Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ireland: On Arrival

The first couple of days abroad tend to be difficult: One is jet lagged and just generally out of sorts. Ed and I had had a long day of traveling, first from Salt Lake City to Newark (a flight just over four hours), followed by a flight from Newark to Shannon airport (another just under six-hour flight). Our international flight was delayed about an hour, so we also had a four-hour layover between flights.

Saturday was a very long day. Fortunately, the hotel I had booked is adjacent to the airport, which made it especially convenient after being so tired.

However, when we did arrive at Shannon Airport, we breezed through customs (especially me, since this was the first time I was able to use my Irish passport; I'm not sure the customs officially actually looked at me: I was simply waved through.) We walked across the rental car parking lot to our hotel, the Park Inn Hotel, and were allowed to check into our room immediately, so by just after 9 a.m. on Sunday we were able to relax. I took a four-hour nap, and Ed himself slept for a couple of hours.

We had a very early dinner at the hotel restaurant and took a short walk around the hotel afterwards, up to the Shannon Estuary, to stretch our legs. The weather was overcast and cool, quite pleasant, actually, and it was nice to be outside for awhile.

My aunt Anne from New York had decided to come to Ireland for a few days herself to visit with us and our cousins; we were on the same flight from Newark, so we were able to visit for several hours at Newark; I see Anne so rarely, and even more rarely do I get a chance to talk to her alone, that it was absolutely lovely to be able to do so, so it was especially nice that Anne and I went for a walk ourselves up the Shannon Estuary this evening.

From Ireland (2015)

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