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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dublin, July 25, 2012

Kimberly and Sam

We had an early morning, due to jet lag. We all met up at breakfast (in our uniforms) at eight this morning, ready to eat an Irish breakfast; this included grilled tomatoes, croissants and strange round concoctions...and we still don't  know what they are..... Breakfast was followed by a tour at Trinity College of the Book of Kells (Eileen read out of it in Latin) and the library.  The Book of Kells is a book of the Gospels transcribed by Monks c. 800 AD with colorful illustrations.  It was very interesting! We then went upstairs to the library to find thousands of handwritten historical books along with pictures, instruments and what I thought was really cool, the  Nobel Peace Prize.  Afterward, we rehearsed for the concert at Christ Church.  A steady audience was present for the rehearsal,  as well as for the concert. Sandra thinks she did super duper well in the concert as do the rest of us!  At the end of the concert, the audience approached the tables and asked many questions about the bells.  Then we all got ice cream (yummy) and went on a tour of the Christ Church belfry. We climbed all the way up to the bell tower.  We were not able to see the bells( too dangerous) so we only saw the ropes to the bells. We were able to ring the bells and learn the scientific change ringing method.  Finally, we were able to change out of our bell attire (which we got many comments on.) For dinner, we all split up and met back up for a musical pub tour. We hopped to three different pubs where we learned about and heard  the traditional Irish music.  We got free gift bags which included hats, maps and coupons.  We are sitting in bed ready to sleep, so good night Ireland!

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