20 May, 2016

by: Marisa Ruggirello

Song of the Day: I’m Just a Kid // Simple Plan

Today is now my third day without usable wifi. I promise I am only losing my mind a little bit. Maybe a lot. I never thought I was one of those people who was attached to their phones, but if there is anything that I have learned about myself in these last three days is that I have been living my life through a screen. I never realized how many times I reach for my phone to open up Twitter or Instagram when I’m bored or filling an awkward silence. So with that in mind, I began my last day on our tour throughout the Irish countryside before we arrived in Dublin. We went to what is called the Witch’s Seat, and once again climbed up another hill.

It was absolutely incredible to see something that ancient people built over 5,000 years ago. How they were able to build these structures without any technology is beyond mind blowing. I cannot even imagine the work that went into making this structure.

To finish off our Shamrocker tour, we went to a local fairy tree. The old superstition goes that the fairies have these trees located all over Ireland and it is bad luck to mess with the trees. Many of the people no longer believe in the fairies, but still respect the traditions of leaving the trees alone. People tie pieces of cloth, yarn, etc. to the branches of the tree and make wishes, such as help with an upcoming exam, or good thoughts for someone expecting a baby. Hearing the local myths about fairies was intriguing because these type of stories are things unable to be able to learned in a text book. So as my bus tour comes to a close and we arrive in Dublin, the only word I can use to describe my last three days is magical. Maybe I do believe in fairies after all.

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