I’ve never seen so much green -Anastasia Niforos
I go to Michigan State so I see the color green everywhere, but man Northern Ireland has got us beat. Today my group and I started the first day of our tour through Northern Ireland and it was like nothing I had never seen before. We took the Shamrocker to Trim Castle first and then went on a hike through Loughcrew.
Trim Castle was about an hour drive from Dublin. When we finally reached the castle I stepped off the bus and instantly got a whiff of fresh air. As we walked around the castle I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I learned that it has been around since the 12th century and I was in awe by the fact that much of it was still standing. I felt the brick and realized how hard it was. For a castle to last this long had me in shock, but the building fundamentals kept it standing.
After touring the castle for half an hour we got back on the bus and headed towards Loughcrew. I wasn’t sure what to expect when we got there, but I sure was excited. We were about to see tombs that were older than the Roman wall.
We finally arrived and right when I got outside my jaw dropped. There was land everywhere and it spread for hundreds of miles. Everything was green and the air smelled so fresh. We started our hike and had to walk up massive hills. It was quite the workout and as we walked a man and his three dogs joined us. It made the climb that much more enjoyable. I mean dogs make everything better.
The top finally came and as I was catching my breath I turned around to see the most beautiful view I have ever seen. Green land everywhere. Tall trees, cattle roaming along the grass, small cottages located within the hills and flowers spread for miles. I took in as much as I could because I had never seen anything like this before. I wanted to have this memory of this place with me for the rest of my life.
Eventually, we made our way to the tombs and I was the first group to go in. The area was very small and dark so we were given flashlights to see. There were three areas where the tombs were once located and within those were carvings on the rocks. So many different symbols that I had never seen before. I pondered on what each one could have meant. I thought maybe it was a way to honor the dead.
Today was quite possibly one of my favorites on this trip and I’ll hold these memories with me for the rest of my life.