before we made the drive back home. It was strange to be driving back on our side of the road somehow. And...it was hot!! We'd been acclimated to sixty to seventy degree weather and now we were sweltering through high ninety degree humidity. Talk about culture shock!
I took this pic at a little bike shop after brunch...mmmmm
we flew to london and i saw some olympians...and big ben, some double decker buses, red telephone booths, westminister abbey, the london eye, and got my pic taken with some bobbys! goal of my trip completed lol!
left london around 3, our flight left about eight or so, and got into newark around 11pm. talk about being completely zonked!
sad. the last day in dublin. last day of this paradise. we sang kingdom melodies in the lobby until probably midnight, everyone crowded together, probably only half or so actually had songbooks..
the second day of convention. we got great seats, right on a balcony! anyways, we found these really cool stairs! a double staircase that i think escher or william curtis rolf would envy quite possibly.
and who knew a photobomber could actually add to the mystery of the photo? i think this one's great!
the weirdest thing. whenever i go to a convention in my home district, i know about 75% of the people. this convention, i hardly knew anyone...but it was still amazing! 9000 people who are mostly strangers, and you can just drum up a conversation with them and feel as if you've known them forever!
thursday we spent some time in the ministry inviting people around dublin to the convention the following three days! what a great experience! my favorite was when we were all on the tram, all crammed full of witnesses, and a few other people, just feeling this incredible surge of happiness.
i like to think of myself as a creative thinker. maybe i'm not, but don't go bursting my bubble. anyways. the group was thinking of ditching the rental car and just taking another tour of dublin. this girl, however, stuck with the car idea, complaining the whole way about her poor wittle bum foot (haha), and succeeded in applying more pro's than con's to the situation, succeeding with a rental car, a cross-country roadtrip (and back! in ONE day!), and a pretty amazing spot to eat lunch.
where we went: the dingle peninsula.
what we saw: lots and lots of sky and green, green grass. also, lots of sheep.
|just imagine miles and miles of this...amazing..|
|you just can't capture it. truly breathtaking.|
|dr. who made an appearence ;)|
on a high note, i got to see (i think) the oldest biblical papyrus in existence. a portion of the book of john, it was penned only fifty years after john wrote the book of john! pretty amazing! i had goosebumps looking at it. they don't let you take pictures of it, however, so you will just have to trust me when i say that it was amazing, and know that if i could've taken pictures of it, i would've gone snap-happy and it would be the photo of the day..
for now, you will have to content yourself with this one:
monday we arrived back in dublin in the afternoon and were all so tired from travelling we decided to all take "cat naps" after we checked into the hotel. we explored the grounds after our naps and in between dinner and found them quite lovely. then we ate dinner; we were all quite deliriously hungry!
july 7, 2012.
still a little jet lagged. Friday we headed to Durham to see the cathedral and castle there. such a quaint little place. like most places I've visited in Europe. cobblestone streets, ancient stone buildings, and oh! the american "embassy," Starbucks.
we walked along the river and up to the cathedral. a very impressively built structure. we then went and had fish and chips and pots of tea. my mouth still waters to think of those amazing bites of crispy cod and soft chips with vinegar and lemon.
after, we headed to the Durham castle, but, alas! it was closed for a wedding. disappointing. i know.
i left the house mid-morning, triple-checked i had my passport and clean underwear and hopped in my little car to start off our journey. i love travelling but hate leaving, despite the fact that i get that nervous anticipation with the unanswered question in my mind of, "what will happen on this journey?"
over the next three days we would be travelling, with little sleep, and high hopes.
anyways. like i said, we got ice cream. it was raining, then cleared up, then rainy. schizophrenic, the weather was. like ireland's weather. we saw an impressive rainbow, and then i was impressed by the raindrops on the sunroof.
day 75 was june 30. yeah, that's right, last month.
i know i've posted a bunch before about bob (you say, "what about bob?"), but here's another. just face it. we all need our daily dose of cute.