We all made it safely and without incident. I was even able to track all of our various flights with my iPad! The only dramatic tension was a delayed flight from Cleveland to Newark, but all was well and we headed off. Our new driver, Joe, was at the airport right on time to drive us to Trim.
The students were all pretty cheery, especially considering jet lag. We enjoyed tea and scones at the hotel, and then enjoyed a walk into town by the various medieval ruins along the Boyne. We made a quick visit to the site for a sneak preview, where we met Denis, the site co-director and enjoyed a walk with him and his two lovely children — Donica and Peter. Supervalu (the local grocery store) is already a beloved destination for the group, with crisps (potato chips) in various flavors the snack of choice.
The delivery man from Hot & Tender, who arrived with 10 pizzas for dinner (our normal Sunday dinner routine) was thrilled to see that we are back and planning to continue that particular tradition!
Energy levels will rise tomorrow after everyone gets a good night’s sleep. We are off for our first field trip at 9am — neolithic sites in the area. We walk the student through the geology and history of Ireland — first stop: Loughcrew and Kells.