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A Turn Coat and a Voyage to Ireland

BY ABBY

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Leaving Fishguard, in Wales, to get to Ireland

Leaving Fishguard, in Wales, to get to Ireland

Today was a very, very long travel day. It started off at eight am, and we were out the door by ten. My dad returned the keys in the mail slot of the tenant's hair salon, and hopped into the car. We were all proud of our speedy and problem free start to the day, until my mom realized she had forgotten her coat in the apartment. We all stared at her in disbelief, and a couple of pretty words came from my father's lips. My parents went and called the apartment owner on a payphone, but were answered by voicemail. My dad then went off on a short little walk to release a little stress he was feeling, and the rest of us sat and waited. In the twenty minutes my dad was gone nobody came to let us back in. My mom had already given up, and was looking at the store nearby to see if they had anything that would replace it in the windows. But my dad opted to give it another try, and this time, called him with success. He showed up in a matter of minutes, and my mom and I ran up the apartment and rescued the coat. And we were finally on our way. Good thing we always allow an hour of wiggle room, and don't rush ourselves to get places.

After two hours of driving we were at the ferry terminal, in within ten minutes after we got there we were already boarding. The trip was a long one, just over three hours, but we all kept ourselves busy. My dad even went shopping a little, and now has two large bottles of Irish Cream to finish off.

Our cottage is very cute and cozy, and the people who we are renting from are really nice too. Hannah and I get separate beds, but still have to share a room, but it's a lot more space than we usually get. It has two floors, and a large library which my dad has already started looking through. Our host, Elspeth, left us some homemade bread and hot cross buns, along with some milk and butter (but those were store-bought but proudly Irish). We even got to meet her very eager son Michael, who was ten years old. Her husband, Gerard, and her three year old son George, stayed back at their house. I really like it here, and right now all I can think is that I really hope the tiny fireplace can keep the house heated all right.

Posted by KZFamily 10:54 Archived in Ireland Tagged travel ireland cottage drive ferry

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I hope Hannah did have problems with travel sickness on the ferry. It can get quite rough (I'm speaking from experience here).

by Jane1

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