18 May, 2016
by: Marisa Ruggirello
Song of the Day: Cherry Wine // Hozier
Today began our three-day bus tour across the Irish countryside. Although I had no idea what to expect, what I saw was something that I could have only imagined to exist in movies. Everywhere around me was lush with green grass, gorgeous yellow-flowered thorn bushes and lambs. Yes. Lambs. E V E R Y W H E R E. And yes, they are as cute as you would think they would be. The entire bus ride was beyond captivating because every scene outside my window was teeming with life and colors that I believed only to exist in photoshopped pictures.
Our first stop was at the Giant’s Causeway, which has an amazing myth behind how it came to be. It was absolutely incredible to see the hexagonal shaped rocks that have been there for over 50 million years. What I loved was hearing the oral history of the myth from our tour guide, and how its been passed down throughout the year. It made me think of our own folklore as Americans, such as Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed and how amazing it was to hear of another country’s stories from the locals.
The views from atop the hills at the causeway were equally as beautiful. It made me feel like an ant, but also beyond grateful for this experience.
Our next two stops were, much to my delight, Game of Thrones shooting sites. It was amazing to see the two places in person and to see the differences that CGI can bring to an already beautiful place.
Overall, today’s adventures were astounding, gorgeous and breathtaking. Tomorrow is surely not to disappoint.